Barn Mystery: Information Wanted on 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe
by Keith Cornett
Terry Michaelis from Proteam Corvette has got a mystery car on his hands and is turning to the internet to see if anyone is familiar with VIN #816, a low mile and unrestored 327/340 hp 1963 Corvette Coupe that has lived its life in the Detroit area. Have you seen this split-window?
The Black on Black split-window Coupe is VIN #816 and its body number is #334. The coupe was built on October 1st or 2nd with the following famous Z06 race cars: VIN #684, #701, #787, #809, #813, #875, and #895. It is believed that VIN #816 is only one body number higher than the Bondurant Z06 #813 that is now owned by Vic Eldebrock.
Built with a 327/340 hp engine mated to a 4-speed transmission, the coupe also has special air ducting from the front core support to the firewall.
The Corvette is a Detroit area car owned once by William Edmonds of Novi, Mi, and was sold new by Ed Rinke Chevrolet of Centerline, Michigan (Dealer 384/Zone 44) which is about one mile from the GM Tech Center. This Corvette has had no racing modifications whatsoever. Was this an engineering study or a hack at home job?
Some additional identification features include a Banana Splits Club decal on the back of the rear-view mirror and a Wayne State University decal. Does anyone remember this car? Click here to see more photos of VIN #816. If you have any information about the Corvette, please email [email protected].
This has been posted over in the Forum to let the C2 guys have a crack at it. Head over and see if they have any leads!
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