What’s blue or black and wears a split window out back?

What color is that? Prior to the sun coming up, by all accounts it appeared to be black. However as the sun began to rise, there was a faint glint of blue that could be perceived. Or was it just the early morning sky reflecting off of the pristine bodywork?

Depending on the model year, if this had been 1951, the vehicle in question could have been be a split window Volkswagen Beetle (as seen below).

Blue 1951 split window Volkswagen  Beetle_ Rear window detail_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

However, in this case the subject just happened to be a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, a.k.a. the split window coupe. A unique design feature available for only one year, and it just happens to be one of my all time favorite Corvettes.

So with the sun finally coming up, i could clearly see that this 1963 Sting Ray was in fact Daytona Blue and not the alternative, which in 1963 would have been Tuxedo Black. So now it was time to get serious and record my chance encounter with this stunning split window coupe…

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_3/4 side view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_front view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

These very cool knock-off wheels were offered as an option (P 48) for 1963. However, after doing some research, I learned that back in 1963 Chevrolet did not deliver any of their optional, knock off wheels on the Corvette, due to quality issues. So I suspect that these wheels were likely sourced from a later model Corvette.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_front wheel detail_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_side view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_rear view & reflections_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

The classic 1963 Sting Ray contours; split rear windows and the raised, central spine detail that bisects the roof and continues down the back of the car, all blending seamlessly into the rear bodywork.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_split window, roof detail & reflections_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_3/4 rear view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

A stepping stone in the evolution of Corvette interiors, circa 1963. Design elements found in the 1963 interior continued to evolve, and their influences can still be found in Chevrolet’s latest offering for 2014, in their new Corvette Stingray.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_dash & interior detail_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Front hood reflections and the unique, dual faux grills.

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_front hood detail and reflections_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

Daytona Blue 1963 Corvette Split window coupe_3/4 front view_Cars&Coffee_9/07/13

As cool as the 2014 Corvette Stingray is, when all is said and done, it’s going to be hard to beat an original, and especially a 1963 split window.

(All photos by the author)

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