For those who do not know, Harley Earl is the designer of the original Corvette. His design work, known as "Project Opel", began as a secret project. He first offered it to Chevrolet general manager Ed Cole and Cole, thankfully so, accepted the project without hesitation. Later, the car was offered to the public in 1953 as the Chevrolet Corvette. Well, Mr. Earl, obviously, was given a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray by GM and has kept it for himself for all of these years. Until this weekend when it was auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was sold during the Mecum Original Spring Classic auction this past weekend for a whopping $925,000. A pretty impressive number, but a tad shy of the $1.3 Million reserve it had on it last year. We are going to go ahead and blame the economy on this one because there is no way a classic like this belonging to the designer could possibly have a decrease of interest.

The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was powered by a V8 engine with an output of 250 HP. It made the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.4 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 152 mph.

The Corvette that used to belong to Harley Earl is metallic blue with custom blue leather seats and white trim. It has a stainless steel side-exit exhaust, knock off wheels, stainless steel door and foot well inserts, and special unique gauges including altimeter, accelerometer, inside/outside temp, and vacuum pressure. This hand-built, one-of-a-kind Corvette was auctioned off to ProTeam Corvette.


Source: Straightline

What do you think?


  (448) posted on 07.22.2011

That was too expensive! Oh well, higher than its amount price is also considered a mark up because of being a vintage car.

  (505) posted on 07.13.2011

That was a very expensive car to own. I rarely see such kind of vintage Corvette. I hope the new owner will able to take care of this very precious item.

  (331) posted on 06.21.2011

Sorry, but I have laughed when I saw the tubes near the rear skirt and those wheels it look so hypnotic when that one spins, a typical vintage car. However, my respect is still on this car just remembering on how incredible is its performance.

  (541) posted on 06.21.2011

Wow! So this is where is all started.. The vintage look of the Corvette is not that appealing to someone’s eye. However, comparing the old and the newer version you could really see on how this car evolves including the look and its speed!

  (334) posted on 05.25.2011

Well, for me I like the aesthetic of this car. Iit seems vintage but you could see how great is it restoration. BTW, the figure performance is quite impressive for an old car.

  (600) posted on 05.25.2011

What the hell! With that look? It actually cost millions? I really don’t get the taste and point of buying a vintage car when its maintenance cost a lot.

  (216) posted on 10.15.2010

The tip off (even before looking at the picture), was "300-horsepower". In 1963, the base 327 4-barrel had 300hp. With Ramjet Fuel Injection (a $430.40 option), it was 360hp. This is from pages 155 and 161 in Karl Ludvigsen’s "Corvette: America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car", Second Edition, 1975.

  (291) posted on 10.13.2010

Holy crap. I haven’t seen this since a tour of the tech center in Warren senior year (’64). The conversion of the glove box door to a second instrument panel was neat. I’d be interested to learn if the drum brakes were converted to disc.

  (257) posted on 05.30.2010

I think it featured a unique metallic blue paintjob with white highlights and a blue leather interior and 300-horsepower fuel-injected 327.

  (798) posted on 05.30.2010

Well! if my memories serves me well.. jay leno has already a car like this.

  (815) posted on 05.27.2010

This is good as a collection car just like the Shelby gt super cobra.

  (406) posted on 05.26.2010

Impressive car but that’s odd! the exhaust valve is underneath the door, yes and it might burn the legs of the driver.

  (512) posted on 05.26.2010

Wow! that legendary Harley Earl Corvette Sting Ray really cost too much. Well, I guess its been a tradition to sell a legendary car that much.

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