This one-off Corvette will cross the auction block at 2:35 pm on Saturday, May 22 in Indianapolis, IN.
The ‘63 Harley J. Earl Corvette Convertible features a 327 cubic inch engine, 4-speed manual transmission, distinct dual instrument panels as well as unique side-exit exhaust that sprout from behind the front wheel wells. Chrome trim, exterior emblems, interior control knobs and four-wheel disc brakes that are all pre-production 1965 parts.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for racecar drivers, collectors and enthusiasts to own the vehicle that was specifically built for the namesake of the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Trophy,” said President Dana Mecum. “Created by General Motors as a gift for their former designer Harley J. Earl, this one-of-a-kind factory special convertible is a unique piece of Corvette history that we are excited to auction at our Indy event, right in the heart of motorsports country.”
For those not familiar with the name or his legacy, Harley J. Earl, influenced by the British and European sports cars of the time, is responsible for the original Corvette. As General Motors’ designer, he began design work secretly on ‘Project Opel’. With help from Chevrolet general manager Ed Cole, the ‘53 Corvette was rolled out into American history. As a friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., Earl designed the prestigious Daytona 500 winner’s trophy and had it sculpted inside his Michigan design studio.
In February of ‘63, this special edition Corvette (Shop Order 10323) also served as a parade car for the Daytona 500.
Be sure to check out the other lots available at Mecum’s 2010 Spring Classic.