1963 Chevrolet Corvette Harley Earl Styling Car Is Selling At Mecum Kissimmee

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The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Harley Earl Styling Car, an exquisite automotive masterpiece, is set to dazzle enthusiasts at the Kissimmee 2024 auction with an estimated value of $750,000 – $1,000,000. This unique vehicle, originally a retirement present for the revered former GM Styling Head Harley J. Earl, is a profound symbol of automotive innovation and design.

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Harley Earl, a pioneer in automotive styling, revolutionized the industry with his visionary designs and concepts, including the introduction of clay modeling and the concept car. He significantly influenced the styling direction of General Motors, making GM’s annual model unveilings a nationwide phenomenon. Among his numerous achievements, the Corvette stands out as a testament to Earl’s design prowess, particularly after performance enhancements by Zora Arkus-Duntov.

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This specific Corvette, chassis number 30867S114012, boasts a 327/300 HP V-8 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Its bright blue metallic exterior and blue interior reflect Earl’s love for the ocean’s deep blue hue. The car features unique design elements like the white stinger hood graphic, special external badging, and blue and white leather seats, making it a one-of-a-kind collector’s item.

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Earl cherished this car, driving it through the streets of Palm Beach, Florida, in the 1960s. Its historical significance was further cemented when Earl used it for parade laps as the Grand Marshal of the 1965 Daytona 500. The prestigious Harley J. Earl Trophy, still awarded to Daytona 500 winners, is named in his honor.

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With a storied past, including documented cross-country travels by a subsequent owner and a comprehensive restoration in the 1980s, this Corvette has graced numerous prestigious events like the Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It’s a true Bloomington Gold Great Hall Inductee, representing a significant chapter in American automotive history and the enduring legacy of Harley Earl’s design brilliance.

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Mecum Kissimmee is January 2-14 and is the largest auction of the year. With over 4,000 vehicles for sale, this is a can’t miss event. Visit Mecum.com to see all of the vehicles for sale, purchase tickets, and to consign your vehicle and register to bid.

Shawn Henry

Shawn Henry is an accomplished automotive journalist with a genuine passion for cars and a talent for storytelling. His expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of the automotive world, including classic cars, cutting-edge technology, and industry trends. Shawn's writing is characterized by a deep understanding of automotive engineering and design.

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