This 1964 Corvette roadster is one of 144 ’64 convertibles to be delivered through GM Canada during that model year. It was assembled Sep 30th, 1963 (the last day of the first month of ’64 production), and delivered to Gorrie’s Chev Olds in Toronto on Oct 10th 1963 (vin #1,733).
It is a two top Tuxedo black (only 1,800 cars out of 22,000 were black in ’64), 300 HP, 4 speed, power brakes, power steering car (only 850 out of the 22,000 had the combo of 300 HP, 4 spd, and power brakes). The rare Tuxedo black exterior came with one of four interior colour choices… black, white, silver, and red. GM has no numbers on interior choices, but black was the most common…this one is red, meaning it is just a smaller segment within that small segment of 1,800 black cars. It, in all “probability”, is the only 1964 Canadian car with these options (1 out of 144). I had an actuarial mathematician crunch the numbers.
This car has had a painstaking frame off restoration staring with a correct “early” ’64 frame. It has Top Flighted out of the gate at NCRS Local judging in Toronto in June of 2015 (94.4%). It Top Flighted at NCRS Regionals in Auburn Indiana in April 2017 (95.5%), and Top Flighted again at NCRS Regionals in Hamilton Ontario in Sept 2017 (97.4%). After each judging session, corrections and tweaks were undertaken, to improve on the score. In June it earned Bloomingtom Gold (96.4%). Bottom line, it is a 97% car currently being wooed to enter Triple Crown in Chicago and Cobble Beach Concours in Orillia (they are asking “me” to please enter it). We plan on taking it to NCRS Nationals in July 2020…shooting for 98% (if we still own it then).
I have reviewed the Haggerty vehicle estimator site. Value is added to the shown price for having two tops and power steering and brakes. The car has wide profile reproduction knock offs ($2,500) mounted on new 65 series black wall radials ($1,000) for daily driving. She also has five original 1963 dated Kelsey Hayes steel rims ($2,500) with “early” ’64 chrome hubcaps (the nicer ones, $600), mounted on 5 Coker 4 ply white wall tires for judging ($1500). While the car is not quite Concours level, it is very close.
The only defect with the car is that in the ’80’s, the block was decked, removing the broach marks from the engine pad and obscuring the engine pad stamping made by hand at the factory. The numbers are there, but need to use grazing light to see them, and for that, we lose one whole percentage point at judging (without that loss, we could approach a 99% score).
I will be tweaking a couple things pointed out to me at Bloomington when I have some time. This car is ready to be judged at the NCRS Nationals coming to Indiana in July 2020 and should score 97%. If I still own it then, I will bring it to that event.
We have paperwork, pedigree, glove box docs, restoration pics, and letters from GM validating the Vin #.
Tons of photos taken throughout the restoration can be shown if needed. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 519 643-8692.
Please, just serious buyers. I don’t “need” to sell…just considering another project if it all lines up.
Posted Aug 2019