Monday, September 20, 2010
Cool photos of a 1963 Corvette dealership display during Grotewold Chevrolet grand opening celebration
The pictures themselves have an interesting history, as they were among a stack that was to be thrown out when the Chevrolet Zone Office closed in 1986. My dad was a district manager there, and grabbed a big handful of pictures for me because he thought I’d think they were neat. Most of them were of dealerships that the district managers took to put in the file. I’ve featured some of them before on my Examiner page, and I really do think they’re fun to look at.
Obviously, the point of this one is that the body lifts off, revealing all the exciting innards of the all-new ’63 Corvette. And really, with the new independent rear suspension, aluminum wheels, and all the state-of-the-art technology that went into that car, it really was a sight to behold.
Here’s another fun little side note. These pictures were posted awhile back on the Hemmings Motor News blog, and writer Daniel Strohl noted that a similar display of a 1965 Corvette sold at a RM Auction for $704,000. The auction bill would have led you to believe that the ’65 was the only one of these made, but, as the new owner discovered after looking at these pictures, a ’63 did indeed exist. I wonder if this one is hiding someplace ready for a collector to pay nearly three-quarters of a million dollars as well. Or did the display suffer the same fate that these pictures nearly did?
Anyway, please enjoy the photo slide show of the 1963 Grotewold Chevrolet grand opening, including this fascinating Corvette display. I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to go back in time and look at it just as it was.