Jay Leno’s Garage has been on a British vehicle streak for the last several weeks. A true American classic finally puts that to an end with the latest feature focusing in on a 1963 Chevy Corvette Coupe with a fuel-injected V8. Leno says that he bought the car sight unseen and shortly afterward shipped it out to be restored. Don’t expect to find any resto-mod cues here, though, like modern wheels or a throaty exhaust. This ‘Vette is just like it came out of the factory in December 1962.
Of course, the major thing that makes the ’63 famous is its one-year-only, split rear window. However, Jay invites the restorer to go through it from stem to stern to explain what else makes an early ’63 Corvette coupe different from later models. There are a ton of tiny changes most people would never notice, like the unique sideview mirrors and the way the rear gas cap is held down. They even get into detail about the fuel injection system found on Leno’s car. If you love these bits of minutiae, then this is definitely the video for you.
The point of the restoration was always to keep the car completely stock and correct to its original specifications. Leno wanted a vehicle where you could feel exactly what it was like to drive when new. Scroll down to get an education on what makes the ’63 ‘Vette such a special model.