Jim Dulle's 1963 Corvette Split Window
(from Volume 27, Issue 328)

story by Jim Dulle, photos by Michael B. Kelly


Like most car enthusiasts I was bitten by the car bug when I was a young boy. My uncle had a Corvette, and of course it was my lifelong dream to have one myself. The 1963 split window is arguably the bench mark for classic Corvettes, and I feel blessed to own this one.

This car was built by Resto Mod Vette in Hudson Florida. Mike Stevisky is the owner of the company, and despite the name they do all cars, not just Corvettes. I saw it for sale on the internet and went and had a look. We struck a deal and as they say the rest is history. I am very happy with the car and feel they have done an excellent job.

It is a true 1963 Corvette and is registered as such, but the only thing 1963 on the car is the body. The drive train is a GM crate engine LT4 which produces 650hp, and is mated to a 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission. It rides on a Roadster Shop Spec 7 Chassis that is equipped with all C-7 suspension. Other items include Wilwood disc brakes, custom designed wheels, all leather interior, Vintage Air A/C, power operated hood and a killer stereo.

I was able to add electronic transmission control and paddle shifters before the build was complete. The paddle shifters make for a lot of fun driving the car. I have owned it since August and am now approaching 1,000 miles on the odometer.

Having a resto-mod car allows you to drive it and enjoy it rather than just show it. And yes....this car will be driven! CN