The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible built for Harley Earl and the ’64 Corvette Sting Ray coupe created for his successor, Bill Mitchell, will be offered as a single lot at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee, Florida, sale scheduled for January 3-13, 2019.
“This is a singularly historic offering of two of the most significant one-off Corvettes in the model’s history, owned and driven by the two most influential and fascinating figures of the automotive design industry,” Mecum Auctions said in revealing the consignment.
Earl reigned over General Motors styling department for decades before retiring in 1958 and turning over control to Mitchell. Produced under Shop Order 10323, a unique 1963 Corvette convertible was delivered to Earl’s Palm Beach, Florida, residence. He drove the car for two years, including at Daytona International Speedway when he was grand marshal for the 1965 Daytona 500.
Earl not only was the grand marshal for that race