Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 SEMA – 1963 BLACK CORVETTE BY BOBBY ALLOWAY

1963 Black Corvette by Bobby Alloway

1963 Black Corvette by Bobby Alloway, Blount (Louisville, TN). This car is actually Bobby Alloway’s personal car.
1963 Black Corvette by Bobby Alloway, Blount (Louisville, TN).
This car is actually Bobby Alloway’s personal car.
Text and Photos By: Wayne Ellwood

1963 Black Corvette by Bobby Alloway, Blount (Louisville, TN). This car is actually Bobby Alloway’s personal car. It looks a lot like a project that was completed for a customer about 5-6 years ago. This time, Bobby built a car for himself, and he did introduce some new ideas. The color scheme changed from black with a red stinger to black with a blue stinger. Apparently, in researching the colors, Bobby also found that this color combination also drew the highest auction bid for a Corvette, to date. Interestingly, the blue interior and stinger are color correct for a 1967 Corvette, when four were built in this combination.


I was lucky enough to stumble across Toby Caldwell who works with Bobby, to discuss the car. The basics include a combination of an Art Morrison and stock chassis. This allows the seriously low ride with a fairly significant rake. Billet Specialty wheels were designed by Bobby for the earlier car and were used again for this car. The engine is a GM crate 502 cu in engine with a specially fabricated one-off Borla induction system and electronic fuel injection managed by a FAST computer system. The 5-speed transmission is by American Powertrain. Diamond Back created the blue line tires. PPG black paint was used along with the original GM blue paint and a basically stock interior in the same original color.

Unfortunately, when SEMA announced the top 21 in the Battle of the Builders contest, this car was not on the list ….it was a serious blow.


1963 Black Corvette by Bobby Alloway
1963 Black Corvette by Bobby Alloway

A Beautiful Black Split Windwon by Bobby Alloway. PPG black paint was used along with the original GM blue paint and a basically stock interior in the same original color.
A Beautiful Black Split Windwon by Bobby Alloway.  PPG black paint was used along with the original GM blue paint and a basically stock interior in the same original color.

Bobby Alloway's '63 has the blue stinger and interior.
Bobby Alloway's '63 has the blue stinger and interior.

Interioir of Bobby Alloway's 1963 Black Corvette
Interioir of Bobby Alloway's 1963 Black Corvette.

The Blue Stinger on bobby Alloway's 1963 Corvette on display at the 2016 SEMA event in Las Vegas.
The Blue Stinger on bobby Alloway's 1963 Corvette on display at the 2016 SEMA event in Las Vegas.

Bobby Alloway's 1963 Corvette beautifuly displayed at the 2016 SEMA event in Las Vegas.
Bobby Alloway's 1963 Corvette beautifuly displayed at the 2016 SEMA event in Las Vegas.

There is nothing like the Split Window '63 Corvette.  Bobby Alloway built this Vette for himself.
There is nothing like the Split Window '63 Corvette.  Bobby Alloway built this Vette for himself. 

Bobby Alloway's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette's engine is a GM crate 502 cu in engine with a specially fabricated one-off Borla induction system and electronic fuel injection managed by a FAST computer system. The 5-speed transmission is by American Powertrain. Diamond Back created the blue line tires.
Bobby Alloway's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette's engine is a GM crate 502 cu in engine with a specially fabricated one-off Borla induction system and electronic fuel injection managed by a FAST computer system. The 5-speed transmission is by American Powertrain. Diamond Back created the blue line tires. 

An overview of the engine compartment in Bobby Alloway's 1963 Corvette.
An overview of the engine compartment in Bobby Alloway's 1963 Corvette.

Here is a list of displays that featured Corvettes (and a couple of extra ones):



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