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Hi George and welcome to the site. Just as a bit of history, all 1963 Nova convertibles were Chevy II Nova 400 models (30467). The SS was an option package added to the Nova 400 (RPO Z03), so there's nothing in the VIN to denote an SS.

The 'Z' on the cowl tag is the identifier of a '63 being an SS. The car you're looking at has the 'Z' so we'll assume the cowl tag is original to the car. Check the paint, interior and option codes to be sure they match what's on the car. The SS in 1963 was basically an appearance package. Look for full length fender top trim, bucket seats, chrome console (automatics only), chrome trim piece across the center of the dash, 14 inch wheels with SS hubcaps, SS rear quarter, trunk and glove box emblems. The instrument cluster should have a clock in the center and the right pod should have gauges (no idiot lights). The engine from the factory was a 194CID/120 HP six cylinder with either a
3 on-the- tree manual or floor mounted powerglide automatic.

The condition of the underside is crucial. Convertibles had a unique pair of full length inner rocker beams that give it extra support underneath. These are notorious for rotting out. They can be repaired, but it can be labor intensive and expensive. If the inner rockers, floors and trunk are solid that's a real bonus.

Do you have any pictures you can show us at this time? Those of us who are familiar with the '63 SS can tell a lot by seeing a few good pictures. There's a wealth of information here to assist you with any questions you have. Information can also be found at Novaresource.org. Click cowl tags on the menu and go to 1963 for decoding paint, interior, etc. Look forward to hearing from you again.

Bob (who misses his '63 SS convertible)
 

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Hard to tell a lot from a few pictures, but appears to be a real 1963 SS convertible. Always a little uneasy about what a new paint job might be covering. Get out the magnet Ally mentions above. Evaporator box for a/c under the dash, but nothing under the hood. Does the seller have these parts, including the condenser that sits in front of the rad? The engine has the 1964 230CID six cylinder chrome dressup package. The '63 was a 194CID/120HP six with no chrome. Which engine is in the car? Working windshield wipers will be needed in many jurisdictions that require inspections. Reproduction interior pieces are available, so seat covers can be replaced. Any info on the underside? This is a major item requiring pictures or inspection. Need some answers to the above, underside report, body inspection and driveline condition before I can attempt a meaningful value range.

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I think you'll be just fine. You didn't mention the year of the Corolla, but width of a 1963 Chevy II and 2020 Corolla are the same at 70 inches. For sure the '63 bucket seats are wider. Bucket seats have pretty good forward/backward range and there are ways to increase it if needed.

Bob
 
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