There isn’t anything that stirs the imagination of a car enthusiast quite like the thought of finding an original barn car. Well, we’ve found one for you and it looks like this find is a keeper. Locked away in dusty Las Vegas area barn is this Silver/Red 1961 Corvette roadster. It hasn’t started, moved or seen a road in 44 years, but now it can be yours if you’re the highest bidder on eBay.
While most seller’s inclination would be to “clean up” the Corvette to make it more saleable, the 44 years of dust may actually help the sale. Like the 13 Mile 1978 Corvette Pace car sold to a Sheik by Corvette Mike in New England, selling this 1961 Corvette in its “natural state” makes it much more of a time capsule car with most major original components available for the restoration process.
And this 1961 Corvette, parked and stored by the second-owner since 1968, is nicely optioned.
Powering the roadster is the dual quad 283/270 hp V8 engine, coupled to a 4 speed manual transmission. The odometer reads 93422 so the car racked up some miles in the 6-7 years it was on the road. The roadster is seen with an auxiliary hard top, but the seller claims it also had the rare RPO 473 Power Folding Top, an option chosen by only 442 buyers and representing just 4% of production. Did we say this time capsule comes with most major parts intact? Unfortunately, the convertible top and power mechanism are missing and are not part of the sale.
Here are the options of the ’61 Corvette as listed in the auction:
- 101 heater
- 102 AM Radio
- 276 15×5.5″ wheels
- 419 auxiliary hardtop
- 468 283ci 270hp engine with 2-4bbl carbs
- 473 power folding top
- 675 positraction rear axle
- 685 4-speed manual transmission
- 686 metallic brakes
Inside the roadster, the accumulation of 44 years of dust has taken its toll. The dash pad is torn up on the passenger side and the driver’s door panel looks to have suffered water damage at some point. The engine looks complete although its missing its ignition shielding. All in all, a great looking, nearly complete project Corvette. Check out these photos and you’ll see what I mean:
The auction runs through May 29, 2012 and already bidding of the car has reached $33,433. In fact as we startd putting this blog post together, the high bid was $24,100 so interest in this true barn find appears high.