You likely won’t find a much better unrestored “Survivor” Corvette than this one-owner 1960 model currently up for sale on eBay.
Eight bidders have pushed the bid to $44,300 as of noon April 23.
The car was delivered in September 1960 to the one and only owner for the next 53 years, a Donald Strother of Inglewood, California, who traded in his 1958 Corvette. Apparently, Mr. Strother loved this car as he pampered it for the rest of his life, driving it just 48,000 miles in his half-century of ownership.
If you are all about proper paperwork and records, this is the car for you. The history of this Corvette, just purchased from the family, is well documented with the original paperwork from Warren Biggs Chevrolet of Los Angeles, California, along with “excellent period photographs of Donald with his new Corvette in 1960, already fitted with the Warren Biggs Chevrolet license plate frames still on the car today surrounding the original issue black California plates,” according to the eBay ad.
Mr. Strother actually bought the 270-horsepower, dual quad 4-speed car after it had been used for nine months as the personal car of the owner of Warren Biggs Chevrolet. The odometer shows just 48,000 miles 53 years later, and the car has never been abused, damaged, or modified.
“This car passes all inspections attesting to its originality,” the eBay ad claims.
The paint is mostly original, other than what appears to be a refinished right front fender and nose panel, but “paint is very thin and shows numerous small chips and other paint defects as one would expected on a 50-year-old plus acrylic lacquer,” the ad says.
A new Al Knoch convertible top has been installed, along with new correct repro tires on the original dated wheels and a new set of Al Knoch seat covers and a new dash pad. Elsewhere in the interior, the original mint gauges still work, as does the Wonderbar radio. An original steering wheel completes the picture.
“One short drive in this car speaks volumes about original unrestored solid axle Corvette. Great performance from the 270 horse dual-quad 283 motor. Butter smooth shifting with the original tight shifter and a very solid creek-free ride all contribute to what this 48000 mile car is all about,” the ad says.