Some folks thought it might be a hoax, but now we apparently have proof of the car’s lineage thanks to a new listing on eBay that features this special Corvette.
“This is your once in a lifetime chance to buy one of the most beautiful cars ever made from the original owners – a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray – that was purchased in and only has been driven in Los Angeles, California,” the ad begins.
The sellers say the Corvette – a saddle tan on saddle tan leather automatic – was an anniversary gift from their father to their mother in 1963.
Their dad bought the car from Courtesy Chevrolet in L.A., and the dealer frames are still on the Corvette. They also still have the original purchase order and receipt and even have a congratulatory engraved pencil from the dealer.
“It was one of our family cars,” the sellers say, “and as little kids we used to pile into the back to drive around LA.”
The same family has owned the car since new, though since the late 1980s, the Corvette has been mainly garaged outside. For the past 10+ years, it was moved to an indoor parking garage, apparently where Brian T. stumbled onto it during a visit to California on this past Father’s Day.
Brian told BarnFinds.com that he used his detective skills and managed to find the daughters who had inherited the car from their parents and made them multiple offers ranging from $25,000 and going all the way to $65,000 – all unsuccessful.
According to the eBay ad, the car has been checked by a 1963 Corvette restoration expert and NCRS judge, who said his quick inspection determined that the frame is free of rust and pits and that corrosion in the birdcage may extend past the top of the door opening (which can be affirmed only by removing paint).
The car still has its original 300hp V8 engine with original pad stampings, along with Powerglide automatic transmission, power windows, power steering, heater, Signal Seek radio, original VIN and Trim tags, original rear quarter panels, most specific original 1963 exterior trim items, front suspension ’63 parts, and original Corvette hub caps, labels, gas cap, and gas cover (not seen in photos as they were taken off to avoid theft).
The car – VIN 05994 – was assembled Jan. 2, 1963, and the odometer reads just 71,238 miles.
The sellers say that the front fenders, inner fends, and nose/header bar area have been replaced with hand laid fiberglass panels after previously being damaged in a collision. The seat covers and possibly the carpet have also been replaced.
“We are seeking a buyer who will love the car as we have,” the sellers conclude. “We know our price is at the high end, but we want to find a buyer who can afford to restore it.”
The current bid is at $25,100, so obviously the reserve has not been met. There is no “Buy It Now” price listed.
We hope the sellers do find someone who can bring this beauty back to its former glory and honor their mom and dad’s memory.
UPDATE: No sooner did we post this auction that we find out the auction was ended late last night to an “error in the listing”. We’ll keep an eye on it to see if the 1963 Corvette is relisted.
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