Double chrome bumper C3 Corvettes aren’t getting any cheaper, but this one currently on Craigslist might provide someone with a more economical way to buy one.
We’re used to seeing prices in the 20s and 30s – and up – for most 1969-72 Corvettes, but this ’69 Coupe is being offered for just $12,000.
Admittedly, the seller notes that the overall condition of his car is “fair,” adding that the unrestored coupe “has seen necessary maintenance to keep it running throughout its life.”
He believes the car is a great candidate for restoration or could be enjoyed just like it is for weekend cruising.
The original paint has the normal wear and chips but no evidence of significant damage, the seller says, and a potential buyer might want to make sure the rust on the frame components isn’t too serious. You can check it out up close with several photos provided on the listing.
Unfortunately, it’s not a numbers-matching car, but that might be a good thing. If someone can talk the seller down a bit, this might be an ideal candidate to slide a more powerful engine under the hood to replace the current 350/350 dated Sept. 1970. It also has a fun four-speed Borg Warner manual transmission, though we’d be tempted to replace it with a more modern 5-speed or better.
Like all 1969 coupes, this Fathom Green example has a removable rear window and Stingray badges on the front fenders (the ’68s didn’t have this as you may recall), but this one also has the optional luggage rack – which we think really dresses up the rear end of these early C3s.
Some of the parts replaced over the years, according to the seller, include composite rear leaf spring, alternator, starter, power brakes vacuum canister, and radiator.
All C3s are beautiful, including this one even though it’s not in the best condition now. Still, with a little negotiating on the price, the sky might be the limit to make even more updates that would bring this ’69 roaring back to life.
You might say, it’s a diamond in the rough, waiting to be polished.
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