It’s not very often that we get to write the description of a Corvette as “pink on pink.” But that’s the case with this wild 1969 Chevy customized by the legendary Larry Watson that is now for sale on eBay.
This might be just the ticket for Barbie, if she wants a retro Corvette to ride around with Ken.
Actually, as you might suspect, the car was built for a female, the daughter of a Bellflower, Calif., businessman who purchased it for his “little girl” on Sept. 12, 1969 at Bob Keefer Chevrolet in Santa Monica, Calif.
Dad had the car completely customized by Watson, including an L88 hood, wheel flares, side scallops, one oval tail light on each side, and five spoke gold painted American racing wheels. You’ll also notice the huge rear wing inspired by the Plymouth Superbird.
The factory Riverside Gold exterior was painted pink, and the Saddle Vinyl interior was likewise replaced with pink.
That L88 hood wasn’t just for looks, though. The stock 350 was removed by Connell Chevrolet in Costa Mesa and an L88 454 took its place for about three years before the daughter found the L88 way too powerful and had it replaced with a stock 454. (We know the L88 was a 427 but this how the auction describes it.)
The car was eventually sold in 1978 and remained in California until 2001 when it went to Mesa, Colorado for a while. The owner then moved to Las Vegas, where the current seller found it in a backyard where it had been for about 10 years!
The new owner rescued the Corvette and has already replaced some parts, including the fuel tank and sending unit and battery.
“It does run and drive,” the seller notes, “but I recommend a restoration of this rare car. The vintage Goodyear tires are from 1993 and hold air but are not roadworthy.”
The heavily optioned car has factory air, tilt wheel, power windows / steering/ brakes, AM/FM stereo, and believe it or not all factory gauges, including the clock, still work – as do the horn, wipers, and headlamps.
The owner claims the vinyl interior and thick shag carpeting are also in excellent condition, as are the glass and chrome trim.
“This vehicle does deserve to be restored back to its former glory,” he says.
Apparently, others feel that way, too. As of Wednesday afternoon, this unique Corvette has already gotten 23 bids after being placed on eBay just a few days ago, with the highest reaching $10,600.
The reserve hasn’t been met, but you still have through Friday, July 31 at 8:55 p.m. to submit your offer.
Barbie can’t wait to see who wins!