As the former owner of a fully restored 1971 Corvette LT1 coupe that I took a beating on with the economic downturn in 2009, this 1970 LT1 convertible up for sale on eBay through Tuesday night at 8:15 really caught my eye.
The lines of the car make it one of the most beautiful Corvettes ever built, in this writer’s opinion.
But sometimes beauty comes coupled with a beast, especially in this case.
As the seller notes repeatedly, this car needs everything!
With the bidding up to $6,600 already with several hours to go, our advice to prospective buyers would be to run as fast as you can…if they’re interested in hanging onto their wallets. By the time everything is replaced on this car, the new owner will have much, much more invested than he will ever be able to get out of it.
On the other hand, restoring one of just 500 LT1 convertibles built by Chevrolet in 1970 would definitely be a noble act by someone with deep pockets.
“Make no mistake,” the seller admits, “it needs a full restoration, but it’s a very cool car to save!”
No disputing that, but this car still has a lot of question marks.
For example, the car’s engine isn’t the original LT1, the factory motor having been replaced under warranty in 1976 with a CE coded one. Then apparently for unknown reasons, the car was not driven right after that engine swap was done – nearly 40 years ago!
In its short span of use from 1970 to 1976, though, this car was put through the wringer – with custom fender flares, sidepipes, and tow hitch added and the front bumper subtracted. Then there is the awful glue-on fur that was added to the seats and door panels. “Not sure the condition of the seats under the fur,” the seller admits.
While it does have the original spare tire and tub assembly, the new owner will have to replace a whole lot of parts on this one, including the convertible top and the ignition key (which was lost years ago, maybe when Elvis was still alive?).
We love the seller’s final comments, in all capital letters: “ONE LAST TIME, THIS CAR NEEDS EVERYTHING!!! IT HAS NOT RUN SINCE 1976!! I AM NOT MAKING ANY ATTEMPTS TO START IT, CLEAN IT, OR DO ANYTHING TO IT, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET!”
Let the buyer beware.
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