Here’s good looking barn find Corvette that would give a rise to any automotive archeologist.
This Riverside Gold 1969 Corvette Stingray was recently unearthed in a barn where it had been stored since 1975. Under the hood of this Corvette convertible is the sought-after big block L71 which was the Tri-Power 427/435 V8 engine.
The car was recently transferred to Carolina Muscle Cars where it was cleaned up and offered for sale on eBay. After some fierce bidding, the winning bidder won the car for $28,300.
The Corvette was purchased new in 1969 at Peter J. Grady Chevrolet in Sayville, NY. With two weeks of delivery, it was back at the dealership where it received was new warranty-replacement motor. The second owner of the car was Richard Bonati who owned it for approximately 40 years before selling the car to Carolina Muscle Cars.
Although it is in barn-find condition with the usual surface rust, this big block Corvette looks nearly complete. The 427/435 V8 is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission and the car shows 52,435 miles on its odometer. The car shows its original color codes, Riverside Gold with Black interior. The transistor ignition is still in the car and in working order and all the glass is original.
The seller has returned the Corvette to running order and they claim to have gone through the brakes. A new convertible top was also included in the sale.
Check out these pictures of the 1969 Corvette:
So how well did the buyer do by picking up this unrestored 1969 Corvette for $28,300 on eBay? We took a look at Mecum auction’s Info Net for previous sales of 1969 Corvettes with the 427/435 V8 engine. Two 1969 Corvettes with the L71 engine sold for $65,000 and $49,000 at Mecum’s 2014 Dallas Auction. And at the 2014 Kissimmee auction, two 1969 Corvettes with the 427/435 engine were sold for $71,000 and $65,000 while a third 1969 Corvette sold for $32,000.
Congratulations to the buyer of this Corvette who we think got a heck of a lot a car for the price. Of course, it will require a frame off restoration to return it to its former glory, but with all the parts and pieces still on the car, the restoration should be easier than some of the basket cases we’ve previously featured.