Corvettes seem to have a way of hanging around forever – but not always.
Patrons of the Hard Rock Café in West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada back in the mid-1990s saw a red-with-white-coves 1961 Corvette hanging on the wall as a decoration.
Though the engine and transmission had been removed, the body, rear end, front suspension, and frame were still there, as well as Cragar SS wheels, tires, bumper, windshield, and more. The headlights and taillights were switched on by the Hard Rock to let customers know they were open.
Back in those days, Rory Christianson was a frequent customer of the Hard Rock and was always telling his friends that someday he would have a C1 Corvette like that one.
Unfortunately, the restaurant closed in 2000, and a few years later, Christianson stumbled onto an ad on Kijiji (pronounced Ka-gee-gee), a Canadian version of Craigslist, for a 1961 Corvette needing to be restored.
“Do you remember the ’61 Corvette that was on the wall of the Hard Rock Cafe?” the new owner, Dan Edgar, asked Christianson.
“Yeah,” Christianson said.
“Well, this is it,” said Edgar, who had purchased the car in 2005.
Christianson tried to work up a deal for the car but felt the $16,000 asking price was too much for a car that was in pretty rough shape.
Four years later, after talking to other people about the value of C1s, Christianson talked Edgar down to $13,000 “and that’s what I paid” on Oct. 4, 2015.
Christianson aims to build the Corvette to compete in the Stock Eliminator class of NHRA and IHRA. One day, it just might be trophies hanging on the wall of his home, not a real Corvette.
He’s hoping to find a photo of his car hanging on the wall at the Hard Rock Café and asks anyone who has one to contact him at [email protected].