A word to the wise: Don’t get too sentimental over this 1960 Corvette barn find that’s been sitting for nearly 50 years!
While we’re touched by the emotional story behind this Roman Red classic, the bottom line is that you want to make sure it doesn’t turn into a money pit.
But get out your hankies anyway.
According to the current owner, he bought the car from the original owner’s son, a Vietnam vet who had the misfortune of never returning from defending our country back in 1969.
The story goes that he had left word with his wife that if he didn’t come back, he wanted the car given to his son. The good wife followed his instructions, but unfortunately, by 2014, the son realized that he didn’t have the cash to restore the car and decided to sell it.
That’s where the current seller entered the picture. With good intentions, he bought the Corvette four years ago but now realizes that he too won’t be able to complete the project and has put it up for sale on eBay, where bidders have pushed the no-reserve offer to $36,600 with time running out at 12:26 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
Nearly 60 years after leaving the St. Louis factory, this California Corvette retains its original engine, according to the seller, though we aren’t given any details on the exact powerplant that made its way into the vehicle.
Overall, this Corvette remains a “pretty complete car for the most part,” the seller says.
At first glance, the body seems to be in pretty good shape, and the trunk is full of miscellaneous parts that would need to be put back on the car, including presumably the door locks.
Meanwhile, the interior looks to be complete, with the Wonderbar radio still there, along with the instrumentation and steering wheel. It definitely needs a good cleaning, and more than likely, a new owner would want to replace the dash cover and add new seat covers and carpet, along with a new rearview mirror.
While these cars can bring upwards of $100,000 in top-notch condition, most owners seem to be asking anywhere from $55,000 to $80,000. A new owner would be wise to have an expert check out the car to make sure he’s not getting in over his head and winds up passing the ball down the floor in a few years.
On the other hand, we’ve all lost a few dollars in the stock market along the way, so what’s another few bucks blown among enthusiasts? After all, what Corvette fever-struck fan wouldn’t mind having a 1960 Corvette on his resume?
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