Having two project cars going at the same time is a little much, so the owner of this 1965 Corvette convertible barn find is putting it up for sale.
He’s decided to try and sell “Barny the Project Car” and put his sole focus on “Old Blue” because he has “too many fond memories” restoring it with his family.
The seller came across “Barny” in a Wisconsin barn a few months ago, ending a hibernation that began 40 years ago.
“I am not in a great hurry to sell,” he says, “but I just do not see the time in the near future to tackle another project, so it is either sell or pack it away for another time.”
That means someone could get what the seller terms “a great car to restore” in his current ad on Craigslist.com, where this Sting Ray is being offered for $30,500.
The car is a numbers matching 327/300 hp 4-speed car, featuring a Nassau Blue exterior and vinyl blue interior and a black convertible top. The accompanying hard top is “long gone,” unfortunately, as is the driver’s door mirror. A repaint in the ‘70s needs to be done again, and the new owner might want to go back to an original ’65 hood and hubcaps, as both have been replaced at some point with parts from a ’64.
“We have not decided what direction to take her,” he says, “so for now we are putting her up for sale.”
The seller says he “spent some time looking the car over,” including putting it on roller wheels from one of his other cars, pulling the carpet, and generally cleaning it up. He’s also removed the glove box to view the birdcage, the spare wheel tub to view the frame, and the seats to allow more space for inspection.
The inspection of the car convinced the seller that the frame and birdcage are solid and he notes that the doors still shut with a simple click. He does admit that the rear wheels do not roll because of an apparently stuck parking brake, and he’s not sure if the original engine will turn over because he hasn’t “pulled the plugs or oiled down the engine.”
The seller believes restoring “Barny” would give a new owner “a great sense of accomplishment,” noting that it’s “hard to find complete, solid restoration projects and even harder to find ones that are not all cut up.”
Would you be willing to take on restoring “Barny?”
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