Happy Friday Corvette friends!
Today we need your opinion for our next Friday Poll. For today’s survey we’re asking about barn find Corvettes again. This time is slightly different, though. This time we’re talking about this barn find 489-mile 1972 Corvette coupe that was shown at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals last month in Chicago.
In our previous barn find polls we’ve looked at a barn fresh black 1957 fuelie Corvette and unique silver/silver 1966 air conditioned coupe. Each of those cars were shown in their as-found condition just like the 1972 coupe below, but those cars had been driven and enjoyed. This untouched 454-equipped C3 has just 489 actual miles on the odometer and even sits on its original tires.
The car was being shown by owner James Anderson who purchased in November 2017 from the original owner. In addition to the big block up front, the car is loaded up with an automatic transmission, power windows, power brakes, rear window defogger, leather interior, and AM/FM stereo. Other than a few areas around the rear edge of each door, the car wears a 46-year-old layer of dust all over it. We’re told that after a thorough fluid replacement the car fired right up, and the A/C even worked!
So that inevitably leads to the question of what do you do with this car? Do you leave it covered in dust like it is now and leave everything else alone? Clean it up and run it through NCRS, Bloomington Gold, and MCACN judging? Drive it? Personally, I think I’d show as-is for a while then clean it up, put a couple hundred miles on it and do the judging circuit with it. When else would you ever have the chance to drive a brand new 1972 Corvette?
Photos by Steve Burns