Fighting their way through a jungle of overgrown plants surrounding a Georgia home, Dennis Collins and his “Rescue Team” recently discovered this one-owner 1959 fuel-injected Corvette in a backyard building.
You can witness this remarkable barn find from start to finish on this Facebook video, and it’s worth watching to the very end to see how much work goes into getting a car like this onto a trailer and back to its new home more than 800 miles away.
At first, Collins is told that the car has been in the garage behind the original owner’s home for the past 60 years, but in the listing, that figure has been revised to “just” 49 years. That number is probably more accurate since the car is said to have 51,130 miles on the odometer.
The most amazing thing for us is that the 61-year-old bill of sale is included with the deal, which shows that the original owner, a Mr. Shepherd, bought the car new in Atlanta in 1959, trading in a 1954 Corvette for which he was given a whopping $1,000 against the list price of $3,895. Today the seller is asking 10 times that figure – some $39,800 – for this veritable rolling piece of history.
Collins and his crew first had to replace all four tires on the car (which were so flat that he was able to stand one of them up beside it) with universal-fit Chevy wheels to help roll it out of the garage, then used a 100-foot-long winch to carefully pull the car without damaging the body through the jungle of weeds and an open carport and finally backwards onto a waiting trailer.
They then took the car to a nearby parking lot, rolled it off and then pushed it back in a forward-facing position onto the trailer. Collins pointed out that sometimes when a car is riding backwards on a trailer, the doors and hood will fly open, causing considerable damage.
The Roman Red with white coves Corvette still has both tops, though the original soft top assembly appears to be stuck and they did not force it for fear of damaging it.
The listing continues: “Factory radio, 4 speed, NOM casting code 3782870 62 Corvette? Pod appears to be restamped with 103434 F0118 CU clear pictures in this listing. Fuel injection, we do not have the original wheels, hubcaps or the spare. A very good basis for a rest-o-mod.”
We’re not sure what all those numbers mean about the originality of the fuel-injected engine; perhaps some of our more experienced readers out there can offer some clarity for us.
Regardless, this is one 1959 Corvette with a very interesting history, one that proves you can never tell just where you’re going to find a classic car hiding. This one was not visible from the road as a fence blocked the view. We wonder how many other similar Corvettes are out there just waiting to be discovered?
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