Will you be the one who finally finishes the restoration of this heavily optioned 1969 Corvette Stingray?
It’ll take a lot more work, but several parts already purchased will come along to make the job easier, and a little less expensive.
Ten bidders on eBay have eBayraised the offer to $7,100 so far, with the action set to stop at 1:24 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Or you can take it home at the “Buy It Now” price of $12,500.
The seller found the car in a barn in 2018 where it had been sitting for at least 14 years. He had good intentions of restoring the car and actually started to disassemble the Corvette a year ago, but since he hits age 60 this summer and has lost some close friends lately, he realizes he won’t be able to get all his projects finished so he’s moving on to another one – a 1965 Mustang Fastback restomod that he hopes to take to some shows and drive on Route 66 next summer.
“I love this car,” he says of the Corvette, “but reality has set in.”
As for this classic Stingray, it has some positive points, even though it looks a little rough now. For instance, the body is all original, having never been wrecked, and the seller believes the original factory lacquer paint should be easy to strip with a razor blade.
Furthermore, the car features a boatload of options, including air conditioning, power windows, power steering, and tilt/tele wheel.
“It is the car you want to restore, not some stripped basic one,” the seller points out. “There are so many so called restored and shiny cars you do not know what is under the paint. You can start with a nice original no hit car and make it what you want.”
Mechanically, the motor was started and run last year before disassembly began. “Looks bad but ran good, has just been sitting,” the seller says. “Motor turns freely but will need to be taken out and detailed.”
Documentation is included that shows a rebuild of that original 350/350 hp engine by a “well known Corvette and hot rod shop” years ago before it was parked in a barn with 53,164 miles on the odometer.
Since taking ownership two years ago, the current owner has already taken several steps in the restoration process, including having the original radiator redone at a cost of $600 by “the best classic radiator shop in Bowdoin, Maine” and installing a new clutch/pressure plate and throw out bearing.
The gas tank, lines, exhaust, brakes, rear bumpers, and interior have also been removed, and the frame “appears good just a bit of scale from sitting,” the seller says.
Included with the purchase will be several new parts that will need to be installed, including a complete exhaust, brake and gas lines, and AC compressor.
As for the interior, it’s stored above the owner’s garage but you’ll need to buy carpet. He says the passenger door sheet metal “is a bit soft” so he says a “good door” he purchased as a replacement is also included.
This looks like it could be a nice Corvette with a little work, but on the other hand, would it be more practical and cost-effective to buy a restored example and avoid the unknowns that come with a restoration project? Of course, since when have car enthusiasts been known for taking the practical and cost-effective route?
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