Like its owner, this 1966 Corvette Sting Ray 427 coupe is a survivor.
Slightly less than 10,00 coupes were produced in St. Louis that year, with another 17,762 convertibles leaving the Missouri plant.
One of them was this classic C2 currently up for sale, with its owner explaining that he started the restoration of the car before being diagnosed with cancer. He has since won his battle over the disease though he’s still recovering and now has lost interest in the restoration of the car.
The auction on eBay ends at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and as of early on the morning of 9/11, nine bids have been placed, with the highest being $20,427 – well below the “Buy It Now” price of $32,000.
We’re fond of all the Mid-Years, but particularly ones that have undergone some sort of mods, like this one that is said to have added fender flares back in the ’70s. In fact, the seller says those flares are why he bought this Sting Ray in the first place – “makes it stand out from all of the restored garage queens,” as he puts it.
Some of the work has already been done, including the removal of the body to a dolly included with the sale. The frame has been powder coated black, the front suspension, steering and steering gear box have all been rebuilt, the disc brake rotors have been turned, and four new KYB shocks have been installed.
The seller claims the bonding strips on the fenders are “good” and the bird cages are not rusty, but the chin panel will need to be repaired.
Mechanically, this Nassau Blue over blue and white interior car – originally purchased in Napa Valley, California – still has its matching numbers 427 engine hooked to a 4-speed Muncie. Its condition is unclear.
However, the seller says he’s willing to sell the car without the motor and transmission for less if you’re interested in doing a restomod.
On the BarnFinds.com website, where this car is featured, a couple of posts from readers stood out to us:
“As not one of the do or die purists in the group, I’d say this is a good start to wind up with a unique car without having to fight rust, etc. I like it. It looks solid. Lots of work and money to finish but could be worth it in the end.”
Another person cautioned:
“Like my dad would say, ‘overpriced at free.’ To be fair, he hated Corvettes and loved British sports cars and Datsun 510s. But he did steer me clear of a few disasters like this and I hear his voice whenever I see a train wreck of a project like this.”
So what’s your opinion of this Mid-Year 427 classic waiting for a new lease on life?
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