Corvettes on eBay: Does This 1970 Corvette Deserve To Be Saved?

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Corvettes on eBay: Does This 1970 Corvette Deserve To Be Saved?


Quick, does anybody have a gun to put this Corvette out of its misery?

This C3 Corvette was first listed as a 1969 on a current eBay listing that expires Tuesday, then the seller added a note saying it was actually a 1970 with a new front end apparently off a ’73 “because someone wanted it to look more modern.”

Good luck with that!

Corvettes on eBay: Does This 1970 Corvette Deserve To Be Saved?


One look at the photos, and you can certainly believe the seller’s declaration that the previous owner bought this Corvette in the ’80s and then let it sit in his backyard for a few years.

Despite its dilapidated condition, with body damage, terrible paint, flip-up headlights stuck open, and a non-original hood with a power bulge, not to mention a considerable amount of rust and foliage growing inside, the high bid has actually reached $5,000 as of Sunday morning.

Corvettes on eBay: Does This 1970 Corvette Deserve To Be Saved?


On the bright side, the car retains its original 350 motor and 4-speed manual transmission, and the original factory convertible top is said to be “in pretty decent shape.”

We found this car on barnfinds.com, where several of their readers weren’t very impressed.

Corvettes on eBay: Does This 1970 Corvette Deserve To Be Saved?


One person says: “I would wager that the phrase is ‘Former Birdcage.’

Another commented: “I’ve seen a lot of rusted Corvette frames in the last 40+ years, but this one has to be one of the worse! The front crossmember is so rusted that the lower a-arms have fallen off, there’s no frame left to support them. With that much rust easily seen, I’m scared to think how much is hidden from view. The way the top front of the passenger door is pulled out from the body, I’m assuming the right hinge pillar is gone, and if so, it’s a safe bet the rest of the birdcage is gone.

Another guy who owns a Corvette parts business says he doesn’t think it’s worth fixing: “I would give a $1000 to part it out.

Finally, someone named Phlathead Phil summed it up with this comment: “How about we invent something like ‘Negative Reserve’ where the seller pays buyer?

Corvettes on eBay: Does This 1970 Corvette Deserve To Be Saved?


That’s not to say we wouldn’t love to see this Corvette undergo a massive rejuvenation and hit the streets again. It could be a beautiful machine. The question is with so many other ’70s out there in much better starting condition, is this one worth the massive effort that would be required? What’s your opinion?


Source:
eBay Motors via barnfinds.com

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Other than finding another good stock frame the only way out for this poor Corvette is a replacement type frame, Morrison ETC. I think it may be priced too high for whats left. It’d be pretty hard pressed to make any profit on it even as a parts car. At the right price a true Corvette lover with a lot of time on their hands and lots of room on their card could get this back on the road,,,,,,,,,,otherwise NO, its TOO FAR GONE.

  2. ‘Too much neglect an’ too much cost to bring this one back ~ in my humble opinion…
    This seems to be one of those moments when one is best-advised to just walk away.

  3. Not even sure this is really a 1970. The back end is 70 but the front clip is ~78 or so. Not sure how much of the underpinnings are from which year. Clearly a Frankenstein car and not one worth any time or effort, IMHO. This is one that’s better just written off, unfortunately.

  4. Front clip is not 1970, but appears to be 1973 with aftermarket fiberglass piece instead of soft plastic nose. This fright pig should grace a dumpster, noting more.

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