A debate is raging on the internet about whether this 1969 Corvette coupe is a survivor.
In the strictest sense of the word, it’s probably not because of a repaint early in its life. But that’s picking nits over a car that remains largely original, otherwise.
The beauty about this San Diego Corvette is that it’s cheap enough not to have to worry every time you drive it to the supermarket, but still nice enough to be proud of. So far, 23 bids have climbed to $29,708, with the eBay auction listing slated to end on Friday afternoon.
With its original 427 V8 Chevy engine with three factory two-barrel carburetors, the car is “extremely smooth to drive but is a beast when you want it to be.”
In fact, the seller claims to have had “a ton of older Corvettes over the years” but says “I can tell you that this is one of the best driving cars I have ever been in.”
He adds that it’s “smooth, fast, stops straight, sticks to the road, and can be enjoyed the day that you get it,” saying that it “starts right up, settles into a wonderful idle, and sounds awesome with the sidepipes.”
The four-speed manual transmission still “shifts like butter,” and the seller even claims “you could shift it with one finger if you wanted to.”
Elsewhere mechanically, the car’s clutch and tires are rated as “excellent” and the stainless steel four-wheel disc brakes are “all new.”
While the original Fathom Green paint was re-covered with Copper Bronze in the 1970s, the seller believes it “still looks good for a driver or from 10 feet away” but admits it “does have plenty of checking due to age.”
Still, he says he would never reconsider a repaint right now because “it is just simply too much fun exactly the way it sits.”
When the car was repainted, the original 427 hood was switched to an L88-style hood, he says.
The no-hit body, meanwhile, is said to be “excellent” with “very nice” gaps and factory bonding strips still in place, with chrome bumpers that “shine up nicely.”
Meanwhile, the interior is described as being in “beautiful condition,” with the seats, door panels, carpet, dashpad, and console in “excellent condition,” including the factory AM/FM radio that still works and gauges in “excellent” shape with clear lenses.
So many times with classic cars that have been completely restored, an owner might be paranoid about getting a rock chip on the hood or worse yet having an accident.
Not so with this ’69. “You can jump in and go anywhere with no worries,” the seller claims.
The new owner will receive the original Protect-O-Plate, the factory owner’s manual, smog pamphlet, and some other paperwork/receipts from over the years.
“This is a great opportunity to get a 427 Corvette,” he concludes, “that you can enjoy today without the cost of a house.”
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