Corvettes for Sale: 1961 Corvette Owned by the Same Family for 56 Years


Corvettes for Sale: 1961 Corvette Owned by Same Family for 56 Years

Better get out your work britches for this rough 1961 Corvette being offered at no reserve on Bring a Trailer.

With bidding slated to end on Tuesday, April 27 at 2:50 p.m., the highest offer so far is $13,000.

While the car doesn’t run, it still has an interesting history. The seller’s late father bought it some 56 years ago out of Pennsylvania, and as sometimes happens apparently never got around to restoring it. No details are offered on where the car has been stored, but it’s obvious it will require a major restoration.

Corvettes for Sale: 1961 Corvette Owned by Same Family for 56 Years

Finished in a deteriorated coat of Honduras Maroon paint with a black interior, the car now has a 369 Stroker V8 said to have last run in the 1980s, according to the seller, and includes a four-speed manual transmission, a custom fiberglass scoop, an Edelbrock intake manifold, exhaust headers, a removable hardtop, and a WonderBar AM radio. The new owner will also receive three keys, spared removed parts, and a clean Kentucky title.

The interior will require a lot of work, too, with virtually everything needing to be replaced or refurbished. The good thing is that it’s pretty easy to find the seat covers, carpet, and other interior parts on the aftermarket to bring this car back to life.

Corvettes for Sale: 1961 Corvette Owned by Same Family for 56 Years

Some people might be tempted to relegate this car to the junkyard, but as long as it’s not suffered major rust damage, all the worn-out parts can be replaced. The kicker is whether someone wants to put that much money in a car like this, but if the price stays as low as it is now, it could be worth it to the right person.

After all, some new seats, carpet, chrome, tires, wheels, and paint would turn this car into a jewel. They aren’t making any more C1 Corvettes, so it’s likely there will always be a market out there once it’s restored. Would you be willing to take on that task?

Corvettes for Sale: 1961 Corvette Owned by Same Family for 56 Years

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  1. Sold my Honduras maroon with white top and black interior for $2000 56 years ago. Was hoping this might be it but mine was a fulie and I sold it in Connecticut.

  2. 1961 Corvette Roadster, Martin Milner probable did not have a Drives license when the 1956 Corvette was built and the 1961 was I believe the last model year Corvette featured in the TV Show Route 66! Bring points, a condenser, plugs and a rebuilt carburetor and you can drive that car home! You won’t need a trailer!

  3. How do you spell “Money Pit”, and for what? Numbers don’t match, unknown rust, no option details. If it was bad enough 56 years ago to need a refurb, it likely hasn’t improved. I did a ’66 big block like this and it cost $$$$$$$$$$, and in the end, it was fun, but no way to recover the expenses. Buy a good used C6 and have fun.

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