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.
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.
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?
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