With five days to go in the auction, 63 bids have pushed the price up to $25,400 – still below the reserve, however.
For those hardcore enthusiasts upset over the removal of round taillights on the C7 and C8 Corvettes, they might want to consider restoring this car since the ’61 marked the first year of the traditional round lights on the rear of Corvettes.
According to the seller, the car has been in dry storage since 1980 and isn’t running, though the original 283 engine is still under the hood. It’s the optional 315 horsepower fuel-injected motor that still has the correct fuel unit, distributor, air filter box, and high RPM tachometer.
He claims the car is “99.9 percent complete,” with a “flawless” frame, all original trim and emblems, and original Honduras Maroon paint from the windshield back. He’s also including new seat covers and carpet that will need to be installed.
With 10,939 Corvettes produced during the ’61 model year, it would be a shame to let any of them go to waste, especially one like this that retains so much originality.
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