Some people like jigsaw puzzles more than others.
If you’re good at putting things back together, then this 1969 Corvette barn find might be just the restoration puzzle for you to tackle.
The seller, who’s asking $13,900 for the car in his Craigslist posting northeast of San Diego, says he bought the car from the widow of the previous owner, who had passed away without being able to finish the project.
The new owner finds himself in a similar predicament, saying he loves the car but just doesn’t have the time to work on it right now.
“It needs to go to a good home,” he says.
Fortunately, even though the interior has been disassembled, the seller took photos beforehand which seem to back up his claim that “many pieces of the original interior … are in great shape.”
Another bright spot is that the engine was started up regularly during the 10 years the car was parked, so maybe that helped keep the systems lubed up for a new owner who might be able to finish the project.
The seller says the original numbers-matching 350/300 horsepower engine – hooked to an automatic transmission – doesn’t smoke, and the car starts and stops. He does say the brakes need to be checked out and the tires replaced before driving the car at speed, noting that it will need to be trailered home by the new owner.
However, overall, he describes it as a “solid car” with a “rust free birdcage” and “surface rust on the solid frame.”
Likewise, the body remains in “good shape” after more than 50 years, but a new paint job is in order since it has “oxidized in places.” He also admits the right front fender and door were replaced years ago but the body shop “did a very good job at the time.” A new windshield was also installed recently.
If you have the right set of skills, this vintage chrome-bumper early C3 could be the right car for you, especially with the reasonable asking price.
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