It appears that some industrious squirrels may have been selling parts off this 1968 Corvette coupe that’s been parked outdoors for years.
For example, the speedometer and several other instruments off the dash are missing, not to mention the center stack and console, and on the exterior, one of the four headlights is gone.
This classic chrome bumper Stingray has definitely seen better days, but that doesn’t mean a new owner couldn’t bring it roaring back to life.
The current owner says he bought the car intending to restore it, then “realized I have too many projects” and decided to put it up for auction on eBay. So far, two bids have hit the $6,000 mark, and if the price doesn’t climb too much higher than that, someone might be able to finish the restoration without taking a fatal hit to their wallet.
On the bright side, the body appears to be in pretty decent shape, with no signs of damage. Staying underneath trees for a long time has definitely roughened up the exterior, so it’ll need a new paint job for sure. A thrifty buyer might try to clean off the grime and settle for a less-than-perfect sheen, but we haven’t had much luck with cars parked outside under trees.
The interior will need a lot of new parts, including many instruments, but again for those on a budget, it would be interesting to see how well the seats clean up because they don’t seem to have any splits.
We’re told the 327 engine hasn’t been cranked in a few years but it does spin freely. With its four-speed manual transmission, the finished product should be a blast to drive.
We attended the Mecum Auction up in Chattanooga, Tennessee over the weekend and saw a restored red ’68 coupe that brought $30,800 and another white coupe that sold for $28,600, so there’s room to pay for a restoration if the price doesn’t climb too high over the next six days.
What starting point would you feel comfortable at with this one?
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