Imagine an old barn with the farmer’s widow mentioning “some old car” buried beneath the junk of country living. A familiar, unmistakable shape of one of America’s greatest sports cars - but could it be just a lowly, mass-production coupe? As you grow closer, it becomes clear that you’re the first one to lay eyes on this mystery machine in years. That’s what we imagined as we read this listing for a recently unearthed 1964 Corvette Stingray, available here on eBay with the current bid already over $10,000.
This 1964 Stingray marked the first year the venerable sports car lost its desirable split rear window, but its as-found condition here should keep bidding lively. Cited as a two-owner car, the seller mentions that the standard 327 and automatic transmission are numbers matching units, but that they are currently removed from the vehicle. Thankfully, this auctioneer includes photos of the mothballed motor, though it’s clearly in need of a proper overhaul. What’s unclear is whether this forgotten classic came with the more desirable 300 b.h.p. 327 Turbofire or the standard unit that churned out 250 ponies.
Some sellers can hide a well-worn car beneath a layer of dust and utilize clever photography to convince potential buyers that theirs is a barn find. The pictures provided here do represent this car as an unmodified example with a salvageable interior and all glass intact. Most trim appears in place, along with bucket seats and a crack-free dash. The headliner has survived nicely, and the center stack clock looks like it merely needs a viable power source to start ticking. Despite the previous owner starting the restoration long ago, the tear-down seems limited to the motor and some exterior trim.
This once-hidden Corvette does hide some secrets. Despite being largely rust-free with solid floors, the front pillars around the windshield have been fighting a losing battle with the tin worm. With rust in this area, we wonder if a poorly sealed windshield or other accident repair might be to blame. Whatever the cause, it will require the attention of a skilled metal-worker to ensure the Corvette’s structural integrity is preserved. An in-person visit to the Pennsylvania hangar where the Vette is stored might be warranted.
Whoever brings this barn find back to life will have some help, thanks to some NOS parts included in the sale. The previous owner acquired a factory replacement grill and other OEM bits, but they doesn’t specify what all is included. Though little of the car’s history is known, it does at least indicate that before it began its slumber in the woodshed, someone intended to bring it back to life. Now, that chance belongs to the lucky bidder who could plunge headfirst into a sympathetic restoration or possibly just rebuild the engine, fix the rust, overhaul the critical components to cruise in as-found condition. Whatever the outcome, we’re glad the next owner will get to own the Corvette in the barn.