This low-mileage big-block Corvette convertible has been hiding in indoor storage since the 1980’s. While this car has a lot of great things about it, the seller knows what they have, as it’s listed here on craigslist for $23,000. The car is currently in Galena, Ohio.
These early C3 Corvettes are more attractive to me than the later ones, with the turned-up rear deck particularly attractive. The seller includes a lot of information in the advertisement, specifying that the engine is original and that they have gone through the effort to get the “tank sticker” (ruining the original fuel tank in the process, although they have replaced it) and keep it intact to prove that it is a 427/390 HP, 4-speed, positraction car. The only thing missing is the original hardtop, although the seller has one from another car that they are willing to sell with this car if you have to have one.
The exhaust has been cut off right at the rear axle, and the car seems to be sitting a little high in the rear to me in these shots. The seller says the paint will buff to be presentable, although the car was originally bronze, so a repaint will be necessary if you want it to be as it left the factory. To the seller’s credit, they point out some relatively minor underside damage that could have gone unnoticed; this makes me more confident that they are telling the truth about the car. The frame has no rust issues.
The car is showing an indicated 56k miles, and given the general lack of wear and time off the road, it’s probably legitimate. While there’s some interior wear, I’d say it’s just great for a driver apart from the carpet. Some cleaning, of course, would be in order!
Here’s the heart of the car, the 390HP, 427 cubic inch V-8. Surprisingly, once it was cleaned up and a fresh carburetor fitted, it started right up, doesn’t smoke and runs well. The front brakes have been rebuilt but nothing has been done to the rears yet. All in all, this seems like a really solid project if you want a big-block, manual transmission C3. Do you? Is this a fair price for the car?