Yes, I think you frequent readers know that I think a C3 Corvette can be a very inexpensive way to get into a great sports car. This one isn’t inexpensive, at least to me, but it does have a big-block V8 and a manual transmission. This car can be found in Trenton, New Jersey, but you can bring it home if you are the high bidder in the auction here on eBay. Bidding is starting at $18,000, but there’s no reserve.
These early C3s have such a clean rear end. The thin blade bumpers along with the iconic round tail lights mean you could not be following anything else. I even like the “flying buttresses” giving the car the fastback look. Although the body looks pretty good in these pictures, the seller tells us that the roof and nose are original paint, but the rest has been repainted. They would recommend a full repaint if you want a spectacular car.
I’m surprised to see the Wide Ovals on the car–I’m sure they are reproductions, not originals, although they are listed as NOS. If they are, I’d sell them to someone that wanted to show a car. On a driver, I think I’d look for some more modern rubber. What do you think?
The car has it’s original interior, which is both good and bad. The wear and tear is obvious, but the pedal pad wear is commensurate with the claimed 90,000 miles. And I still love that it has a third pedal. But don’t expect this beast to be genteel to drive–with no air conditioning, power brakes, power windows or power steering (!) this car will give you a workout.
My, that’s a nice thing to see on an air cleaner, isn’t it? While it’s not perfect in appearance, the under hood area is basically pretty sanitary. Not only that, but the seller has replaced the gas tank, fuel filter, fuel lines, brake calipers, lines, pads, rotors and 4 new shocks. They have also replaced both transverse leaf springs and the rear strut rods. We’re told it runs and drives great. So a lot of work has been done already. I’d like to know if you think it’s a decent buy, and whether you’d drive it, store it or restore it?