We love the first generation Corvette, with its amazing Harley Earl design, lightweight fiberglass body, and fantastic V8 power plant. What we love even more is finding one stashed away in someone's old barn. This 1962 Corvette has been parked in the original owner's barn since 1972 and the guys over at ChevyVetteParts.com rescued it from further deterioration. They are now offering the car here on eBay, where the current bid is already at $25,700. The car can be inspected at their Bedford, Pennsylvania facility.
Even though this Corvette has set in Rhode Island for the last 49 years, it looks to be structurally solid and in good shape. The fiberglass body panels all look great and even the door gaps look good. The Honduras maroon paint is 95 percent original and should look great after a good cleaning and polishing.
There are a couple areas of concern that may impact the value of this Corvette. The first thing that has us concerned is the fact that at some point this car's original 327 was swapped for a 350 V8. It was swapped before the car was parked, so it's not running, but it spins freely. The other concern we have is the rust on the frame rails. We don't see any areas where it has eaten through, but it's hard to tell without an inspection. We hope it's just surface rust, but we would definitely take a closer look and make sure.
The black interior looks good, just dirty. A good cleaning should be enough to get things back in shape here. The seller does mention that the dash pad has been replaced but claims that everything else is original inside. We just hope that no rodents took up residence in there.
Other than the engine, this Corvette is otherwise original and would make a great candidate for a complete restoration or as a fantastic driver. We would be inclined to leave it original, get the 350 running, and drive the heck out of it. We just wonder if the $32,000 asking price is a bit too high for a Corvette without its matching engine. What do you guys think? Is it a good buy or should it go back in the barn?