Fresh and new in 1963, this Corvette split window coupe was a beauty. With a short lifespan, this Corvette was promptly wrecked in 1964. Can you imagine how the owner felt? Likely filled with heartache and frustration, as any of us would be, the owner put this Corvette out of his sight to be dealt with later. From that point forward, this spilt window spent 52 years locked away in a damp building. Although having only been on the road for a year and some change, this Corvette is by no means a cream puff. Rough, and in need of a ton of attention, this Corvette is currently bid up to $12,427 with 6 days remaining. Find it here on ebay out of Erie, Pennsylvania.
You may ask yourself what is my definition of “basket case” and what baring does it have on the Holy Grail of Corvettes? Well, take a long and sad look at this once fine machine. Clearly having taken a very hard hit in the driver front corner, this Corvette makes you cringe. The engine is twisted in the frame and the driver side wheel is tightly nestled against the fire wall area. Looking closer shows a missing windscreen and an even gap at the top of both doors. This Corvette must have been “moving” when it took this hit. Also considering this car was wrecked in 1964, the mileage seems high. The odometer reflects 44,580 miles. Now as a whole, that is certainly a low number, but it seems awfully high to accrue that many miles from the purchase date to the wreck date in 1964.
Unfortunately time has not been kind to this wrecked sports car. Moisture has gotten to this car, and taken it another step back after it’s wreck. The interior is rough, with oxidation, rust, moisture, dirt, and anything else you can think of. There are likely some useful items from the interior, but it would have been so much sweeter if this Corvette had been stored in a water tight building all of this time. The heavily corroded drive train is claimed to be original, and numbers matching, being a 327 4 speed car.
This Corvette has lived a rough heart breaking story that will hopefully end in some decent sort of way. We can always fantasize about this car being restored, or revived. The seller has thrown out the word “restomod”. Either way, the “important” part of this car survived, and will likely be put to use in some form or fashion. I think we all can empathize with this poor car, and its need for a winning lottery ticket. Although in rough shape, what do you think this rough Holy Grail will sell for?