So you’ve always wanted a Corvette, but they’ve been out of your budget range? Here’s a potential bargain C3 that might be a diamond in the rough! It’s located in Miami, Florida, and you can tell from the pictures it’s with a lover of Chevy’s fantastic plastic cars. The no reserve auction is here on eBay, and right now bidding is only up to just over $1,500!
The seller estimates that it’s been off the road for at least 10 years, and doesn’t drive or run at the moment. They also welcome you to come and inspect the car as well, which is nice to see. The rear bumper caps seems to have survived a lot better than the front one!
I’m not sure what would have made the paint come off like this. Also, is that a maroon color I see peeking through in places, or is it primer? Anyone familiar with what Chevrolet used as primer for mid-1970’s Corvettes? I’m hoping that the line or crease I see on the right in this picture isn’t evidence of a bump.
What’s this? A manual transmission in a mid-1970’s Corvette? Will wonders never cease! Unfortunately, you can see from the right hand side that there’s been a lot of water in this car, and there’s no telling what that’s done under the skin. It’s really sad, because originally this was a well-optioned car, with deluxe interior, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power steering, power brakes, power windows and air conditioning. Now it just needs re-conditioning.
By 1974, the vaunted Corvette V8 was down to either 195 or 250 horsepower, depending on whether it was fitted with the L48 or L82 V8. It had to haul around just over 3,500 pounds, so as you can imagine it was working pretty hard. However, this is one of the easiest, if not the easiest engines to wake up. I’d love to inspect the birdcage, and if it were solid, pick this up and just build my own car the way I’d like to see a C3. Would you do that too?