1-Of-133: 1964 Corvette Convertible L76 327

If you’re a C2 Corvette fan, you need to check this one out! It’s an unrestored 1964 convertible with 365 horsepower engine, air conditioning, and two-tone interior, and it’s available for sale right now here on craigslist in Mount Airy, Maryland.

Okay, so if you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir when I assert that the second-generation Corvette is today one of the most desirable Corvettes, as well as one of the most sought-after production classic muscle cars of all time. In this case, it’s even more desirable, because it’s an unrestored, well-optioned example, in good overall condition.

The seller tells us that it’s a one-owner car which came from an estate in southern California. It has the L76 engine, which displaces 327 cubic inches and puts out 365 horsepower through a four-speed gearbox. I can’t tell from the pictures, but allegedly it has about 85% of its original paint and the chassis is in great shape. Also, it’s completely numbers-matching and has been given some attention to make it run after 17 years of sitting. We can see that the interior is there but a bit faded and dirty, and we can see the desirable California black plates front and rear.

I wasn’t able to quickly and independently confirm the 1-0f-133 claim through commonly-available sources like VetteFacts, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not true.  I know that we have many, many knowledgeable readers and subscribers who know more or have better sources than I and can help us with that.

On a personal note, I absolutely love these cars. My father had a ’63 coupe when he first served in the United States Air Force and did a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. He sold that one, and in 1970 acquired a ’63 convertible for the princely sum of $1,900 from a young kid who couldn’t afford the insurance. Fast-forward to today: He still has it and drives it occasionally, but it was the first classic car that I ever knew about or got to drive. Talk about a challenge – learning to drive manual transmission on one of these! I really want that car, but I can’t afford to pay him what it’s worth, and he claims that it’ll go to my sister, his only daughter, upon his passing. All that said, then, would you want one of these? Do you have one, or a story about one that you’d like to share with us?

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Comments

  1. DRV

    Like it is this very moment is how I would keep it . The paint looks too good to be original. Oh, you father is cool!

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  2. John

    Shame about the speakers in the doors

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  3. Peter

    Seems like not a bad deal at all…

    Like 2
  4. Matt Toni

    Going off memory her but I don’t think those high revving 11.25 to 1 compression engines came with a/c. Belt tosser

    Like 7
    • Nick hockman Member

      Mine did also.

    • Roy Blankenship

      They came with a larger diameter pulley so as to not to overspeed the compressor.

      Like 1
  5. doug

    They made them in ’64 and ’65, I have seen a few. Seems like plenty of money, but would be worth having for rarity.

  6. Cadmanls Member

    It’s got the 6500 red line on the tac, so must be one of the hotter small blocks. Just keep it as is and enjoy it.

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  7. Nick hockman Member

    I of the 133. Mine is silver blue 365hp factory air with 2 tops! Never seen another until this one.

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  8. gbvette62

    I’m not to sure about the 133 claim, but it’s probably pretty close. Nolan Adam’s fantastic 30+ year old book, “The Complete Corvette Restoration and Technical Guide – Vol. 2 1963 through 1967”, shows 138 64 L-76 convertibles with air conditioning, and 243 64 L-76 AC coupes. His numbers were based on research he’d done on Corvette trim tag ECL codes.

    The 64 and 65 L-76 was the only solid lifter engine ever available with air conditioning in a Corvette, until 72 when AC became available on LT-1’s.

    About four years ago I came across a one owner 65 L-76, air conditioned coupe in similar unrestored condition to this car. I told a friend who had been looking for a coupe about it, and he bought it for $45K. It had a lot of documentation, and was a 65, which is a more desirable year, but it was also a coupe, which usually sell for less than convertibles. Four years later, $55,000 sounds pretty fair for a 64 L-76 AC convertible.

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  9. Bob S

    I had a 64 300 hp Coupe, and one of my buddies had the 65 365hp convertible, and the difference in performance was like night and day. I also loved the sound of the solid lifters. The interior is identical to what I had, and I never got tired of it, although the seats showed the slightest amount of dirt and required more frequent attention.
    Another friend had the 66 425hp big block, and for handling, and performance on tight windy roads, the small block was the best balance between performance and handling. That sb engine loved to wind!
    I would buy this car, but my wife wants me to find the coupe that I sold 49 years ago, go figure.
    Bob

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  10. No Chevette Here

    I like the vette but not one of x scenario but love the engine size and year.

    To the writer please tell your dad thanks for his service as he is a real hero for serving in Nam. I respect all service people for their service who didn’t use money or fake doctor excuses to avoid honor to their country.

    Like 5
  11. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Just watched part of the Barret-Jacksons on TV the last couple of days. Couple of similar cars went through and I think most were about double the asking price of this one. About the only thing I’d be reserved on is the engine. Between the CR on it and the lack of lead in the gas would be a concern of what happens with it over time. I agree that this is a great looking car and someone will enjoy it hopefully for a long time. I for one would love to have it in my garage.

    Like 4
  12. Mountainwoodie

    Well on my bucket list is a split window..with a/c of course. Why you need a/c with a convertible is somewhat vexing. A beautiful car for sure but I think if I were to sell it I’d get the mold ( or whatever) off the seats before I put it up for sale.
    On another subject,Russell, a Corvette belongs with a man…whats up with your Dad? :)

  13. Chris

    I tried to buy this in CA a couple months ago covered in dust and not running at the guys home that died. I was told it sold to a family friend when I made an offer that was going to keep it. Not sure how it went to MD and is being flipped already.

    • Nick hockman Member

      Curious what the ask was then.

      • Chris

        I was told it sold for $28k to a family friend. I offered 25k.

  14. dogwater

    got to love those corvettes

    Like 3
  15. John Revels

    I tried to check it out and see how much but I can not find it on Craigslist?

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