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Some Assembly Required: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

I’ve watched as C2 Corvette (1963-1967) prices have continued to skyrocket, more than likely to the point where I’ll never own one. Then a project comes along like this one and, well, hope springs eternal. This project is listed for sale here on eBay where there is a buy it now of $15,000 or you can make lower offers to the seller. It’s located in Brooksville, Florida.

The seller explains in the ad that the body has been cut behind the seats and that the chassis came from another car that was being restomodded. There are some extra front and rear floors, some birdcage parts and an aftermarket one-piece front clip are included. The car is also wearing my favorite version of the famous Chevrolet rallye wheels, although I have no idea if they are correct for the car or not.

When I first saw this listing, I was really worried about the way the rear fenders had been cut out. More about that later. The tires certainly look new, but we don’t know how long they have been mounted.

The seller offers several pictures of the car with various body parts placed in location or removed. It helped me picture how much assembly there actually is. Not only that but with components coming both from different cars and the aftermarket, you know it’s not all going to fit correctly without some work.

And here are some more of those panels. While some of you may be turned off by this assembly of components, I’m sure there are others of you that are excited at the opportunity to make the car your own. Which one are you?

The seller tells us that the hood has a section of structure underneath that has been cut out and that the front end has no inner fenders. I’m sure there will be many components that you will have to source from somewhere; thankfully, being a Corvette everything is available.

This is why I’m not worried about the rear fender openings. Ultimately, it appears someone has sourced the major components that you are going to need to put this car together. However, there is no interior that I can see, and we know absolutely nothing about the engine, transmission (other than it is an automatic) and suspension. If you are interested, let us know what you find out about this Corvette!


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Been reincarnating cars like this my whole life. No time available now but this looks like pure fun to me.

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  2. 8banger Dave Mika Member

    So just to ask, how much cash do you suppose it would require to deck this one out?

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  3. Anthony in RI

    The small pieces of the front fenders actually on the car are not even from a 65. They are from a 63 or 64. A real Frankenvette is what we have here

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  4. bull

    That AIN’T no Sermersheim front-end.

    That’s your basic cheap 1 piece front-end.

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  5. 427vette

    This is exactly why major restorations of Corvettes are close to impossible to execute for amateurs. They are a fairly complicated assembly, with glued together major body sections, multiple brackets and bolts needed for all the brightwork, and plenty of subassemblies that require exacting adjustments to make everything look right. In plain language terms, this is like one of the Revell Skill Level 5 models we used to put together as kids. Many can finish, but only few can make it look perfect and looking like a real car. Nice challenge if you are up for it though👍

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  6. Ralph

    Get the glue…….

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    This guy wasn’t up to it…and neither are you.
    It’s worth restoring…if you pay a Vette pro to do it.

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  8. MFerrell

    Having disassembled/reassembled C3’s, this looks like fun! Go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? You screw it up, take it apart and try again. How do you think those experts became experts?

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  9. KeithK

    Too many people are obsessed with perfection. Build quality was awful in the 70 – 80’s in comparison to today’s standards. Glue that thing together and quit worrying about perfect panel gaps. Let the trailer queens worry about date coded mirror housings and hairs per inch window felts (and yes that’s a thing. ) I’m just gonna get burnt rubber all over the rear end anyway.

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  10. Cadmanls Member

    Glue it together, LS power and drive the snot out of it and no need to worry about stone chips.

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  11. Tort Member

    A little over my head to restore being fiberglass but for the right person restore it as KeithK says and have fun!

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    • moosie moosie

      Fiberglas isn’t hard to work with, easier then metal. After a few ooops and aw s?*&s, you just do it over, wear gloves & long sleeves, respirator too. @ Jamie, ’65 didnt have rallye wheels, the ones here are sporting ’67 center caps but the wheel looks wider than 7″.

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  12. dan radowicz

    I’m starting to itch just looking at it. A true “Bitsarinni”, but a fun project if you’re not in a rush.

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  13. TimM

    I just can’t see buy omg something at an over inflated price to put a 1000 hours of labor into and god knows how much money to break even or loose money!! I’m sure there’s a reserve and the people or person that took it apart is going to want to get all his money back cause it’s a vett!!!!

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