1969 Corvette Stingray: A Friend Of A Friend

1969 Corvette

From Chase V – A friend of mine sells old car parts for a living. I asked him that if he ever came across anything cool that he was not interested in if he would let me know.  I got an email from him a week ago and he told me he just left a barn at a blueberry farm that had a ’69 Corvette Stingray sitting in it and it had a “bunch of dust on it” so he thought of me.  He did not know much about it other than it had been 5 years or so since it had been started and it looked to be pretty complete, but very dirty. I told him I was interested in learning more and over the weekend he went back to the location and talked with the owner.  The owner asked if my friend would sell it for him and my friend agreed, so he put it on his trailer. I saw it on Monday evening and we had a deal by Tuesday evening. I have not met the owner, as we did the deal through our mutual friend.

69 Vette Interior Dirty

 

I will call the owner next week and set up a time to meet him so I can get more of the back story on the car.  There were no plates on it and no registration that I have found, so I don’t know when it was last on the road. There is a Michigan state beach pass from 1984 on the windshield, so that is my only clue. I have verified that it is a numbers matching 350/350hp (L46 package) with the numbers matching 4 speed. It has power steering and power brakes, no AC.  I hooked a battery up to it and sprayed a little starting fluid down the (incorrect) Holley Carb and it fired up on the first crank.

Corvette Day 1

I already have the correct Rally wheels, rings and caps for it and they are now mounted on the car. Hard to see the nasty, nasty, nasty chrome wheels go away, but it had to be done! People keep asking me how I find these cars. It is my hobby, my passion. When I am not working and not with my family, I am usually “hunting” the web looking for something special. I also talk with friends and ask that if they ever come across something to let me know about it. It paid off this time – I got another cool find, a farmer sold a car and our mutual friend received a decent finders fee from me and I expect a little cash from the seller. In the end we are all happy.

 

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Comments

  1. MH

    Nice car. I wonder what he paid for it with no title.

  2. Magstar67

    Where does it say there is no title??? I think by no registration he means no paper trail that would give clues as to its history which is why he wants to talk to previous owner. Awesome find!

  3. Alanjnc

    Great!
    If it is not sold and not all rusty, contact me through Jesse! I might be interested!
    Alan F

    • Grant

      Did you read the story? The car WAS sold, he bought it and is working on it…..

      • Grant

        Love it. Been a few c3s lately. This one is probably my favorite so far. And I’m a Ford guy lol….

  4. RickyM

    Lokks great! A superb Barn Find. Well done.

  5. jim s

    looks like a great find. i hope you are planning on driving it. your friend earned a big thank you and finders fee. keep us updated please.

  6. Rick

    On this website (Barnfinds) you’re not allowed to know what people paid for cars, or even ask what they paid.

    • MH

      Let me guess your mad because you have overpaid for cars before. Otherwise you would be curious also.

    • Josh Staff

      Hi Rick,
      You can ask. There’s no guarantee that the new owner will tell you what they paid though. A lot of guys around here aren’t too concerned about the price, as they just love cars regardless of value. I’m sure others want to keep what they paid quite to maintain their privacy while others might want to sell the car down the road and are worried what they paid will influence what others value the car at. I honestly don’t know all the reasonings and I’m not really sure I care, but I tend to respect people’s wishes with that kind of stuff so that they keep sharing awesome finds like this with us! Like I said though, you are always welcome to ask!
      Josh

      • ChaseV

        ChaseV here & I was fortunate enough to find and purchase this Corvette. I tend to be private when it comes to prices, so I don’t typically kiss and tell. I can tell you that everyone was happy with the deal & that is what is most important. AlanJNC, I have not yet decided if I am going to keep the Stingray or not. I have never purchased a car to “flip”, but this may be my first. If I choose to sell it, I will post something on the site. Thanks for all the great comments & happy hunting.

    • Jason

      “On this website (Barnfinds) you’re not allowed to know what people paid for cars, or even ask what they paid.”

      Who made you boss, Rick?

  7. Doug D.

    Very cool ’69 Stingray. I hope to find one just like it someday to restore and drive.

  8. Oldstuff 1941

    Great story & Great Find !! I guess to me the C3’s are the ones that I really can identify with since I ‘grew up’ more in that time period more so than the others and ended up later in life owning and restoring several of them.

    Of the 7 total Corvettes I’ve owned the rarest and fastest was my Tuxedo Black on Black 69… That car was just unreal in the torque it had with the L36/427/395hp with side exhaust… There was nothing on the engine to pull any horsepower away but an alternator… It was an odd option/delete car with No heater, or Radio, no tinted windows or Tilt telescopic or power steering. What it did have though was options that seemed to be ordered more for road racing, like the 427/395 (insurance rating)horsepower, the heavy duty clutch and close ratio 4spd., Transistor Ignition with the J56 option Big Brakes, and F41 heavy duty suspension. That thing would absolutely launch itself in second gear!

    Any 69 Corvette that is not a total basket case in my book is a Great car. I was so blessed to have grown up, owned and driven so many of these cars we see on this site. Thanks Guys for your efforts to bring these Finds out for all us to see…and Good Luck and Great fun to the owner of the Corvette !

  9. Chuck Foster Chuck F 55chevy

    Nice find, probably a good buy. About 5 years ago I bought a rough 69 coupe, Muncie 4 speed but missing the engine, appeared to be a big block from the ignition/transistor box on the core support for $800! I wanted to restore it but no $ at the time, so I sold it, would still love a chrome bumper C3. A 70 conv was down the street for $8k when I moved here 3 years ago, I tried to sell a 56 Bel Air to get the $, but took too long, some guy offered the owner $4k and he took it, needed the $. Was also a factory BB 4 spd, but had a running 350 in it, decent driver as is. I later saw it on Ebay, went for $9500.

  10. George

    Great story and great find. I passed on a 70 last week because at 6’3″ I just couldn’t get comfortable. I’ll say the price was probably much higher than this one. Again What a cool find. Now if I can just talk the bride into another project.

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