258 Miles in 25 Years! 1972 Chevrolet Corvette

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We’re no strangers to low-mile classics at Barn Finds, but some deserve greater recognition than others. This 1972 Corvette is a perfect example because the seller recently purchased it from the previous owner, who clocked a mere 258 miles in the last twenty-five years. It is a genuine survivor with minor cosmetic upgrades, leaving the new owner to choose between preservation and restoration. Either approach is valid, and hitting the road for summer fun is a realistic short-term goal. The Corvette is listed here on eBay in El Cerrito, California. The seller set their BIN at $19,000 with the option to make an offer.

Many enthusiasts view the 1972 model as the last of the “true” C3 Corvettes. Change was in the air for 1973, with the chrome front bumper being the first victim, as Chevrolet ensured the car would comply with tighter legislative requirements. This ‘Vette may have spent most of the last twenty-five years in a garage, but it wasn’t left to gather dust. After purchasing it from the previous owner, the seller wheeled the car into the light of day, discovering the light rain rolled effortlessly off the heavily waxed Targa Blue paint. It is far from perfect, but preserving the car in its current form would command respect. Close inspection reveals chips and scratches, while the fiberglass has a few accumulated cracks. That makes it a prime candidate for those preferring restoration, and the lack of rust in the frame and birdcage should make the process straightforward. The chrome and glass are acceptable for a driver-grade classic, and the color-coded Rally wheels are an interesting touch that I quite like.

The first owner focused heavily on an effortless driving experience when ordering this Corvette. They combined the ZQ3 version of the 350ci V8 with a three-speed automatic transmission and power assistance for the steering and brakes. Chevrolet followed the industry standard in 1972, declaring power and torque outputs in Net terms rather than the previous practice of quoting Gross figures. Therefore, the 200hp and 300 ft/lbs delivered in 1972 appear to be a substantial drop on paper, but it wasn’t as dramatic as the numbers suggest. The ¼-mile journey of 15.9 seconds was slightly slower than that achieved by an identical car in the previous years, but there was little to separate the pair on the stopwatch. The listing indicates this Corvette has a genuine 65,400 miles on its odometer, and if it really has only covered 258 miles in the past twenty-five years, the mileage is plausible. The seller worked through the revival process, stating the car now runs and drives well. The engine feels strong, and the transmission is smooth. The brakes are low and will require attention before the new owner can consider the ‘Vette genuinely roadworthy. However, it appears it won’t take much work to achieve that goal.

Examining the Corvette’s interior further emphasizes the first owner’s focus on comfort. They equipped this classic with air conditioning, power windows, a tilt/telescopic wheel, and an AM/FM radio. The last item is missing, but the interior is otherwise complete. The carpet might benefit from professional cleaning because it is surprisingly free from the typical fading issues. The Black vinyl trim is in generally good order, and there are no signs of cracked or broken plastic. This interior won’t score many trophies at a car show, but its condition is comfortably acceptable for a driver-grade classic.

Some enthusiasts search for a classic to park in their garage, focusing heavily on ultra-desirable cars. Others prefer vehicles with a fascinating backstory. This 1972 Corvette provides the best of both worlds and returning it to active service for some extended summer touring is a realistic expectation. That begs the question about what the next step would be. Do you think preservation is appropriate, or would you find restoration irresistible? There are no right or wrong answers, but it will be fascinating to gauge your feedback to see what percentage of our readers would select either path. So, over to you.

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    The question here is do you want to drive this car or spend a lot of time and money to totally restore it? It presets well and the minor mechanical requirements won’t take much time or money. I say buy it and drive it.

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    • Marshall v Harris

      Great lookin Vette, fix the issues and enjoy the heck out of it.

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  2. Jay E.Member

    64,500 miles in 52 years!!! Not nearly as exciting and a lot more accurate.
    It appears to be a nice old car. Drive it…

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  3. 86_Vette_Convertible

    It looks like a great car with much going for it. If you like to travel in it, the luggage rack would be a bonus because storage space could be an issue.
    Hope the next owner enjoys the pleasure of driving it.

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  4. CarbobMember

    Get the brakes right and drive it. This appears to be quite a good bargain at the seller’s BIN price. Only drawbacks for me are the automatic and the location. I like the list of options that this Corvette has. The tilt/telescopic steering column would make entry and exit a bit more graceful for this old goat. GLWTS.

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    • Gary Koldras

      Change all the fluids check brakes . Drive it cross country !🇱🇷

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  5. stillrunners stillrunnersMember

    Cars and Dogs – what a read from a quick flipper.

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  6. Howard Boudreaux

    I have a Targa blue ‘72 convertible, same options,same condition. I just repair or replace anything that needs attention and put the top down and drive it. I get a lot of smiles and thumbs up. It’s not a super rare high dollar Vette but it’s still a cool one. Fix things as needed and go enjoy it.

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNWMember

    Seems to be a great car for the $$. If you are wanting one, buy it and enjoy it!

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  8. TRUTH

    It’s a good deal as is for maybe 15-16k. Put a thousand or two into tweaking mechanics and presentation and it’s a fabulous driver and family heirloom going forward.

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  10. Philip Conrad

    Bought a 1971 model equipped exactly like this one. Nevada Silver with red vinyl interior . Sold it in 1994 with some 38 thousand miles on it for $12,000 dollars .

    Due to to Corvettes starting with the 1965 models, the 4 wheel disc brakes were one of the worst designs ever put forth by Chevrolet . Being hydroscopic , they attracted moisture and within a year or so , the caliper bores would rust out and leak fluid everywhere- along with brake pedal going to the floor T the worst possible time . Solution was to purchase calipers with stainless sleeves, a new master cylinder, and use silicone brake fluid from then on . Standard G70x15 tires and standard 3:08 differential… slowest Corvette ever made in my opinion . What a dog these cars were .

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    • Tom Verderamo

      You are right these things were slow handeled rather twichy and strangely and they rusted underneath quite easily, they wrrr really look at me I am a big shot I have a corvette If you did not ever own and live with these for a while you would not know about all this I know I had a basic 71 270 hp 4spd car. Not at exciting but pretty to look at. Later on I owned a 75 Datsun 280Z a much better and much more fun than the Corvette.

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  11. Robert Mahanna

    Not a lot of buy and drive vettes out there.Id buy and leave it alone..Remember they are only original once.Good price for a nice low milage vette.This car will be gone fast…

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  12. Marshall v Harris

    Great lookin Vette, fix the issues and enjoy the heck out of it.

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