327/4-Speed: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

Although many enthusiasts focus on originality with their potential classic purchase, sometimes a car that ignores those rules will appear on the market. Such is the case with this 1960 Corvette. Its presentation is hard to fault, but a later engine hides under the hood. That hasn’t prevented five potential owners from submitting twenty-seven bids on this driver-quality gem. It is listed here on eBay in Denver, Colorado. The frantic action has pushed the price beyond the reserve to $54,101, with time remaining in the auction.

It would be interesting to take a peek at the Tag for this Corvette to determine whether its color combination is original. Chevrolet offered buyers seven paint shades in 1960 and the same number of two-tone combinations. The most popular two-tone was Code 440 Roman Red with White coves, with 779 buyers ticking that box on their Order Form. That is what graces the panels of this ‘Vette, and the overall presentation is excellent for a driver-grade vehicle. There are no major flaws or defects, although the seller suggests the successful bidder may elect to restore it to achieve perfection. The fiberglass looks good, and there is no mention of frame rust. The buyer will receive a matching factory hardtop and a soft-top that is in good condition. The glass and chrome are spotless, and the narrow whitewalls suit this car’s character perfectly.

One aspect of this Corvette needing nothing is its interior. Its Black vinyl upholstered surfaces show no evidence of wear or other problems, with the same story for the carpet. The dash and gauges are excellent, and the aluminum trim sparkles impressively. The original owner splashed a cool $137.75 on a factory radio, and like the gauges and lights, this works as it should. All the new owner needs to do is slip behind the wheel and revel in the classic car ownership experience.

Lifting the hood reveals what sets this Corvette apart from its siblings. The engine bay originally housed a 283ci V8, but that is long gone. The seller indicates the ‘Vette derives its power from a 327ci unit, although it is unclear where it started life. However, they say it produces 300hp, an output only available by spending plenty of cash on the Fuelie option in 1960. Bolted to that sweet V8 is a four-speed manual transmission, allowing this classic to storm the ¼ mile in around 15 seconds. Although the seller is not specific about the car’s mechanical health, their description of it as a presentable driver suggests there are no mechanical issues. The seller is approachable, so it could be worth asking a few questions before dropping a bid on this beauty.

After the trauma of the early years, Chevrolet must have felt justified in choosing not to cancel the Corvette program when they examined the 1960 sales figures. It marked the first year they leaped into five-figure territory, with 10,261 giving a Corvette a new home. This one isn’t original, but it is evident that people like what they see. It seems to have no immediate needs and would suit a buyer focused on owning a tidy driver-grade classic. I won’t be surprised if the bidding hits $60,000 before the hammer falls. However, I found a virtually identical car that sold earlier this year for over $70,000. So, even if this gem is beyond your financial means, watching the last few hours of the auction could be worth the effort.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    With a beautiful car like this you don’t quibble about the original engine. Just buy it and enjoy it.

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  2. DRV

    I’ve seen this here before? The red dash is memorable because it’s so wrong while the rest looks very good .

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    • LastCJ

      Yes, this was posted before on an auction that ended 11/27. Sold at $53,822 but obviously back-up for some reason that seller does not mention.

  3. Doug M

    Early Corvettes didn’t have trim tags. There is no way to verify original color, options, or engine it came with.

    Sometimes clues like the tach will give an engine indication, but those can be changed.

    Or look under the dash pad for original main body color, if someone didn’t totally strip the old paint off the body.

    White coves were somewhat of a rarity, they were optional and less than 50% of cars had them.

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    • Frank Sumatra

      @Doug M- I am really pushing the limits of my on-board memory card, but I think I saw an image of a fiberboard panel that was located in the trunk of 56-62 cars that had the body color written on it.

      • Doug M

        Some cars have been found to have the color written in pencil or crayon/ colored wax stick on the panel behind the passenger seat, or in the trunk bulkhead behind the fiberboard panel.

        Easily faked, and its not a trim tag.

        My ’61 car has the last two digits of the VIN written in pencil on the inside of the outer door skins, for some reason, It’s original, I have had the car for 50 years, but there is no documentation that it means anything, according too the corvette “experts”.

        My guess is the doors were removed for some factory rework,and marked to match the car for reassembly.

  4. TheOldRanger

    This is one of the Corvette models that I really liked…

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  5. Daryl Roe Daryl Member

    These cars carry a special place in my heart. As a young 8 year old future hotrodder but current downhill gocarter I would often stop on the hill to watch a neighbor building these and old cobras. This lit something within me that still burns today. I loved how the guy would allow me to come sit with him and watch and ask questions!

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    • Tbone

      That’s awesome. Reminds me to be more patient with the little ones.

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