454/4-Speed Project: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

Sometimes you can get a good deal if you are willing to do some work. Here is a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette that originally came with a 427 cubic inch V8 engine. The car is a project and the engine has been replaced by a 454 cubic inch V8 engine built by a local shop near Jackson, New Jersey. The car is for sale here on eBay and is currently bid to $7,300 with two days remaining. The C3 Corvette was introduced in 1968 and designed by Larry Shinoda under the watchful eye of Bill Mitchell. It combined great looks with lots of power and handling.

The rebuilt 454 cubic inch engine is said to only have 10 miles on it but the car is not in running condition. The seller states that the car needs a gas tank, paintwork, and interior. The motor is hooked up to a 4-speed transmission. Engine options in 1969 ranged from the L30 327 cubic inch V8 engine to the L88 427 cubic inch V8 engine. All Corvettes that left the factory with a 427 cubic inch V8 came with domed hoods to improve engine clearance with 427 designations like our subject car.

The seller claims that the 454 cubic inch engine develops 425 horsepower. As many of you know, the 454 cubic inch engine was not available in Corvettes until 1970. The bottom of the car looks a little crusty with surface rust on the exhaust, rear leaf spring, and rear suspension. As with the 1968 Corvette, the 1969 C3 came with independent rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes.

This car originally came with the single 4 barrel carburetor mounted on the 427 cubic inch engine and not the Tripower set up. While the car has its flaws, it could be a fun car to drive once it is repaired and put back on the street. With bidding starting to heat up, this might be a project that deserves closer attention.


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  1. 71FXSuperGlide

    The ‘980’ would indicate a Riverside Gold exterior color, and ‘420’ is Saddle vinyl.

    Lots of work to do here, unless you don’t care about stock.

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  2. TimS Member

    Respray Red over refurb black. How original.

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  3. Dave

    Are the pipes really supposed to be that close to the road?

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    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      You’d have to look at a fsm to figure out the routing of the pipes for sure. From what I’m seeing, I would think this was a quick cheap way to get pipes out the back. I wound think they would normally tuck in over the half shafts as I think I’ve seen that before on a C3 but I don’t know for sure.

      • gbvette62

        Stock exhaust was routed just about like that, under the rear spring on all 63-82 Corvettes, but OEM pipes were flattened slightly, where they passed under the spring, not round. You could never run the pipes over the half shafts. The half shafts need room to move up and down, and there’s not that much space between the half shafts and the rear crossmember.

        That square tube and bracket bolted to the bottom of the spring, are not stock though. That’s a traction bar that use to be available for Corvette drag racers. The other end of the square tube bolts to a bracket welded to the crossmember. I’d bet this car made a pass or two down the track at Englishtown, at some point in it’s past.

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    • Chuck

      No. It looks like the leaf springs need replacing.

    • Patrick J. Flynn

      On my 65 they went up over the axle.

      • moosie moosie

        @ Patrick J. Flynn, Was it a custom made system, I wonder how they found room for the pipes. Otherwise it seems very unlikely.

  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    You can tuck the pipes up pretty close to the spring and have enough clearance. If the pipes hit the spring you’ve gotten really airborne and blew out the shocks. That center torque bar isn’t the worst idea for these cars especially if you have a heavy foot. It does a good job securing the center section. Bought right this one could be worth the money.

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  5. moosie moosie

    1969 was the first year for the 350 cubic inch motor, available in 300 and 350 horsepower. The 327 stopped in 1968.

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  6. Raymond Jacinto

    Wait for a while times are going to get Bad, this car will go for about 5.000.00 to 10.000.00z

  7. George Mattar

    Only 2.5 inch exhsust pipes were flattened for clearance. 427 cars and if L46 had them as well.

  8. TimM

    Not a bad project at all if it can be bought right!! It would certainly be a fun car to drive once done!! It needs so much and being it’s a corvette it won’t nickel and dime you to death!! It will fifty and hundred you to death!!

  9. dogwater

    I think it would be a good project for 12k;

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  10. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Ended:Nov 21, 2019 , 2:44PM
    Current bid:
    US $12,100.00 [ 33 bids ]
    Reserve not met

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