Abandoned in Shop: 1969 Chevy Corvette

This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette left the factory with a desirable drivetrain configuration, featuring a 350/300 b.h.p. V8 paired to a 4-speed manual transmission. As you might expect, those pieces are long gone and the Corvette is sold as a roller missing more than a few pieces. Still, it comes with a clean title and the seller claims the frame and birdcage look good. Find the Corvette  here on eBay with a $2,900 Buy-It-Now.

The Buy-It-Now seems reasonable enough for a project car with a clean title and manual transmission. Before I sold the 1974 Corvette I had listed here as a Barn Finds Exclusive, many readers lamented how the Corvette began a slow decline in the 1970s, and that cars like this 1969 model were far more preferable due to better performance and less restrictive emissions.

This example has some custom aero pieces added on, like this rear spoiler. I can’t be sure, but the rear fenders look to have had some work done as well. The split chrome bumpers are a great look, and this particular car left the factory with a handsome color combination of Can Am White paired to a blue interior. Obviously, that original paint job has since been covered up.

The seller is quick to point out that what you see is what you get, and it’s clear this is a major project – hence the low asking price. It’s hard to be sure, but I don’t think accident damage is what drove the Corvette to losing its drivetrain; it looks to be more a case of a car that at one time, was far more likely to be parted out. Not anymore, so hopefully this ’69 is rescued.


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  1. 86_Vette_Convertible

    IMO unless you want a parts car for some specific pieces, I’d let it go. No front end, no drive train, modified rear and wheel wells. About the only good thing I see if you can pull the pedals and maybe the T-tops are salvageable.
    Sorry, not worth it IMO.

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    • Frank Sumatra

      Let’s assume it ran when parked. And there is no luggage rack to disturb anyone. Birdcage is looking quite smart also. Winner!

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  2. RandyS

    Perfect for someone who has the opposite sitting in the garage. A drivetrain and front clip. Otherwise move on as you can get something much more complete for not a lot more $.

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    • Tom Member

      Great comment but I would say you will spend far LESS buying one done versus the bottom line on this ONCE it is restored. Numbers NOT matching on a vette does not sell well. Lots of body mods on that rear clip.

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    • George mattar

      I have owned 2 C3 Corvettes. This POS is a parts car with not many parts. Only worth anything if it was a legit L89 or L88 with bulletproof papers.

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    • Steve P

      I agree, not worth the effort

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  3. gbvette62

    How is the base 350/300 engine, considered “desirable”? The 350/300 is a great little engine, but even if it was still present in the car, it’s probably the least desirable engine offered in 69.

    I’m not sure it’s worth the $2900 Buy-It-Now, but since it’s here in NJ, I may take a look at it. I’m in the Corvette parts business, and doubt you could make money parting it out, but it might be the perfect basis for a Corvette vintage racer we plan on building.

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      gb, keep us posted if you do look at it.

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      • leiniedude leiniedude Member

        And the vintage racer.

  4. Dave Mazz

    Maybe the guy who built the Geo Metro will buy this car, and install another H-D crate engine in it….

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  5. Purple sky

    Maybe $1250.00 IF the frame and bird cage are any good and you have a project needing one and/or the other. A shame but that’s how she goes..

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  6. Suttree

    The most desirable parts on this parts car are the title and v.i.n. tag.
    I’m betting it sells.

  7. Robbie

    There is not enough metal to even be worth anything at the junk yard

  8. TimM

    Every thing car!!! Everything is missing!!! It needs everything!!!!

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