Basement Find: Duntov-Equipped 1956 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1956 Chevrolet Corvette comes with quite a story, not the least of which is how it was tucked away in a basement starting in the early 1980s and barely known to exist outside of the owner and his close family. Not only that, it’s a truly special Corvette, equipped with a variety of desirable options from the factory including the rare Duntov special high-lift cam. The Corvette was sold at an estate sale, which is how the current owner came to take ownership of it, but he had to jump through some pretty big hoops to land this unique example. Find the full story here on HotRod.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Larry D. for the find. The Corvette is possibly one of just 11 models equipped this way, as besides option code 449 that got you the special camshaft, it’s also set up with option code 469, which consists of 2×4 carburetors on a 265ci mill, according to Hot Rod. The engine output was raised to a healthy 240 b.h.p. with this equipment, so the Corvette goes as good as it looks. It was further upgraded by the previous owner with a four-speed and a 4.11 Positraction. Of course, white paint with a red interior is always a good combination, so you really can’t go wrong with this one. The current owner would have to basically buy the entire property – house, contents, and the Corvette along with a 1947 Crosley mounted on a Model A frame. It cost him $100,000, but he would sell the property and the Crosley to recoup his investment.


Tragically, the reason leading up to the sale was due to a violent break-in resulting in the long-time owner being injured to an extent he needed full-time care. The robbery was tied to a large gun collection that Corvette’s previous owner had in the house, and his attackers ultimately took away his ability to live independently. The Corvette, despite being parked for reasons unknown in 1983 in the basement garage, was his pride and joy, with every fuel fill-up recorded in the notebook above. Along with the special equipment came all the necessary documentation that proved the Duntov connection, making his gamble on buying the contents of the estate a smart one. It’s good to see this one end up with a true caretaker than yet another flipper.

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  1. DRV

    This is a very special car! ’56 is my favorite Corvette and this one checks all of the boxes. Want it….

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  2. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Sad sad story, but on the brite side some very interesting iron coming through here lately!

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    • Dave

      The original owner should have been as tight-lipped about his gun collection…or he should have actually used it.

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  3. Crawdad

    Everyone dogs flippers, but a lot of the time they serve a useful purpose. I have bought classic cars that I had no way to keep, but bought them in business and estate auctions to resell, Having no way to keep them myself. But I could choose the venue to resell , to insure them having the best chance of being bought by a knowledgeable enthusiast, rather than being butchered or neglected by persons who did not recognize the true value. Yes, I made a little money, but I provided a useful service.

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    • Frank Sumatra

      The person is not a “flipper”. He is very well-known in the Corvette hobby.

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  4. grant

    Am I the only one who looked at the gas logs and noticed that this thing apparently gets 1600-2000 miles between fill ups?

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    • Ed Jennings

      The last digit is a decimal. Getting pretty poor mileage too. Of course at 2400 miles, it’s not at all broken in, and probably hard for the driver to keep his right foot out of those dual quads.

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      • Terrry

        Dual quads aren’t great for gas mileage..

      • ACZ

        It’s all related to the weight of your right foot.

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  5. t-bone BOB

    Located in Jennings, MO

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  6. ArtyParty

    Aw shucks! We can’t read this article, as we’re in the UK and so not “in jurisdiction”. Would have loved to know more about this car!

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    • Frank Sumatra

      Got to the Hot Rod magazine site. Search “1956 Corvette” The article is from April 2016.

      Like 1
  7. Mike Brown

    Hopefully the criminals were caught and justice has been or will be served!

    Like 3
  8. Mike

    Hmmm….something is not adding up….265…dual quad…some bad ass cam…240 hp? What am I missing?

  9. chrlsful

    finally the rear 1/4s evolve to the good’un (’56/60) but not the nice 2 sides dash (good binnacle & coved pass’s side). The article sez its a stripper, 1 of 11 or sompin? No interior in these 3 pic to check that. Like the Carters, not sure their the great 4100 tho…need more info, but hey – this is an opening…

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