Build-A-Vette: 1965 Chevy Corvette Project

You’d be forgiven if you thought the picture above was the focal point of this eBay auction for a 1965 Corvette. No, that’s just the donor body that is hiding out beneath a tractor trailer for installation on the chassis which retains all of its original VIN and trim tags. Based on the number of times the seller has had to address this confusion in the questions section of the listing, I’d say you’re not alone if you’re struggling to follow what you’re buying. Check out the listing here on eBay where bidding is over $8K with no reserve. 

Says the seller: “There has been some confusion about the body. The black body in the picture is a donor and does not include the VIN plate and trim tag; the original Z-bar with the original VIN plate and trim tag is also included in the auction.” Clear as mud? The non-matching body will also come with doors, rear glass, and a fiberglass dash but there’s no interior. While it may seem like this project is a long way from ever being completed, the seller includes some compelling information that may make it worth taking a swing at.

As noted in the listing: “I have the original chassis with all the front suspension and wheels, original short block, original 4-speed Muncie transmission, original rear differential, original VIN and trim tags, and clear Ohio title, all with matching numbers and dates.” Well, that does answer a few questions bidders likely had, and the level of original parts included likely makes it worthwhile to assemble this hodge-podge of parts. The seller says the 350 horse motor appears to have original internals, which begs the question as to what happened to the original body.

Typically, the body remains while the numbers-matching components have all but disappeared. This is the opposite, as the original chassis is also included. According to the seller, “The frame is in exceptional condition with no rot or rust or previous repairs. It has been indoors most of its life.” So, what happened? A major accident that damaged the original body beyond repair and an owner that carefully removed and stored the hard-to-replace components? I’m sure the story is an interesting one, and bidders are clearly interested in trying to assemble a numbers-matching ’65 Corvette without the huge cost of entry.

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  1. doug

    Is it just me or is the black body Glen green? Looks like a $1000 parts car with very few good parts.

  2. Danger Dan

    A fool and his corvette money will soon be parted OUT!
    That’s the best I could come up

    • walt

      I have a wooden nickel from the1700’s with georges name on it, how much & on ebay?

  3. Jimmy

    I’m amazed at how much money people will pay for these projects. How I wish I had kept some of my beater cars from the late 60’s early 70’s.

  4. Mark

    The bidding is up to $8800 for a truckload of parts? Most of them don’t even look like they are that greater condition.

    Also what’s with the doors shown in the photos? Air to completely different sets of doors shown. One set that looks like it belongs to a Vet, the other one certainly doesn’t. I think he just wanted more pictures to make it look like the parts were worth more than they really are.

  5. MFerrell

    Nope, I just can’t afford a C2, no matter the condition.

  6. MH

    I don’t know why anyone would buy this. You can buy one running and driving for far less money then it would take to piece this thing together. Definitely not the project for me.

    • wade galloway

      I agree that this will probably never be on the road, but where can I get a 65′ l79 running and driving for far less than $8000?

  7. Blyndgesser

    “Build a Vette”?? I think you mean “Vend a VIN”!

  8. Gaspumpchas

    8 grand and 90 bids, and that frame is twisted up like a boar hogs’ d**k. Buying for the vin?? I don’t get it, like you guys said too much money out there. Nuff said-

    For the brave soul who plunks down the coin-Good Luck!!

  9. Falstaff TR

    Do boar hogs have a form of Peronis Disease? Who knew?

  10. ACZ

    Another piece of junk that someone is trying to pass off as the next great deal. I’d love to see someone put up a piece of crap like this and no one bid.

  11. Chris In Australia

    “Stored undercover”

  12. Dan


    • walt

      not junk, could b a nice dog house/tree fort

  13. michael h streuly

    The guy does a good job talking up all that junk to make someone think they are getting a good deal.NOT.

  14. Ike Onick

    American Porsche 356.

    • Mark

      You sir, in just a few words, have conveyed the state of absurdity the hobby has reached. Future generations are going to shun this craziness, not for the lack of wanting these models, but for what little they can get for the money. The day will come when the only way to get one of these clapped out vehicles is via the settling of someone’s estate.

  15. ccrvtt

    91 bids.

    Barnum was right.

  16. ruxvette

    Wow. Some of the black body, cowl of the blue body, 2 sets of doors, no front end, a lot of major hard parts, no bumpers, glass, no minor parts as in nuts/bolts/screws/clips, etc.
    Hmmm, $2500 delivered.

  17. James Martin

    Do you think he bagged and tagged all the bolts?

    • Ike Onick

      Or the buyer’s own loose screws?

    • Mark

      I’m quite sure he bagged and tagged them. He threw them all into a bag and put a $ tag on the bag!

  18. Al

    Is it April first?

  19. Gaspumpchas

    Another thing I noticed is poor grammar and broken English, and the whole description screams scammer. Not Much good to say except

    Caveat Emptor..

    Good luck.

    • Ike Onick

      Yeah, what he said, and “Buyer Beware”

      • walt

        As is?

  20. P T Cheshire

    Funny, don’t recall a mid 60’s small block with the filter/pick up and port in the block for the road draft tube. Thought by 65 PCV’s were used. Looks to me to be a collection of junk.

  21. P T Cheshire

    Roll over damage on original body parts, chassis twist. Looks to me to be a collection of junk.

  22. lonnie93041

    Good God

  23. A.J.

    I laughed out loud when I checked eBay. This pile of parts is up to $9100! It looks like this guy has been buying parts at the swap meets for years thinking he was going to build a ‘vette. Lottsa drug use in Ohio?

  24. YooperMike

    I smell a rat !

  25. leiniedude Member

    Believe it or not, Ended: Jul 13, 2018 , 8:54AM
    Winning bid:US $9,500.00
    [ 96 bids ]

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