Cleaned Up Well: 1965 Corvette Convertible

Holy cow! The difference a good detailing can make to a barn find like this Corvette is unreal. When the seller found it, it was covered in dust and bird droppings. It was so bad that you can’t even tell what color the car was. After getting the car out of the barn, they cleaned it up and got it running. A full restoration was planned, but they just don’t have the time for it, so it’s now listed here on eBay in Wakeman, Ohio with bidding already over $15k. Be sure to scroll down to see how well this Corvette cleaned up!

Prior to cleaning it up, this Vette looked black, but as you can see it’s actually silver. If it wasn’t for the wheels, modified fenders and super wide tires, you might think these are actually completely different cars. This is a great example of why you should clean a barn find up if you plan on selling it!

It might not have the highest performance engine in it, it’s the 300 horsepower 327, but this was still a well optioned car. It was equipped with power steering/brakes, Positraction rear end, radio delete, the telescopic steering column and a hardtop. Sadly, the hardtop is long gone, so you might want to try tracking a replacement down.

While it really did clean up well, this Corvette still has some issues. Ranging from the modified fenders to fit the wider tires to rust in the frame. The seller is honest and upfront about the condition, so I don’t have any reason to believe it’s worse than described, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a closer look before bidding. They are also including some spare parts and have already done all the work to get it running and driving. Hopefully, the rust isn’t so serious as to require taking the body off, but you won’t know until you can get a good look. If only every barn find cleaned up this well!


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  1. jdjonesdr

    Not crazy about the cut out wheel wells, but looks like a pretty solid car still

  2. Don H

    When I was a little kid my dad did the same thing to the rear of a 65 barracuda so he could put bigger wider wheels 🔪

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  3. gbvette62

    It’s an interesting car, but with the frame rust that can be seen, any potential buyer should check the rest of the frame and birdcage over very carefully. As the hobby gets older, a lot of potential buyers are dealing with bad hips and knees, so the automatic’s not the drawback it once was.

    If the frame and birdcage aren’t to bad, it could be a pretty easy car to restore. Unfortunately, to properly fix the front wheel openings, will likely require a new top surround, or maybe even a nose.

    It’s not a “radio delete” car though, it’s a no radio car. Radios were an option. You can’t delete something, that wasn’t there to start with.

  4. Rockhead

    Never seen a radio delete corvette before

  5. ronebee

    you lost me at “powerglide”

  6. Nova Scotian

    This reminds me of the “dinkies” we used to play with as young boys! If something like this real life version rolled past…heads would turn, and all work…play…would cease for the entire time it came into view, and drove out of sight. Cool car indeed!…and 100% period correct.

  7. Rock On

    Would be even more period correct with triple tail lights and side pipes.

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  8. Rich Gibbons

    Sorry, I don’t believe triple tail lights and side pipes would make it period correct.

  9. Jeff

    Wow that’s cool

  10. jw454

    I’m just glad they washed it. This is how it should be presented.

  11. 8banger Dave Member

    My second Galaxie was a radio delete. It had a little plate over it (the hole) that I wish I would’ve kept.

    • Rocco

      I think I still have a radio delete plate from a ’65 Mustang. I know I have one for a ’95 Cobra “R” Mustang. I bought an extra while you could still get them.

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