Drag-Raced Drop-Top! 1972 Corvette Project

Tweaking a Corvette’s personality comes easy thanks to their elegant and sporty design. Keep it fairly stock with plenty of chrome and you’ve got a personal luxury coupe. Add flared fenders and four wide tires and you’re ready for vintage road-racing. This 1972 Chevrolet Corvette in Santa Barbara, California wears fat, slick rear tires and more scars than Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon. The listing here on eBay describes it as having “been a race car drag racer for many years.” Technically “Drag Racing” occurs as a sanctioned event with safety inspections and rules. This car looks more like a veteran of Street Racing, which can occur anytime two cars drop the hammer to see who’s faster. More than 30 bids have set the market value above $4,000 without meeting the reserve.

Right, so… is the trunk completely entombed in body filler? The comment about “a reassigned California VIN and a clear and transferable Texas title” suggests the seller is a dealer as “skipping” or selling a car with a title that belongs to the previous owner is illegal in all 50 American states.

Looking rather stock except for headers, the 350 cid (5.7L) V8 is described as “a very strong and noisy small block 1972 engine that is very fast.” Apparently, it runs but cannot be safely driven. The radiator zip-tied to the core support is always confidence-inspiring. Check out corvsport.com for everything you ever wanted to know about the 1972 Corvette.

Like the rest of the car, the interior shows no signs of flooding or years of outdoor abandonment, but plan on significant clean-up and parts replacement if winning a trophy is on your to-do list. The seller includes underside pictures that support the claim that this sports car “hails from the middle of Texas and the frame is straight and totally rust free.” Investors will pass this one over for sure, and that’s good news for someone willing to take a gamble on an as-is ‘Vette with battle wounds and an angry small-block. What would you give for it?

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  1. slickb

    I can’t put my finger on it but there is something about this car that I really like….

  2. Neal

    72? Looks older to me, even the sbc has the oil fill up front like the earlier ones. The front fender vent are 68/69 and the front grills( what’s left of them) aren’t 72. Am I wrong here?

    • Matt Toni

      Title skipping not illegal
      In Nevada if current seller goes with buyer to dmv and does affidavit

  3. RandyS

    Vacuum secondary on a 4 speed and 68 cast iron intake manifold. Crude homemade H pipe with no mufflers. Engine must be a “sleeper” because the external appearance does not say Performance.

    The frame seems to be in magnificent condition and is a fully optioned car with AC, PB and PS so has potential. Do like the built in cup holder in the passenger seat cushion.

  4. Frank Sumatra

    Side pipes, American racing wheels, a trailer and we are going drag racing!


  5. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Calif reassigned vin? Only time I’ve seen something like that has been either stolen or fire damaged. This one is going to take some work to get it back into shape. Don’t know if it’s something that someone wants to tackle unless they want it to drive themselves rather than resell IMO.

  6. Lounge

    The ignition in the steering column, front fender vents, and door locks indicate a 1969 Stingray – 72’ had a grill type vents among other cues.

    That said – I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.

  7. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Always nice to see a tach hiding another one.

  8. Comet

    Is it just me, or does anybody else love the look of this beat up, tuff looking Corvette? I’d get it running well and pound the hell out of it on the street as-is. Unfortunately, the title “thing” brings up lots of questions. There were no trunk lids on C3 Corvettes.

  9. A.J.

    You sharp eyed commenters are right, looks to me to be pieced together. Look at the way the hood and headlights fit. I would stay far away from this one.

  10. moosie Member

    Probably ’72 from the cowl back, it needs significant body work, missing lower r/s quarter panel, droopy nose in the middle, no mention of a convertible top, a/c car but no compressor, wouldnt be bad if you could get your hands dirty & le$$ money. At least its a 4 speed. State issued VIN looks proper for a ’72 ?

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