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Factory Paint: 1972 Chevy Corvette

Original paint is hard to find a new cars, much less a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette. That’s exactly what this car features, however, and what a great color to boot – and a matching hardtop. The seller notes the Corvette has been in Southern California since new and is the final year of the chrome bumpers. While it comes with the base-spec 350, it is a numbers-matching unit. Find the Corvette here on eBay with bidding at $17K and the reserve unmet.

I have to say, the factory hard top is a must-have for any convertible owner. I just secured one for the project I recently picked up and it’s going to transform the look of the car, not to mention the perception of structural rigidity. The Corvette seen here not only has original paint, but it remains in impressive condition. The seller notes some modest cracking, but otherwise, no rust or other paint damage is mentioned.

Chrome bumpers look sharp as do the deluxe wheel covers. The condition of the interior speaks to a car that has been lovingly maintained, and while the automatic transmission is a snoozer, it also likely has a lot to do with why the car remains unmodified and in a highly original state. Door jambs reflect matching paint, and door panels and seats appear to be quite mint. The birdcage and frame are said to be sound.

The 350 sports an aftermarket aircleaner, a fairly common upgrade. The seller says the Corvette drives, stops, and steers well, but I’d still budget for repairs given the engine bay isn’t particularly fresh. Remember, if this convertible is out of reach at the moment, we still have a 1974 model listed as a Barn Finds Exclusive with the more powerful L82 engine, 4-speed manual, and a new price reduction. Check it out!


  1. TimM

    350 with an automatic is probably the most boring corvette you could buy in 72!! I’m sure it will sell though!! After all it is a corvette!!

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  2. PDXBryan

    I am so hopeless.
    I’m diggin this, looking at the pictures, lovin’ the original paint, even totally fine with the 350. I see the classic Vette steering wheel, feelin’ frisky, thinkin’ we might have some chemistry here, I feast my eyes on those sexy seats then…..daaaamn – she’s autu-tragic!!! Uh…excuse me but I just remembered I’m supposed to be somewhere….bye…..I’ll call….

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  3. TimS

    Yeah, the automatic transmission is a “snoozer.” To everyone except those of us who physically can’t drive a standard shift.

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  4. Camaro Joe

    This one looks like it’s been in the LA area all its’ life. If you ever drove a 4 speed car in that area, you know why you want the automatic. In 90% of the country a 4 speed is way more fun. In that kind of stop and go traffic you want an automatic. I drove a 69 Z/28 four blocks (with a heavy clutch) through the Detroit Woodward Ave. show a few years ago. My left leg still hurts.

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  5. bobhess bobhess Member

    That is one great looking car.

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  6. 86_Vette_Convertible

    It looks good overall but still would require a physical inspection. Need to check things like birdcage and frame for rust, how good the seals are, condition of u-joints and tires. If that all checks then drive it and see how it runs. This is assuming all the claims are true.
    Price seems midground for what they go for around here, neither great nor bad.

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  7. roundhouse

    I had a 72 (in this color) and I’ve always liked them .I’m not sure what all the comments about the transmission are about, they are quick shifting and very robust. Even with a base engine they will chirp the tires going into second gear. Nice car.

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