Highly Optioned: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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If a buyer had enough money in 1964, they could order a new Corvette with enough comfort and performance features to make their head spin. That appears to be the case with this Coupe, making it one of the most desirable to roll off the line that year. It presents nicely and has no apparent needs beyond requiring a new home. The Corvette is listed here on eBay in Norwalk, Connecticut. Bidding currently sits below the reserve at $41,911.

The history of this Corvette is unclear, meaning we have no idea whether it received any previous restoration work. Its presentation is quite impressive as 1-of-1,897 ‘Vettes ordered in Tuxedo Black. Only Saddle Tan was a less popular choice that year, totaling 1,765. The paint shines winningly, with no significant flaws or defects. The same is true of the fiberglass, while the underside shots show no evidence of rust which could compromise the vehicle’s structural integrity. The chrome and glass are spotless, but my eye is drawn to the aluminum knock-off wheels. They don’t rate a mention in the listing, so it is unclear whether this is 1-of-806 Corvettes where the original owner spent $322.80 on that option. Some high-quality reproductions are flooding the market today, but an in-person inspection should make confirmation easy. They add considerably to this car’s potential value if they are the real deal.

Lifting the hood reveals a further mystery with this Corvette. The engine bay features a 327ci V8 that sends its power to the road via a four-speed manual transmission. However, there are a couple of questions requiring clarification. The seller is unsure whether the V8 is numbers-matching because a previous owner decked the engine block. Its specifications are also unclear, and I have enough experience to know that the “365” stickers on the valve covers aren’t iron-clad proof that this is the L76 version of the 327. If it is, that engine was probably the bargain buy of the ’64 range. Ordering it added $107.60 to the car’s sticker price, allowing the Coupe to cover the ¼ mile in 14.1 seconds before winding its way to 144mph. The L84 “Fuelie” delivered an additional 10hp but could not improve on the L76’s figures. Since it added a not inconsiderable $538.00 to the price, it is easy to see why 7,171 buyers selected the L76 and only 1,325 trod the Fuelie path. It is worth noting that the interior shots reveal the tachometer has a 6,500rpm redline, which gels with this engine being an L76. Once again, it isn’t concrete evidence, but it is worth considering. Adding further to the rarity equation, this Corvette is 1-of-3,126 ordered with power steering. For potential buyers, this Coupe is a turnkey proposition. The seller states it runs and drives well, leaving the successful bidder with the option of learning about this classic as they fly in and drive it home.

There’s not much to say about this Corvette’s interior because it remains original and unmolested. The Black vinyl upholstered surfaces exhibit some slight stretching on the seat bases, but their condition is acceptable for a survivor-grade car. The dash is in good order, with the gauges featuring crisp markings and clear lenses. There is the usual slight carpet fading, but the lack of wear means the buyer may leave it untouched if this Coupe proves a genuine survivor. The original owner ordered the car with the AM/FM radio, adding a further $176.50 to their total.

Chevrolet built 8,304 Corvette Coupes in 1964, representing just over 35% of total production. This one looks like a beauty, and if the engine can be verified and the optional extras are confirmed as original, it makes this car a relatively rare classic. If that is the case, I expect bidding will need to reach around $60,000 before passing the reserve. It has already attracted twenty-nine bids in two days, and I won’t be surprised if the action heats up before the hammer falls. If you performed an in-person inspection and found all was as it appears, would you join the bidding war?

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    One nice car. Decking the block doesn’t mean raising the compression ratio all the time. Getting a smooth surface to set the heads on is a standard procedure on most engine rebuilds. Have only owned one black car in my lifetime (the hearse doesn’t count) but it really makes this Corvette stand out.

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  2. Robbie R.

    Here for the comments…

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  3. Pat

    Car has 6k red line so definitely wasn’t a base motor car

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  4. Fred

    I had a 365 hp 64 Convertible. A few things to look for. 6500 red line tach which this has, and an 80lb oil pressure gauge
    I know that all can be changed. I also remember a deep groove alternator pulley and an idler pulley? to help keep the fan belt on at high rpms, and a special Holly carb, I forget the number. This motor absolutely loved Rpms. Personally, even if this isn’t factory 365 hp Corvette, the minute I heard the rumble of the exhaust and the clatter of the solid lifters, I’d have my butt in the seat. I think this is a fair price for a nice looking Vette.
    Unfortunately I’m too old. but I have my memories and pictures.

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  5. Chet

    Add a luggage rack to make it complete.

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    • Jon

      @Chet… I don’t think so.

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  6. Robert Liivoja

    What a gorgeous car!!
    I have a 2004 Corvette convertible, black on black.
    I would love to have this one parked next to the other one, unfortunately I’m not in the “snack bracket” to be able to afford it.
    Having said that, the handling and performance of the C5 is good enough to put a huge smile on my face every time I take it for a spin!!

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  7. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Gorgeous car. If I had it I’d have to sell the T-Bird to make room for it or build a bigger garage, such a dilema ; -)

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  8. Mike

    Maybe someone has a clearer memory than i do, but don’t the heads on the 365 hp have a different marking on the ends, that marking would be the same as the fuel injection heads. BTW my Uncle Sam made me sell my 64.

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  9. Sean

    I thought these were tri-powered, with an M22. Is this not the case?

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