Needs The Lot! 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Are you feeling brave? Good, because this 1967 Corvette Coupe is going to require a brave individual if it is to be returned to its former glory. It represents a significant restoration project that will need to be dismantled down to the last nut and bolt. There will also be a shopping list of parts as long as your arm because there isn’t a single aspect of this classic that won’t require attention. The Corvette is located in Webster, New York, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding currently sits at $23,300, and the reserve has been met.

Starting with what we can see, the Goodwood Green Corvette is a pretty sad and sorry sight. The paint has deteriorated beyond salvation, while the fiberglass is displaying fatigue cracks and other issues. The front of the vehicle has been modified, with the turn signals relocated into the bumper openings. As we will soon see, this will be the least of the buyer’s problems. It is fitted with factory side-pipes, and while the cover is missing off one of these in the photos, it is included in the sale. The Coupe is equipped with Soft Ray glass, and this appears to be in good condition. However, the exterior trim and chrome have deteriorated quite markedly. This will all require either restoration or replacement.

The Corvette has been parked since 1970. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been tucked away in a warm and dry garage. It has sat for the past 50-years outside, under a cover. Mother Nature has done her worst, and there are some significant rust issues. The owner states that the frame is beyond help, and will need to be replaced. That means that a replacement frame will need to be located. The next owner might strike it lucky and find a good secondhand item. However, high-quality new frames can be sourced for approximately $6,500 and would address the problem permanently. This raises a question about the state of the birdcage. If the frame and metal trim have deteriorated so markedly, there also has to be a question mark hanging over that item. Thankfully, all of the repair parts are readily available to return a birdcage to a structurally sound state.

The Corvette is a full numbers-matching car. It features the L79 version of the 327ci V8, backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. All of the ancillary components, like the carburetor, intake, and the alternator, are claimed to be original. The ‘Vette hasn’t fired a shot in anger since it was parked in 1970. It isn’t clear whether the engine even turns freely, and the general level of accumulated corrosion does give me some cause for concern. However, someone has had the good sense to block the carburetor effectively. This might just be a saving grace in this case. The L79 engine would have to rate as one of the best bargain-buys when it came to performance upgrades to a ’67 Corvette. Buyers only needed to hand over $105.35, and they received this engine in place of the standard 327. It meant that the Corvette was capable of ripping through the ¼ mile in 14.2 seconds. It also boosted to potential top speed from the standard car’s 131mph to 149mph.

The Corvette’s Saddle vinyl interior is complete, but there will be some work required if it is to reclaim its glory days. It is difficult to ascertain just what is going to require replacement, but I can see a couple of seam separations on the seats. The carpet looks to be beyond help, but with the way items have been dumped inside the vehicle, it will require a personal inspection. A good starting point would be to treat everything to a thorough clean. This might reveal plenty of components that can be reused. The original AM/FM radio is still in situ, while the Corvette also features a telescopic wheel.

There is no doubt that this 1967 Corvette could be returned to its former glory, and with values remaining healthy, it has probably influenced the intense bidding that has taken place up to this point. If someone is considering tackling it, then they will need to be prepared to dismantle the car totally and to spend a considerable sum of money on parts. Question marks are hanging over the state of some relatively significant components, which could make this a bit of a lottery. Would you take it on, or is this a project that is simply too big?


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  1. 86_Vette_Convertible

    With a bid of $23K on it already, with all the missing and damages stuff on it you’ll be under water on this thing before you could even get it home. With all that appears wrong with this one, either you don’t care about the money or you do it because you love it cause I don’t think you’ll ever get your money back on this one.

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  2. Weasel

    I always like the 6 tail light customization

    Not a sustainer.

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  3. 19sixty5 Member

    Sad sight, this was at one time a beautiful car. I’d hate to even think what a restoration would cost, even to driver quality.

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  4. TimM

    Wow how do you let a beautiful car like this get so bad!!!

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  5. Ed Jennings

    I’ve restored several of these. By the time you get a frame, you’re gonna be in for at least $30K. Assuming you can do most or all of the work yourself, another $30K might take this one to pretty decent driver territory. Maybe better, depending on what else is wrong with the car. Key, is being able to do most all the labor yourself. I’m too old and tired to do it myself. Therefore, I’ll leave this one to you younger guys.

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    • Classic Steel

      They sell frame sections to weld in but again this one is going to be close to getting one all together and painted.
      One can save it which is great or get it and drop money in it and get lost too

      Its a great style these C2 models

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  6. Gaspumpchas

    All the Jag could see were my six taillights….


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  7. Warren Member

    How to destroy a car, leave it outside, throw a tarp over it.

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  8. Mikey8

    If I won the lottery..
    Don’t see many of these anymore

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  9. DonC

    The entire car seems to be sitting too high. Look at the wheel well gap above the tires. I was expecting to see there was no engine, but now I’m wondering if there’s a suspension issue or lift kit or I don’t know what…..I have a ’71 stingray and a girlfriend had a 67 convertible. I don’t recall either having that much fender-to-tire space.

    • Shaun Dymond

      My guess is the car is on axle stands. The passenger front wheel doesn’t appear to be on the ground in the second photo.

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    • gbvette62

      Take another look at the pictures, the car’s on jack stands and the suspension’s hanging free.

      This car is rough, but it’s still a 67, just about the most popular and desirable year Corvette. If it truly has been off the road since 70, then it probably still has it’s original gas tank, and tank sticker. Documentation is everything in the Corvette world, especially when it comes to 67’s.

      Can you come out ahead restoring this car, probably not, but how many cars can you buy today, restore, and sell for a profit? Not many I know of, and chances are a lot better with a 67 Corvette, than they are with a 67 Falcon.

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  10. moosie moosie

    Sitting for at least 50 years has left this poor Corvette a hot mess. I wonder how badly the frame was rusted back in ’70-’71 ? You would have to attempt this for the love of the car and how the ’67 is iconic to a lot of Corvette aficionados. Me included. Beside the 327/350 & side exhaust, 4 speed combo the next best thing about this one is the 6 tail lights. The only way this car being resurrected that makes sense is to do all the work yourself and buy an aftermarket frame. I like it. If my situation was different I’d bid on it.

  11. George Mattar

    My best friend bought a 70 coupe that sat outside for 40 years. Windshield top.under t tops total Swiss cheese. These cars were built like crap, even the Holy Grail 67s. There is a book out by a Corvette Quality Control Inspector who writes most 63 to 67s leaked water into the car during the water spray test. Whatever. This car sat out in upstate NY. It snows in this town from mid Nov to late March. That car was plenty of winter driving. New frames can be had for $5,000. Do not repair a frame this bad. I have worked on these cars and owned two. If you plan on driving it, it would not be safe piecing in repo Chinese garbage metal. 350 hp coupes are pretty common. Yeah it has N14 and tele. Big deal. Worth saving, but not worth it if you have to pay someone to do it. Goodwood is most popular color for 67. Someone will save this car. Like one comment here, the Corvette Order Copy is probably on the tank, but toast. Strong sunlight is not kind to Corvette bodies. They shrink. This car needs a ton of work. Make that two.

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  12. Cam W.

    I have also rebuilt several of these. Some started off worse than this one. If your plan is to restore this car to “new” condition, you will quickly spend significantly more than it will ever be worth.
    If you do most work yourself, and hunt around for decent used parts, you could have a really decent driver for reasonable money. I have found the strong demand for C2 restomods has resulted in a surplus of solid frames, drivetrains, interior, and other parts available at good prices. The best part is the parts are often from previously presentable, good running cars.

    • dogwater

      Amen Cam looks like the body is good it all there.

  13. 1-MAC

    Everyone is concerned with making money. How about someone that wants this car? Never buy a car that you really want and worry about trying to sell. Buy it because you want it. Not everyone is a dealer. The auctions have ruined the hobby.

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  14. Stephen Coe

    Add in suspension work at 6k and brakes & engine WOW HUGE $$$$$$$$

  15. Grunt0331

    Just a bit of ‘Vette Trivia…actual “bare-bones frames” are the same for ’63 thru ’82 Corvettes ….a lot of Corvettes from the late ’70s thru the early ’80s are still resting peacefully in junkyards across America…and most can probably can be salvaged for use on this ’67 for a lot less than a $6500 aftermarket repro…

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    • moosie moosie

      Most frames from that era will work with a bit of finessing, ’63 & ’64 frames wont work for later C2s that have a big block. The balancer and pulleys wont clear the front crossmember. Different brackets for handbrake cable on a ’67, but they will work with a few little mods, C3’s frames with chrome bumpers are different than plastic / rubber bumper cars. So , yeah they are all the same but different. And a great alternative instead of spending big buck for an aftermarket frame.

      • Steve Bush Member

        Ok, I’m no Corvette expert. But assuming you’re not exactly poor if you can invest $23k plus in this mess, wouldn’t it be smarter just to buy a nice complete running car for probably less than it would cost to get this one right? There are perhaps 20 or so available on line for under $75k, many with 327s, with a few 427/435s mixed in. Maybe one of you Corvette experts can weigh in on this.

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  16. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    I’m not sure if I’m believing that this car has sat since it was only 3 years old, but imagine if it had sat in someone’s yard for that long. How many time did the owner have to say “I’m not selling it, I’m going to fix it up myself” only to have this pile left over.

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  17. Grunt0331

    Having owned several Corvettes over my 73 years on this planet, and as the 2nd owner, personally completing a body-off restoration on a pretty clean ’66 all matching #s ’66 427/425, side pipes, teak wheel, 44K original miles, and selling it at auction for over $60K in 1999, I am starting to think that someone with $23K to spend on this is really looking to buy a VIN Tag, Trim tag, Tank Sticker and a wheelbarrow full of Parts, Date Coded Window Glass, Engine, Trans, Rear axle, etc…In my opinion, this car is not even close to being a good project car and/or longer-term investment, and at the current bid of $23K+, the high Bidder does not intend to ‘restore’ this car…otherwise it’s a person with a lot of money and no real understanding of what a restoration involves…just my opinion…LOL

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