Numbers Matching 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

This second generation Stingray, available here on eBay in Cincinnati, Ohio, is described by its seller as a numbers matching “project”. In the ad, the seller provides some relevant details about the history of the car, but it appears more information is needed in order to fill in the gaps and ultimately determine its true potential. It’s posted with a BIN price of $35,000. And it appears the seller is an avid Corvette fan, which ads even more questions to this find.

“The story on this car is that it was bumped in the LH front corner back in the ’70s” posts the seller.  Repairs were made to the fiberglass but the car was never repainted prior to being placed in storage.  Simple explanation, right?  Not so fast!  If the car was “bumped” then why wasn’t the front corner repaired and the car quickly returned to the road?  How come minor front end damage necessitated a repaint of the entire body?  And why has it been left in storage for the better part of 40 years?  As I said, it seems like there are some gaps in the story and the seller’s disclaimer about “not seeing any frame damage from the accident” also makes me wonder if that bump might have been more of a bang.  On a positive note, the bodywork that’s been done appears to be of good quality although there could be an alignment issue with the hood.  The body looks close to being ready to be repainted its original Marlboro Maroon color, although the new owner may wisely decide to first address the rust scale that’s pervasive on the frame and throughout the undercarriage.  Photos provided by the seller reveal suspension and brake components looking pretty crusty.

Pictures show what looks like the original, unmolested black interior complete with a grimy layer of dust and mold from years of sitting.  The restoration goals of the car’s new owner will determine whether the interior simply gets a real good cleaning or if things are taken to another level.  Door window seals have been compromised from years of storage and the water stains visible on the vinyl could be an indicator of further, unseen damage.  Unfortunately, the seller fails to provide any details about the interior whatsoever.  Nor is it known whether there are issues with any of the car’s gauges or instruments and whether its electrical system is potentially functional.  Another photo shows a fuel tank lying in the back of the car and the seller mentions it “was pulled years ago.”

Now we get to the heart of the matter.  As advertised, this is a numbers matching four-speed C2 Stingray and the seller provides a couple of nice photos of the 327 small block V8.  Unfortunately, heavy rust scale is present here as well and its evident years of damp storage have not been overly kind.  Does the motor turn freely?  Since the seller doesn’t indicate otherwise let’s assume it does.  You’ll notice the carburetor and radiator are missing but the seller claims to have them in his possession along with the expansion tank and alternator.  Mileage is listed at 64,134.

“It’s a pretty complete car” is a description provided by the seller, although he mentions a few of the “main components” that are missing.  The seller enjoys a 100% positive feedback rating on eBay which is encouraging and an indication that he is honest in his dealings.  But like most eBay sellers his pricing is a bit ambitious.  Simply put, this car needs a lot of work and in non-running condition, it could be a daunting project.  A quick internet search yields a plethora of small block ’67 Corvette Coupes available for sale and while most are priced upwards of $70,000, there are a few offered in the lower $50K range.  In the condition that it’s in, what do you think this ‘Vette is worth?  And equally important, how much do you think it would cost to get it restored and running?

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Comments

  1. mark

    At least it’s a 4-speed. Looks like the upper radiator hose was cut off?

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  2. Big Mike

    I agree with you, there are to many blank spots in the timeline of this Corvette.
    The asking price of 35K he is dreaming, it would take at least 10K to get it back on the road painted and everything gone over. IMPO.
    I have had Corvette, granted they are nice cars, but are a money pit to restore!!!! I learned that on a 73 I bought and nearly lost money on.

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  3. Dave Mika

    And a smashed up C-3 lurking in the shadows…

  4. Mike

    The C3 in the background also has a bump on the front LH fender.😉

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  5. Gaspumpchas

    Dunno bout you guys but I’m scared to death of fresh primer. Frame is scaly but solid. Would behoove the guy to get it running or at least see if it turns over. Will be interesting to see what it brings. Good luck to the new owner, you will need it.

    Cheers

    GPC

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  6. Dennis M

    That interior has the look of a car that has been sitting in the back corner of a body shop for a long time!

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  7. bob

    I’ve commented before about having worked restoring these years ago and this is a frame off without a doubt. Sand blasting every thing steel is a pain and a big expensive job. The really scary part is knowing its been hit and the only way to see what the body looks like is to remove the fresh primer which is also a pain in the back side. Can’t use a DA. Plan on spraying gel coat before paint and after body work. Seller is dreaming with the price. If you have to pay a shop to do this one, whoever will be upside down by an unreasonable amount, like might be able to sell for about half what you have invested. Buyer beware.

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    • Tim Deal

      I have rebuilt many of the corvettes over 40 years first sanding with a DA than spraying two heavy coats of polyester prime its a lot better then gel coat then long blocking etc

  8. James T Houghton

    Not @ that price for a 327 more like 5k tops

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  9. Bob

    Big bucks to restore, having done some. This is a $23,000 car assuming the frame isn’t bent. The cost of parts and labor to do this car will approach its retail value, otherwise.

  10. Dave

    If you can buy a very nice driver for 65k, why would anyone pay 35k for this? it will cost way more than 30k in labor and parts to fix it up.

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  11. Paul

    Pass! Buy a running fixed C2. You will be better for it.

  12. Bob

    All the above are absolutely right! The seller is dreaming @ 35K

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  13. Santa Fe Steve

    Agree with the string of comments. I have seen nice C2 coupes for $50K – $70K. Top notch paint will go for $7K – $10K, add in new interior, brakes and a few surprises along the way. Maybe a $10K purchase because it is numbers matching.

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  14. Mainlymuscle

    There is really no such animal as a sub $20k C2,even non runners !
    The reverse math virtually never applies to popular project cars.
    Seller is only slightly optimistic.

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  15. stillrunners

    Just because I don’t know it all – is that the correct master cylinder – it looks later model to me….but what do I know….and what most all said….fresh primer paint…and do ya think it was red with black seats ?

  16. Scott

    Looks to be numbers matching, but for a base motor small block with few options. Provided the motor’s not stuck, there’s still a long way to go just to make it a safe driver. It’s not worth trying to make it a NCRS Top Flight with no papers unless you get it really cheap. I took a 67 in a lot better shape than this to Top Flight and spent a crap load. Get it cheap and make it a nice driver.

  17. tom

    get real about this ride way to much to restore they all think this is a great piece of car that is bs go find a real piece that’s worth putting time and money into bbc these cars are a dime a dozen over priced go ss chevells and ss novas better rides

  18. Big Drag 49

    Yes….and yes.

  19. Doug

    90% frame off cars your gonna be upside down or just lucky to break even IF a reputable restorer does the work-

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