Numbers-Matching 427/4-Speed 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

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With the C3 having only been introduced one year earlier, the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette was mainly a carryover on the outside, although the Stingray designation badges returned.  But on the inside, the 327 grew to 350 cubic inches, plus there was still a fine assortment of 427 engine options available, the latter of which can be found in this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette for sale here on eBay.  Although this one’s a project, the ‘Vette seems to have decent bones to work with, so if you’ve been looking for a late-sixties example to tinker around with it’s probably worth checking out.  The car is located out on the east coast in Virginia Beach, with the buy-it-now price set at $28,000.

The seller lists this one as having 390 horsepower, and if I’ve got my ducks in the right pond I believe that indicates the L36 variant of the 427.  The big block is stated to be the original number-matching engine, with the car said to start, run, drive, and stop very well.  The motor has had a recent tune-up, a new water pump, a new battery, and an exhaust system, plus there’s also been a brake job not long ago.  More good news is the transmission, a 4-Speed manual, plus a 3.08 positraction unit out back, so this one ought to scoot down the road quite nicely.

Cortez Silver is the factory color with one repaint under its belt, but from the exterior appearance, the respray was done in the distant past.  But the fiberglass is stated to be solid and overall straight, with a few bruises mentioned here and there.  One obvious blunder is some holes on the rear deck, the result of a dealer-installed luggage rack being removed, so the next owner will have to decide whether or not to repair them or just source a new chrome suitcase holder and put it back.

Inside, things are fairly rough, and most interior components would benefit from a good refreshing.  The door shells are rusty and will need to be replaced, but the birdcage is said to be very solid, with the frame stated to be the same, and we also get a few glances from the underside, though no photos of the car actually up on a lift.  The seller mentions that the Corvette has been sitting inside for many years and is going to need some work before it can be a daily driver, but being a numbers-matching big block sure seems to make it a good candidate to show some love.  Is $28k a reasonable price for what you’re seeing here?

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  1. Maggy

    I’m not a vette guy but I think it”s priced about right maybe a little high.I’m thinking more around 20k .The l36 is a great street occasional for fun strip engine with a mild hi po hydraulic cam and a nice little lope at idle.5200 redline. My th400 shifts at about 6k from 2nd to 3rd at about 80 mph in my 68ss 427 z24 with the qjet moaning WOT. Haven’t floated a valve yet. Glwts.

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    • bobhess bobhessMember

      Fresh or heavier valve springs will help the valve float go away.

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      • maggy

        I need to yank the engine and go thru it is what I should do and go with a roller cam and rockers new springs like you said t chain oil pump and hardened valve seats.It runs really strong now though and I don’t drive it that often especially in the climate I live in , only 6 monthes out of the year. I’m probably going to sell it this year because I want a convertible….maybe.

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  2. ACZ

    Great project. That oval port big block is a good street engine. Lots of torque and the third pedal makes it fun with A/C to keep the driver cool. Someone will have fun with this one if the flippers stay away.

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  3. George Mattar

    Price a bit high for that interior and paint. But the car has good options. I just did a mechanical restoration on my C3 and while not breaking the bank, not cheap.

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  4. PRA4SNW

    Not a crazy price for a 427 early C3 with what appears to be nice undercarriage.

    Your still going to have to spend several thousand to re-do the interior and fresh paint is going to be 15K for a decent job.

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