Original L76: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

This 1964 Corvette Convertible is a two-owner survivor that would benefit from a bit of TLC. It still has its original 327 under the hood, which means that there should be enough power under the right foot to keep most enthusiasts happy. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, you will find the Corvette listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has been spirited on this beauty, which is no great surprise. This has pushed the price along to $30,100, although the reserve hasn’t been met.

The Saddle Tan Corvette isn’t perfect, but its exterior presentation would be fine if the next owner wants to retain it as an original survivor. The paint has a number of defects and flaws, but the limited photos show no evidence of any issues with the fiberglass. The factory hardtop looks to be in excellent condition, and while there is also a soft top, its condition is unknown. The owner provides no information on the structural condition of the Convertible. However, if it has spent most of its life in Nevada, there is a good chance that the frame and birdcage will be sound. The glass appears to be in good order, and while the trim and chrome aren’t perfect, the condition would be more than suitable for a driver-grade car.

The Corvette is a numbers-matching car, with the engine bay occupied by the L76 version of the 327ci V8. This beast should be pumping out 365hp, which finds its way to the road via a 4-speed manual transmission. With a potential ¼ mile ET of 14.1 seconds, no-one could class this as an automotive slug. The owner doesn’t mention any mechanical maladies with the Convertible. He says that it starts right up and that it drives. However, he doesn’t indicate how well it drives. This would be a question that would be worth asking before committing to bid on this classic.

Apart from the fitting of a Hurst shifter, the interior of the Corvette is claimed to be original. The cover on the driver’s seat has a substantial tear, and I believe that this is probably beyond repair. The buyer could probably replace the one cover, but I would replace them both to maintain color and wear consistency. The carpet on both the floors and the bottoms of the door trims is looking pretty dirty, and these will require at least a deep clean. You have to hope that it will respond to this, but I think the buyer might need to source a new carpet set. The rest of the upholstery, the dash, and the remaining trim all look like it would be fine if the car is returned to a driver-grade state.

There is a lot of promise locked up in this ’64 Corvette Convertible, and the bidding to date would seem to support this. It isn’t perfect, but its needs would seem to be relatively minor. Some people would be inclined to fix the few interior faults, have the vehicle mechanically inspected, and then drive it as it stands. I can fully understand that approach, and I find that idea quite tempting myself. There is no doubt that whatever path the buyer follows, they will be the proud owner of an iconic American sports car that many people would envy. I know what I would do, but what plans would you have?

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Comments

  1. Turbo

    Appears to be a nice car that has potential to enjoy as is and make repairs at your own pace (I don’t mind a little surface rust or faded original paint, but it is nice to have a nice clean interior), unlike most of the recent Corvettes that seemed to have strange modifications or had been submerged. If I recall correctly, this year would have 4 wheel drums unless they have been upgraded.

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  2. Mike

    Weren’t just the fuelies 365 horse? 350 horse for hipo carb motor?

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    • jokacz

      Fuelies were 375 hp, 4 barrels were 365. In my recollection carbureted cars were faster at the drag strip.

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    • RH FACTOR

      Fuelies were 375 HP. 365 same engine except with Winters high rise aluminum intake and Holley 600 cfm carb.

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    • Rick

      No, in 64 there were 4 hp options – 250hp – 300hp – high performance 365hp, and 375hp Fuel Injection.

    • Bob M

      in 63 the the hp was 340 for carb and 360 for fuelie. in 64 it was 365 and 375

  3. 86_Vette_Convertible

    This one looks like it will clean up nicely, no major issues noted but then again there’s no good photos of the windshield area or frame. AFAIK you are right on the brakes, disc brakes didn’t come to the Corvettes until 65.
    If it was mine I’d update the brakes to disc. If the frame has issues, I’d look into a replacement like the Roadstershop or several others sell. At that time I’d look into upgrading the suspension to C4 components, would make one heck of a ride!

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  4. gbvette62

    It looks like a pretty decent example of a 64 Corvette. 64’s have always been the ugly stepchild of the mid year Corvette world. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’ve just been over shadowed by other years, popularity wise. The Saddle Tan exterior isn’t the most desirable color, but it’s not terrible either, and the 365 engine easily makes up for it.

    I doubt that those are the original seats or door panels. The general fit of the seat covers is off, as is the shape of the backrests. The pleated area of the top of the door panel looks wrong too. It’s way to thick and heavily padded to be original. The Hurst shifter’s not original, and I’m not impressed with the MSD unit hanging by wire ties, from the right female hood latch.

    If the frames good, and it is the original engine, this could be a nice little car for someone, with a fresh repaint and some interior work.

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  5. Kevin

    My favorite hands down ,unpopular color with most people.Wheres my check book.

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  6. ruxvette

    My first Corvette in 4/66. Same specs but Daytona Blue. It’s probably a $35-40k car.

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  8. gaspumpchas

    Grab a gambler’s travel package and go take a look at her. Troubling the seller doesnt touch on the maladies of these. Performance would be an easy fix but if the birdcage looks like the one that was on here last week, all bets are off. Good luck and stay safe. Presents nicely in the pics.
    Cheers
    GPC

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  9. george mattar

    Yeah it’s a 64 and falls in the middle of the landmark 63 car and finally disc brake cars in 65. But as the owner of two Corvettes with four wheel discs, let me tell you the system in theory worked well, but if not maintained or the car is not driven, KABOOM, leaky calipers, etc. Drums never had those problems and I have owned many drum brake cars over the years as daily drivers. So, you have to put a little effort into the brake pedal, so what. If you’re gonna upgrade, get a Wilwood system, instead of spending all that money to put on Delco Moraine parts. That aside, what a great driver. Do nothing with the paint or chrome, get the mechanicals up to snuff and ENJOY this great C2 classic. Nice car.

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  10. Russ Ashley

    Man, this brings back memories. I had a 64 Corvette with this same color and also the 365 HP engine. Mine also had a close ratio 4spd and 370 Posi rear. I sold it in 1969 when I was having a new house built and felt like the money would be better spent going toward the new house. If I could have gotten the $30K that this one is bid up to I could have paid cash for the house and had some left over, but mine went for $2K.

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  11. 1Ronald

    That Hurst shifter can be a deal breaker. Folks, keep the original stick. That means on a 63 you don’t go nuts and snap it off at the top. 64s had a thicker top that normally wouldn’t snap. Unless an owner was hell bent at making some kind of a Hurst statement. I take issue with “This beast should be pumping out 365hp.” So where’s the pot? No pot, no f.i. No 365. Motor identical to my 63 I wish I still had which pumped out 340hp with a 4:11 rear.

    • Rick

      No it’s not, this has a different carb, and different heads than your 63 – 327-340 hp. The same goes for the Fuel Injection, as it went from 360hp in 63 to 375hp in 64. They are different !

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