Sitting Since ’83: 1964 Chevy Corvette

Bidding is strong for this 1964 Chevrolet Corvette, and that’s in spite of a reconstructed title. The seller notes that he acquired it from an owner that “gave up” on the project and that the Corvette comes with a 283 and 4-speed manual transmission. As it relates to the reconstructed title, the seller notes it appears the front end panels have been replaced at some point. You’ll find the Corvette listed here on eBay with bidding over $17,000 at the moment.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Russel G. for the find. The Corvette looks very cool with side pipes and that custom graphic going down the sides, along with period aftermarket mags. The overall look speaks to a car modified in-period, although I’m not sure if that period happened in the 70s or 80s. The Corvette is not a survivor, and given its title issues, I think it’s a great candidate to drive in its current ratty state.

The interior certainly isn’t so bad you can’t live with it as-is, and the door jambs appear to reveal left-over original paint. The seller notes the Corvette has been sitting since 1983 but he did get it to run and build oil pressure. The previous owner threw some maintenance parts at it, including a new master cylinder and wheel cylinders, but abandoned the project after acquiring a new gas tank.

Given the whole nose was replaced, it seems doubtful that the engine is original – but who knows, maybe the damage was superficial enough that the drivetrain survived. This is a Corvette with plenty of stories, but one that you won’t be afraid to park among forgettable daily drivers and minivans. Still, with bidding approaching $20K, it becomes harder to write this one off as a classic you don’t mind using as a driver.

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Comments

  1. Andre

    283’s weren’t available in ‘64 so the motor definitely isn’t original, none the less cool period car.

    I’d drive it and try to listen to the gasps of matching Corvette hat/T-shirt/leather jacket/buttons/pins/patch/socks purists over the ring of the side pipes 🤘🏻

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    • Andre

      PS get rid of that fuel line setup before this thing burns to the ground.

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      • Max

        Thanks. Comments like this are why I hang around here.

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  2. Todd

    Reminds me of the Corvette that Dennis Hopper drove in the movie King of the Mountain.

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  3. ruxvette

    Ya, ya, ya…you’re gonna buy this for something in excess of $20k and drive it. Well, hell, you can pull the funky Naugahyde stuff off the dash…and repaint the dash…and put a proper tach in it at the same time. Well, shoot, wind and water comes in like gangbusters so just do a quick weather stripping job…but you might as well replace the windshield while you’re there…oh, yeah, sand and repaint the door jambs…oops, windshield wipers, too. It should be a quick adjustment to make the hood fit right…and probably look at the headlights, too. Damn, a front bumper can’t be too much $$$…and on and on it goes…

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    • Steve R

      Front bumpers are overrated.

      Steve R

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      • 86_Vette_Convertible

        Only until someone parks ‘by feel’ then they’re important IMO.

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    • moosie moosie

      More commonly known as “While I’m at it syndrome”, known to stop a lot of restorations, ETC.

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  4. TimM

    I would love to get my hands on this beast!!! It’s a great body style and looks like all the parts are there!! My biggest concern would be the frame!! Being the front end was replaced it begs me to ask the question of whether it was hit and hard enough to bend it!! I wouldn’t want to dump tons of cash in it and find it’s dog tracking down the road!! Or just tearing up tires!!

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  5. Randy

    If you go to Ebay it Shows being picked up by a Large Forklift
    Like in junk yards I’m sure that’s Great for this car
    All the Older Generation is Dying and the Family Doesn’t want to have Anything to do with Their car collections
    Your going to See more and more of these Garage finds in the future Sadly

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