Solid Project: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

With 1967 being the final year of production for the C2 Corvette, Chevrolet made the decision to minimize changes to the car, allowing for the company to focus on the wholesale changes that the C3 would bring. Even though it was public knowledge that a new Corvette was just around the corner, Chevrolet still managed to sell a very respectable total of 22,940 cars in 1967. This 1967 model is a car just waiting to be restored, and it seems to be nice and solid. Located in Rochester, New York, it is listed for sale here on eBay. At the time of writing, bidding has reached $21,600, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

Looking over the Convertible, there are one or two parts that are missing. The most obvious are the front bumpers and the soft-top. The owner says that there is no soft-top with the vehicle, but doesn’t tell us whether the frame is there. He does say that the underside of the car is solid, so it looks like the next owner will have a solid base from which to work. The owner lists the paint color as grey, but I think that it is Silver Pearl. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the car has undergone at least one repaint during its life, and the owner does confirm that the Corvette was originally finished in Sunfire Yellow.

Getting the Corvette mobile is a 327ci V8, and a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission. The car is also equipped with power steering. The owner says that the Corvette runs and he has driven it around the yard, but that the brakes don’t work. He also makes the point that the car has been off the road for many years, so the whole car is going to require a thorough check before it returns to the road.

The interior of the Corvette is basically complete, but there is some work on the cards for the new owner. If the car did indeed start life finished in Sunfire Yellow, then the black interior trim would have been a nice contrast. When it comes to optional extras, it appears that the original owner has chosen the factory AM/FM radio, which cost $172.75 when the car was new, and the leather seats, which were a $79 option. It’s amazing today to think that leather seats would have been a cheaper option than a radio, but that’s a demonstration of how much cheaper electronics are now than they were 52-years-ago.

As a project car, this ’67 Corvette does look like quite a good one. I’m under no illusions here, because it also represents a lot of work to return it to its original state. When it is restored, it has the potential to be a very attractive car, and I would really love to see it once it is finished.

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Comments

  1. BRAKTRCR

    My dream car. Make it reliable and safe, and run the wheels off it

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    • DETROIT LAND YACHT

      Gorgeous…even in rough shape

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  2. Gaspumpchas

    the owner states that the frame is nice. How bout some pics of it? Seller does seem honest. caveat emptor, this is in the heart of the rust belt. other than that seems like a good start, Pricey IMHO. Good luck to the new owner!!

    happy Motoring
    Cheers
    GPC

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  3. gbvette62

    There’s no convertible top, because I think this is a 67 hardtop only car. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but if it ever had a soft top, it would have two chrome rear top latches on the deck lid, and I don’t see them. Admittedly, this is another internet ad, with sub par pictures, so they might be there?

    As far as the seats go, leather may have only been a $79 dollar option, but this car doesn’t have leather. The course pebble grain seat inserts, indicate that those are standard 67 black vinyl seat covers.

    It doesn’t look like a bad car, but I wouldn’t want to be in it for more than $30,000. I’m guessing the reserve is probably higher though, which I would find hard to justify, especially for a wrong motor car.

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  4. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Having not owned a C2, I don’t know how the hardtop attaches. A club member has a 65 with soft and hard top, and I honestly don’t remember the tonneau hardware being visible when the hardtop is mounted. I would have sworn all C2 convertibles had a soft top hardware in them when built but I could be wrong.

    This one could be fun if all the parts are there (like bumpers etc.) but it likely won’t be cheap imo.

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    • gbvette62

      Only cars ordered with both tops, came with everything needed to mount both tops.

      When a 63-67 was ordered with just a hardtop, it came without the two chrome latch plates, that the soft top rear bow lock pins latched too. Conversely, soft top only cars didn’t get the two stainless ferrules in the top of the decklid, or the two machined nuts on the inside edges of the decklid, needed for the hardtop to bolt too.

      For someone wanting to add a soft top to this car, it’s going to cost $3000 to $4500. A complete new top frame with latches, canvas & weatherstrip runs $4300. Used frames average $1500, the canvas is about $475, weatherstrip is $225 and $750+ labor. And if the car needs the decklid latches, they’re about $200.

      Here’s a link to a hardtop only decklid currently on eBay.
      https://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-1964-1965-1966-1967-Corvette-Convertible-Roadster-Hardtop-Only-Deck-Lid-/273828294437?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10

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      • PW McCarty

        Zip Corvette sales all of the hardware and framework for the convertible top and it isn’t that expensive

      • gbvette62

        PW, I own a Corvette parts business, and I have a pretty good idea of what parts sell for. I was working off of the top of my head with the prices I quoted, but I wasn’t far off.

        I just looked at Zip’s website and they sell the correct Al Knoch dated tops for $430 (I said $475), the weatherstrip for $220 (I said $225, but I have them in my catalog for $215), Chinese deck latches for $75 each (which I won’t sell them because they’re junk) and US latches for $110 each (I said $200 a pair).

        A new, complete Coffman top, with frame, canvas, latches and weatherstrip is $4295, I know because I sold one in March. I didn’t see the complete new frames on Zip’s website, but if they’re on there and selling for less, then they’re discounting them, or haven’t updated their website with Coffman’s newest price. I said $1500 for a used frame, which is just an average price. I sold a very nice used soft top frame at Carlisle for $1800.

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  5. Stephen

    Wish I could purchase this as sunfire yellow is the color I want. Maybe someday but not today dang.

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  6. TimM

    Another beat up vette with a stupid high reserve!!! Surprise!!!

  7. hemidave

    price doesnt make sense. A real nice driver is 60k so subtract paint , engine driveline repairs, interior , chrome , all the rubber stuff, brakes, fuel system repair and a top plus plus plus

  8. Dave

    Looks like a 350 HP car but no info. on the engine.

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