Some Assembly Required: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

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There’s nothing worse than reassembling your project car only to find that you have parts left over. With this 1960 Corvette that won’t be a bad sign, as apart from it being sold with what looks like every part required to complete the restoration, there are some extra parts that you can store away just in case something unthinkable happens. At the time of writing, bidding has reached $22,322 and it appears that the reserve has been met. There is also a BIN option of $42,500, should you feel that you just must have the car. Located in Aztec, New Mexico, you will find the Corvette listed for sale here on eBay.

I don’t know when the restoration on the Corvette started, but it looks like it has only proceeded to the point of dismantling the car and undertaking some panel preparation before it stalled. The owner does state that the body will still need some work, but he makes no mention of the state of the frame. The car comes with the hardtop that you can see in the photos, and I believe that it also includes a soft-top. Don’t be dismayed about all of the chrome and trim that looks to be missing, because it appears that virtually everything is there, and a great percentage of it is comprised of new parts. Those aren’t reproduction bits either. They are NOS parts that are still in the GM packaging.

Under the hood is a 283ci backed by a manual transmission, and while he doesn’t specifically say so, it may be a 4-speed transmission. The owner doesn’t indicate whether this is a numbers-matching car, but he does say that he is happy to supply a video with the car running, which is a good sign. Also included with the car is a full rebuild kit for the engine, along with a number of other parts. These include a spare T-10 transmission.

The owner says that the dash of the Corvette is original, but the seats received new covers back in 1981. Those appear to still be in good condition. There are also new door trims, new carpet, and a wide assortment of other new pieces. It really does appear that everything is there to complete the interior, and there may still be some extra pieces to squirrel away as spares. If you look at the next photo down, you will see just some of the substantial catalog of parts that come with the car.

Normally I tend to be a bit hesitant about the whole idea of taking on a project car that has either been partially or completely dismantled. On this occasion I probably wouldn’t be, because judging by the way the owner has cataloged all of the parts, right down to various clips and brackets, it appears that the new owner will have virtually everything required to reassemble the car. It is a car that will be incredibly desirable once complete, and it really does look like quite a promising project.

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  1. DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

    Correction: The reserve has NOT been met, currently at $27,722.

    Always thought that the tail lights for this version of the C1 were the best. And in the photo, they appear to be ok.

    This would be more fun than assembling a puzzle on the dining room table….

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    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      I suspect with a BIN of $42.5K, the reserve is somewhere in that arena. This one’s going to take a fair amount of work and $$ to get it back on the road.

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  2. MoparDude

    Reminds me of IKEA.

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  3. big mike

    I love this style of Vette, but never owned one. I rebuilt a 74, and it was a money pit., Near lost money when I sold it, but this one might be different, if the right person has the time and money to put it back correct.

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  4. Paul

    If you have parts left over it just means you are more efficient than the factory. 😀

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    • Steve P

      Even worse, putting an airplane back together and have parts left over🤪

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  5. DRV

    With the hard top and convertible frame with good chrome teeth, surrounds, and tail light housings it’s worth 27k with no major fiberglass repairs.

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  6. Guy

    I had a 63 and loved it till the end picked it up when i was 25 sold when i was 28 for $2800 paid $1800 but i did rebuild the trans and the motor but i didnt put much into it was the only car in town that ran in the 12 seconds at the drags

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  7. TortMember

    Having three C1’s in the past fifty plus years I think it would be fun putting it together and getting it back on the road if it doesn’t need a lot of glass work. Saying that there are some out there that are nice and ready to go for not much more than the BIN price.

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  8. Alexco

    Not worth the effort financially. C1 Corvettes in good to excellent condition is only worth approx. $55K-$65K, most $55K to 60K. Barrett-Jackson in Jan had one at $65K and rest around $55K. All those parts are not going to be good, some will need replaced. I do C1’s every day and the only way to make these viable is to Restro-Mod. I know people on here don’t like that but it is only financial way to make it work. Glass is the easy part, the rest can get expensive.

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  9. ACZ

    These cars are nice if you’re about five foot six. If you’re over 6 foot tall, find a newer one (63 or later). That statement comes from experience.

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    • Alexco

      ACZ, you are right, I am 5’8″ and I have to go in head first to be able to get in it with the top up. When the top is down, piece of cake. With a stock seat and steering wheel your legs are in trouble. I made the lower seat half the thickness of the stock one and a 15″ steering wheel and it is not bad.

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  10. Andrew Treloar

    Not sure which auction you’re looking at DDB, but bids now standing at USD$25,000 – reserve not met.

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    • DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever


      There must have been a couple of bid retractions after I posted on the 19th. (can you say shill?) Retracted bids apparently don’t display anymore.

      Anyway, the final was $27,200 (reserve not met) by a 2-feedback bidder, no less.

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