Stalled Project: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

With values spiraling ever upwards, the 1964 Corvette Sting Ray is a car that not only provides the promise of some pretty enjoyable and rewarding motoring but a car that represents a great long-term investment. This ’64 model will need some work, but it holds a fair amount of promise. The owner has set a BIN price of $28,500 for the Corvette, although the option is there to make an offer. The Corvette is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is listed for sale here on eBay.

The owner says that the frame and birdcage of the Corvette are solid, with no scaling. There are a couple of shots of the underside of the car, and while it looks like there might be a dusting of surface corrosion, it looks like the sort of stuff that could be addressed fairly easily. Apparently, the car was dismantled by a previous owner some years back to undertake a restoration, but this is as far as it got. The body itself looks like it might need a bit of work, and for a car of this potential value, I’d want to employ someone with some specialized abilities to ensure that the job was done properly. In spite of the fact that it has been dismantled to its present state, the car seems to be complete, as the boxes of parts that are shown in the ad seem to attest. Missing items are the front bumpers, wheels, hubcaps, and the horns.

This photo is one that has me slightly confused, as the owner says that the seats are missing. However, in every photo where the interior is even partially visible, I can see seats. The owner says that the Corvette was originally a red on red car, so maybe these seats have either had new covers fitted or maybe they aren’t the original seats. It is a bit hard to be sure from the supplied photos. There are a few interior trim items visible hiding in amongst the boxes of parts, but I have to say that those items look to be quite tatty, so a complete interior restoration appears to be on the cards.

Unfortunately, the Corvette also doesn’t retain its original engine, although the transmission and rear end might be. The engine and its surrounds have remained untouched throughout the restoration project, and the news on this front appears to be quite positive. While the car currently isn’t a driving proposition, the 327ci V8 does fire up if fuel is poured down the carburetor. Hopefully, this means that it won’t take too much work to kick this car back into life.

It’s unfortunate that this Corvette isn’t a numbers-matching car because this will have some impact on the ultimate value of it. Having said that, it does appear to be largely complete, and also promisingly solid. It will need some work to bring it back to its best, but with values continuing to rise, this is a project that should be worth taking on as a long-term investment.

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  1. Dan

    Firebird seats…..

  2. DVSCapri

    This would be great for that Grand Sport I’ve always wanted…. at half the BIN I’d be all over it for just that reason!!

  3. 86_Vette_Convertible

    What gives on the drivers side front fender? Looks like someone drilled it to pop rivet a bonding strip behind it. Unless it’s somehow based on someones attempt to fix some body damage, I don’t know why that damage would have happened.

    Overall, except for being a C2, not that impressive IMO.

  4. Haig Haleblian

    Run, and do backflips while you’re at it

  5. Tim Deal

    Looks like a good project for someone with a corvette back ground, you could have 15k in the build drive it.

    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      I think $15K could easily go into just the bodywork and paint. Then there’s the potential frame, drivetrain, suspension and other things to deal with.

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