Starter Vette! 1967 Chevrolet Corvette

This 1967 Corvette convertible has been stored since 2009 and is described as a “starter Corvette” by the seller. I’m not sure if there is any such thing as a starter Corvette (maybe a beater C4?) but I know I love a good ’67 convertible! This one is listed for sale here on eBay and a lot of bids have driven the price over $32,000, but the reserve has not been met as I write. Lincoln, Nebraska is the current home of this diamond in the rough.

The seller is not a fan of what they (and I) think is Ford “Grabber Blue” paint, and it’s certainly not the original Marlboro Maroon. The wheels are also described as “ughly” by the seller and I’m inclined to agree, although of course there are many alternatives out there.

Up close, some of the flaws in this Corvette become more apparent. Certainly, some work will be needed to bring this car up to what you’d like it to look like–but it’s still a Corvette convertible!

Whoa! Surprise! There’s a four-speed manual in there rather than the automatic I anticipated — hooray! I could live with the seats for a while as well, although the seller states the car needs a carpet kit. The pictures are dark enough that it’s hard to tell how bad things really are here. There’s also an optional “speed warning speedometer,” which I had to find out more about. From D&M Restoration, gauge experts: “In 1967, the Corvette offered an optional speed-warning speedometer. The idea was that the driver would set the small, pale yellow needle on the speedometer to the speed that he didn’t want to exceed. When the main speedometer needle reached the place where the small needle was set, a little hairspring on the large needle would make contact with a peg on the small needle, completing a path to ground. That, in turn, would set off an external speed-warning buzzer.”  So, in essence, an obnoxious reminder that you were going to get a speeding ticket!

The engine in today’s project Corvette is a 327 cubic-inch V-8 from a 1964 Corvette, so you obviously won’t have a numbers-matching car. I don’t think this is a start for a restoration, though, rather a car that could become an excellent driver with some paint and bodywork. What do you think?


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  1. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    So, in addition to everything else that has been done or not done to this car over the years, someone purposely painted over what was a Marlboro Maroon C2 convertible – with a nice thick coat of birdsh!t blue?

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Not sure about your color description…but yes. Sigh. I actually like Grabber Blue on Mustangs; my father owned one. But not on a ’67 Corvette!

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  2. Mitchell G. Member

    a starter vette?! this vette is a finisher vette! a transporter of gods! the gollllddddeeennnnn goddddddddd!!!!!!!!!

  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    I too like Grabber Blue but this color looks a bit off what the original Ford color looks like. No information or pictures of the underside. Must be a fad way to sell cars somewhere but remote auctions aren’t it. Example of our “original” Grabber Blue color on our race car. Is it me or do I need to go look at a color chart. Do agree it doesn’t fit the Corvette.

  4. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Auction ended with Reserve Not Met at $36,950.

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