Stingray Survivor: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

At some point in time I think any and every car enthusiast has shared an appreciation and desire to own a Corvette Stingray. Boasting alluring body lines and a V8 rumble, the Stingray is certainly a staple in automotive history. This ’69 example has been stored for 42 years and shows very well for its survivor grade condition.  Having covered only 57,700 miles, this is a sweet find that will draw plenty of attention at car events. With several days remaining in the auction, bidding has risen to $10,100. Check out this beauty here on eBay out of Brooklyn, Michigan.

Powered by a 350 V8 and a Turbo 400, this is an easy to drive classic. Claimed to be original, the engine is a bit grimy and could stand a mild cleaning and tidying up. There is also a fair amount of what looks to be oily residue and dirt on the cooling fan, and the fan shroud and engine bay are dirty as well. Although this is a lower mileage car, the engine compartment doesn’t exactly reflect the mileage. While nothing looks particularly bad, a solid cleaning and detailing is in order for this Stingray. Although a healthy runner, this Chevy still needs some brake work and possibly some other attention before hitting the streets.

Inside you will find a sea of blue, and a nice condition interior. There may be some mild fading going on with certain aspects of the interior, but the seats are not ripped and the door panels are not damaged. The seller has mentioned that the car is a bit smelly from its time in storage, and that could be a few different things. One possibility could be old stale gas, or the other possibility could be the mild mold on the steering wheel and on the tops of the seats. If you look closely you can see mold on the headrests, on the upper parts of the seats, the sun visors, the seat bottoms, and around the center console. While this isn’t the end of the world, it will take some diligent cleaning to get the moldy smell out of this drop top Stingray.

Although charming there are a few minor details to point out on this Corvette. The paint does appear to be original, as there are a few areas where the paint is a bit tired, for instance along the top edge of the passenger side door. There is also some paint damage on the back area of the car presumably caused from installation or removal of the hardtop. The paint still offers a nice luster, and could possibly be polished up a bit more for a better shine. What’s so great about this car is that the fiberglass body is flawless with no cracking or damage to report. The bright work is brilliant and shiny with no evidence of rust. Truly a nice survivor, what do you think this Corvette will fetch at auction?

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  1. big mike

    I Love the looks of the 69, never owned one, I did own a 78 and 74, I restored the 74 from a field find, I spent a LOT of money to restore it and barely broken even when I sold it. The 78 was of course the 25th Anniversary special I loved it until some moron backed into it, and cracked the nose cone. Even I had it repaired by a Corvette shop, but it never seemed to look right, I sold it for a bit more than I had in it.

  2. jw454

    No mention if it has the soft top but, the hard top is a nice piece to have. I’d have to remove the headers and side pipes. Some may disagree with that but, some years ago, I took a 600 mile trip in a ’72 that had them and by the time we arrived I thought the ringing in my ears would be permanent. Otherwise, it’s not a bad looking C3.

  3. 71FXSuperGlide

    Currently own a ’69, which I’ve had for 25+ years. I also had that header/sidemount combo on it at one time, but went to chambered exhaust which not only sounds better but won’t deafen you on long trips. Also had the optional hard top with mine, but it was one more thing to move around the garage so I wound up selling it, as it wasn’t original to the car anyway.

    Seems like a fairly original car, except the engine doesn’t appear to have 57K on it from the looks of the single photo.

  4. Art M.

    Looks like they wet it down to possibly hide dill paint, scratches and other imperfections.

  5. ccrvtt

    My favorite year & color for the C3. Outstanding buy if it could be had for $10K – will definitely go higher. Being a Michigan car a thorough rust inspection is mandatory. But it just looks great. Nice find.

  6. Hide Behind

    Nice year and not costly to replace fabric top, go to boat shops, rugs and seats rebuilt.
    Oil all over, even on radiator, wonder about crank seals and blowback froM THIS “smooth runner”.
    Tranny would need good internal go through, as would cooling system, gas tank.
    All simple one man shop work, and pre smogger Vettes bring decent prices.
    One can still buy baffles to quiet side pipes, but those who never drove long distance do not know of sound levels or burnt bare calf or shin burns.

  7. Neil

    Now up to $15,300 – and reserve is still not met!!! Wonder what the reserve is actually set at??

  8. Jimmy

    The only reason my buddy sold me his 73 Bronco was because he bought one identical to this one but in yellow with tan interior and no side pipes. Was a beautiful car.

  9. Angrymike

    I wish I should have looked at one of these back when I bought my 06 Mustang GT convertible. I paid $14,000 for a 20,000 very clean Stang. I always thought these were over priced for a 4-6 month car, but I only drive my Stang in the summer anyway. The small block is something you can squeeze a whole lot of hp out of little money’s spent. Well maybe when I get tired of the Stang.

    • ccrvtt

      Only two kinds of people in this world, Angrymike: Those who drive Mustangs, and those who wish they drove Mustangs.

      And this is from a Corvette guy.

      BTW – like your ride.

  10. Danno

    Hot damn, I LOVE those curly pipes coming up under the leading edge behind the front wheel wells. That should be mandatory on all cars.


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