Tuesday, August 19, 2014

10k: Pantry Find: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 4-Speed

The C3 generation Chevrolet Corvette might not be as collectible and desirable as the C2 Corvette, but the early chrome bumper versions were decent looking and could be had with insanely powerful engines straight from the factory.  Given the prices you could pick them up for (and the amount of drugs used in the late 70s) it is amazing that a single one of the big block Vettes is still around today.  They are around and nice ones hit staggering values at collector car auctions, but today we've got one in a garage, covered in crap and priced nicely.  Find this 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 4-Speed offered for $10,500 in East SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

First, let's get this out of the way -- the difference between this being a factory original numbers matching 427 ci V8  and a swapped version is huge when it comes to value of this pile of parts, before and after restoration.  Regardless, the Corvette was available with a number of option 427 ci V8 configurations that pushed out anything from 390 hp to 560 hp.

The seller doesn't provide enough details in the ad for a non-Corvette expert like myself to determine if this is an original 427 equipped car, perhaps a Corvettologist can chime in the comments about how the Vette emblem is placed on the hood for the big block cars...etc.  The part that is heartbreaking in this ad is the fact that the Vette has been stripped of its dignity and is now being used as a shelf in the sellers garage/pantry.  If this is a real 427 Vette, it is a situation analogous to making a 4-star general become a Walmart greeter in his retirement.
Welcome to Walmart.  
Excuse me sir, where are the mops?  
Mops, why mop? Let some other poor bastard mop your floors instead...
Mr Patton, please stop scaring the customers.

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  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 19, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    As someone who loves cars, and treats even the worst of them with a modicum of respect, I've always wondered what mindset it takes to think "hey, that classic car in my garage? What if I threw all my sh#t on top of it?"

    1. Fleetwood - life happens, ultimately. There have been instances when boxes sit on my father's XK120 project. {shrugs} It's life.

    2. Sometimes it's the only way to hold some "cash" away from the wife. :(

  2. The pictures of this vet look like pictures of my treadmill with crap piled all over it. My treadmill is also "priced nicely".

  3. So your gamma sell a car with crap all over it...you have to remove the crap sometime soon, so why not do it before pictures for advertising ? For every 10 minutes put into this picture, it will save you hours of phone and show time..

  4. "Missing one cylinder head".
    Blew a head gasket, took that head off to replace, and just never finished? Lost the cylinder head?

  5. Probably would take 10' of cabinets in trade!


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