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Epic Barn Find: 1961 Corvette, Parked Since 1968


Barn find 1961 Corvette, parked since 1968  Image: eBay Motors

Barn find 1961 Corvette, parked since 1968 Image: eBay Motors

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Barn finds are often the stuff of urban legend, and tales usually begin with, “I knew a guy who knew a guy who had a friend with a 13 mile 1978 Corvette parked in his garage since new.”

Connecting the dots to find the car often proves to be impossible, or the tale has been handed down so many times that the car has vanished into the pages of history, probably sold to a new owner in 1983 (and six more since then).

That’s not the case here, and Barn Finds seems to have tracked down a genuine parked-since-1968 C1 Corvette roadster, with just 93,423 miles on the clock, for sale on eBay.

Barn find 1961 Corvette, parked since 1968 Image: eBay Motors

Barn find 1961 Corvette, parked since 1968 Image: eBay Motors

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The car has seen just two owners since leaving the assembly line, and the current owner parked the car for the last time in 1968. It hasn’t run since then, either, which means that a complete rebuild of the dual-carb, 283-cubic-inch, 270 horsepower V-8 will be necessary before you can enjoy topless motoring.

It’s going to need attention in other areas, too. The Las Vegas climate hasn’t been kind to the dash or passenger door panel, and the car is being sold with a hard top but no convertible top or motor mechanism. All hydraulic systems will need to be rebuilt, and you won’t even discover any electrical issues until restoration is well underway.

Still, for the right buyer this Corvette could be the project car of a lifetime. Parts are (mostly) available, and it’s not likely you’ll have to undo anyone else's restoration mistakes. While the car may be a bit rough around the edges, it offers no excuses for its condition.

Barn find 1961 Corvette, parked since 1968 Image: eBay Motors

Barn find 1961 Corvette, parked since 1968 Image: eBay Motors

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We’re not experts on vintage Corvette values, so we can’t say how rare or valuable a dual-four-barrel-carb 1961 roadster is. Based on condition, we’d guess that a professional restoration would run into the six-figures, which needs to be considered before throwing in a bid. As of now, the reserve hasn’t been met with a high bid of $33,433.
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  1. just like the one that wsa put on Craigslist last month, i would be amazingly wary of purchasing anything that is considered vintage like this off anyone other than a dealer. At least with them there is a guarantee to back it up. whoever goes in for this i hope has more Sense that Dollars !!
     
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  2. @WizardsLore, buying a barn find like this makes the most sense if you have a passion for this particular YMM. Buy it to restore for a profit, and it becomes a crapshoot.
     
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  3. Back in my furniture moving days I was often in Cal. About 1968 there was an article in the L.A. paper about the rail lines clearing out some boxcars that had been sitting in a yard for years. In one of those cars were two 'new' 1948 Ford Coupes. I don't know how it was settled, but Ford,the RR, and the Insurance Co. all had their dibs in. My high school car was a green '48 Ford Coupe. Best looking car ever made.
     
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  4. When I worked as a mechanic at a local Chevrolet dealer I serviced a 1969 Chevrolet. The owner bought the car took it home,put it in his shed and died with a heart attack that night. the mans wife didn't drive and on the anniversary of the mans death a wrecker would pick up the car and bring it to the dealership to be serviced. Anything it needed it got.Then the wrecker would take it home. I along with every mechanic in the dealership tried to buy the car. When the woman's grandson turned 16 she gave him the car. That night he totaled the car.
     
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  5. That's awesome!!!
     
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