10 Corvette Barn Finds

For many Corvette enthusiasts, part of the thrill is finding the right Corvette to rebuild and give new life to.

Old farm town barns are notorious for hiding treasures for decades, patiently waiting for a picker to come through and discover what’s lying in wait.  These 10 Corvette barn finds are second chances at a second life. Each one discovered comes with its own history and potential for an exciting future. 

1.       Local Legend Found, 1957 Corvette Airbox

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A local legend, this Corvette Airbox race car had been hidden away in an Ohio barn since the 1970’s. One man stood determined to uncover its location and prove its existence. With a promise that it would be restored to award winning standards, the owner decided to sell it and let it see the light of day for the first time in over 30 years. “With the help of GM engineer and Corvette historian Ken Kayser, the “4007” car was fully authenticated as the earliest known of the legendary AIRBOX racers, as well as the “pilot” car for subsequent RPO 579D production.”

2.       1959 Corvette “Fuelie” Reunited with Family 

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After hearing stories of his father’s beloved 1959 fuel-injected Corvette, Mike was finally given the opportunity to reunite with the Corvette at auction. For years Mike worked side-by-side with the man who bought the Corvette from his father but had little luck convincing him to sell it back to him. In fact, it was boarded it up in 1969 to keep away from persistent buyers. After the second owner passed away and had no family to leave it to, it went up for auction. Nothing was going to stop Mike, who had to cut down trees and barn walls to set it free. “I had to chain saw trees that were 16 inches in diameter.”

3.       1961 Corvette C1, Untouched for 44 Years

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This 1961 Corvette C1 surfaced on eBay for sale. It was parked in a barn garage by its second owner in 1968 and never moved again. Suffering from no more than a broken convertible top mechanism, this C1 is being sold and given the chance to live again.

4.       1962 Corvette C1 Fires Up for First Time in 42 Years

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While being parked in a barn over 42 years ago, this Corvette C1 received little attention from anyone, except the barn rats. When Larry found it again, he also found a trunk full of N.O.S. parts still in their original boxes. Eager to get back on the streets, the Corvette C1 fired up on the first try.  

5.       Not Your Typical Grandma’s 1963 Spilt Window Coupe 

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This barn find had been parked in 1973 and left there for over 40 years. Originally it belonged to an older lady who never drove it far. During a visit to the body shop the manager convinced her to sell it to him and then locked it away in his barn. It recently sold on eBay for $45,544.

6.       Modified 1964 Corvette Hidden for 30 Years

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When this 1964 Corvette was pulled out of storage for the first time in 30 years, several modifications were discovered, however, the original engine and transmission were still there. It still had a solid frame and suffered only minor surface rust. Overall, this Corvette was a great find with plenty of potential.

7. Victim of Michigan’s Weather

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This 1964 Corvette C2 was only driven 67,044 miles back in 1973 before it was put away in storage. It has survived years of Michigan’s intense weather including plenty of snow and rain. It was stored with the top down exposing the interior to the dangers of water damage, but the body of this C2 remained solid. 

8.       An Out-Of-This-World Find

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This 1967 Corvette Stingray is a great barn find by itself, but its unique history makes it truly one-of-a-kind. “This Corvette was delivered to Mr. Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon, on December 15, 1966 from Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida under a program initiated by Mr. Rathman to provide our astronauts with a Corvette.” After driving it for a year, Neil sold it to a fellow NASA employee who then stored in away in 1981. In 2012 it sold on eBay for $250,090.

9.       1968 Corvette with 25 Years of Dust

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This 1968 Corvette L79 hopped from barn to barn until it found its resting place of 15 years. After much convincing, the owner’s nephew was able to purchase it and has since enjoyed driving it around town and to several Corvette shows. Even with the dust, this ‘Vette remains a show stopper.

10.       From Basement to Barn, 1972 Corvette Stingray

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This 1972 Corvette Stingray was bought brand new and stored in a basement until 2008 when it was transported to a barn. After time in the barn the owner brought it to auction where it received lots of attention and sold for $12,760. When the winning bidder went to pay for the Stingray, the original owner handed over a box full of every piece of documentation including the Stingray’s original title and window sticker.

If you have restored an old barn find we would love to hear your story, share with us on Facebook or Twitter. While we may not have 25 years’ worth of southern barn dust on our used inventory, we promise each one has a proud history and a bright future, and we won’t make you dig for them. Discover our used inventory.

Barrett Jackson Auction 2016

VIN 001 Corvette Purchased by Rick Hendrick 2016 Barrett-Jackson

History of the Barrett Jackson Auction

For more than four decades, Barrett-Jackson has been known as the world’s undisputed leader in collector car auctions.  The legacy started in the 1960s as a meeting between two car enthusiasts, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett. The early auctions, held in Scottsdale, AZ, were so popular that fellow collectors and car buffs across the country demanded their own auctions. In 2003, the first Palm Beach, FL, auction was held and in 2008 it was brought to Las Vegas, NV.

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#ThanksDad for the Corvette Memories

Most Corvette fans sat in their first Corvette thanks to the guidance of their father. We asked you to tell us how your father turned you into a Corvette enthusiast and you responded with some fantastic stories. Read more here:

My family owns a small used car dealership, where my dad always kept a Corvette. Some of my favorite memories were made driving them around town. When I got my license he started me out in a C4, and since I have had a few different ones, including a new C6 in 2012,currently I have a C5. My dad sparked my enthusiasm, and has fueled the fire since then. #ThanksDad – Jacob Hatfield

 

 

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For most Corvette fans, it was our dad who first sparked our interest in these amazing cars. With Father’s Day coming up this month, we would like to feature photos and stories about how your dad influenced your Corvette obsession. Click the link below to submit your story or send your photos to hendrickcorvettesocialmedia@gmail.com. You can also tweet your photos to us or message us on Facebook!

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“A legit Porsche killer from Detroit”

CNN Money posted a review of the new C7 Corvette last week in which writer Peter Valdes-Dapena had this to say about the new “Vette:”

But it just hasn’t gotten the respect. It’s been seen as a much lesser alternative to a Porsche for those who just don’t have the money to pony up for those Porsche prices. Probably that’s because the Corvette costs so much less money, looks so much bigger and it carries its engine out front, like any regular car, not in back. Also, let’s face it, it’s a Chevy.

Now, with the 2014 Corvette Stingray, that disrespect just needs to stop. I had the chance to drive the new ‘Vette on roads and highways not far from San Francisco and, while today’s Corvette is not bad, this one’s better. It feels even quicker, more nimble, more intuitive and it’s lots more fun.

Visit the link for more photos and video from CNN Money’s C7 Corvette review.

The Detroit Free Press’ Mark Phelan writes here about the history of the Corvette from a car with “more ‘show’ than ‘go'” to a true performance vehicle.

Check out this story from Car and Driver’s blog with the history of the Corvette as a race car with some great photos of past racing Vettes.

As part of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Chevrolet brought examples of all seven generations of the Corvette in running condition.

Vintage Corvette owners gathered in Laguna Seca this weekend at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as Chevrolet showed off the new 2014 Corvette. Corvette owners lined their cars along paths through the “Corvette Corral” and paraded around the track.

 

Why the Next US President Should Be a Vette Guy

If you just look at Corvette owner statistics, they are predominantly male and more than 80-percent are 40 years old or older. A ‘Vette’ Guy (I’ll use this as the majority with a nod to all the awesome lady Vette owners out there) typically loves watching car racing. They are also highly likely to modify their Corvette within a few months of purchase. Modifications can vary widely, but there is a sense of uniqueness a traditional Vette owner wants to feel for their car.

That’s the stats.

But what REALLY makes someone a Vette Guy (or Gal)?

Having a Corvette in the garage is not a necessity. Having once owned a Vette is though. It isn’t just about the throng of people out there who look lovingly at the sleek and powerful sports car as it passes them on the road. There are lots of Corvette lovers out there. And who could blame the really?

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