Rare C2 Corvette ‘Fuelie’ barn find buried under 36 years of rubbish

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Incredibly rare 1965 Corvette sees the light of day for the first time in decades

The L84-optioned Chevrolet C2 Corvette with its rare fuel-injected 327ci V8 is the rarest of all C2s produced, with just 771 leaving the factory in 1965; in comparison to the other 327-powered Vettes which were made in the tens of thousands.

Incredibly, one was recently pulled from a garage in Ohio having not moved since the 1984 – reports Hagerty. The rare "Fuelie" Corvette was invisible upon arrival, with the door-less garage packed to the rafters with rubbish and junk – collected over the past 36 years.


The owner reportedly clocked 47,000 miles in as few as three years, fitting the Corvette with an aftermarket hardtop – indicating that the car was used fairly frequently before he parked it, drained the fuel tank, removed the battery and walked away from it.


Ohio-based company Speedy’s Towing & Recovery were tasked with retrieving the car after the owner’s passing and were faced with a virtual floor-to-ceiling collection of junk entombing the rare Corvette inside.


The owner’s daughter didn’t even know there was a Corvette inside originally, until she hired a crew to clean out the garage.

The car is now on sale at Phil Stalling Classic Cars, who have listed the car on eBay for US$50,000 (AU$76,750); which to our eyes is well above market value and would likely get you a much more presentable and running example.


The car retains its original driveline however the sellers have not attempted to start the vehicle, and presumably needs a thorough mechanical refresh.

Beyond the questionable mechanicals, the car is described as free of rust on the bird cage and frame, and bears its fair share of dents – however no panels need replacing apparently.


There is some collectible merit in the car’s originality and the story around its find, but we’re not convinced it will deservedly fetch its US$50,000 price tag.

Still, it’s way cooler than anything we’ve ever found in the shed!


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