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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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