Nobody even washed off the bird poop.
A 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Stingray, long neglected and covered in bird droppings, has fetched over $82,000 (approximately £68,625) at an auction in Warwickshire. This sale price astonishingly surpasses the expected $30,000 to $36,000 (£25,000 to £30,000) range, highlighting the enduring allure of classic American muscle cars.
Originally estimated to garner a modest sum, this classic Corvette, a symbol of American automotive heritage, sparked an intense bidding war. The vehicle, believed to have been stored in a barn for an extended period, was discovered in a condition that spoke volumes of its forgotten past, adorned with straw and bird droppings.
Despite its unassuming appearance and lack of a detailed history file, the car's intrinsic value and potential restoration appeal captivated the bidders. The VIN verification confirmed its authenticity as a 1966 Convertible manufactured in St. Louis, adding to its historical significance.
The Corvette's previous owner remains a mystery, but the vehicle's journey from a neglected barn find to a prized auction item illustrates the magnetic charm of classic cars. Classic Car Auctions (CCA), the auction house responsible for the sale, emphasized the vehicle's potential: "This Corvette C2 Stingray’s bones were still in good enough shape for it to attract bidding that took it to more than twice its estimate."
The new owner now faces the exciting task of restoring this gem to its former glory. As CCA noted, the car "deserves to be lavished with attention," promising a rewarding outcome for the effort invested in its revival.
This sale not only underscores the Corvette's status as a sought-after classic but also reflects the passion and enthusiasm of collectors and enthusiasts for preserving and celebrating automotive history. The auction outcome serves as a testament to the lasting appeal and enduring legacy of the Chevrolet Corvette C2 Stingray.