Chevy Corvette C2 Collection 1960s: Decades in a Garage Unveil Numbers-Matching Gems

The Chevrolet Corvette C2 is undeniably one of the most coveted versions of this iconic American sports car. Therefore, the discovery of a collection of C2 Corvettes that have spent decades hidden away in a garage is truly thrilling news. The team at “Horsepower Depot” recently stumbled upon not just one or two, but an astonishing six mid-1960s Corvettes.

Produced from 1963 to 1967, the C2-generation Corvette gave rise to numerous highly desirable gems. The 1963 coupe, for example, is the sole model featuring a split rear window, adding to its allure. In 1966, Chevrolet introduced the powerful big-block 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 engine, while 1967 brought us the legendary “solid lifter” L88 variant. With a mere 20 units produced, the L88 is currently regarded as the most sought-after and expensive C2 Corvette.

Although this collection lacks a split window car or an L88, it does include several remarkable numbers-matching gems. Notably, one of the Corvettes features a 427 engine—a 1966 model with three-louver fenders (Chevrolet switched to five-louver fenders in 1967). Equipped with the base 427 rated at 390 horsepower, this car is in excellent condition and appears to require minimal work to get the V8 engine up and running smoothly.

The second numbers-matching Corvette is a convertible powered by a small-block 327-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) engine. While the exact model year is unclear, it is not a fuel-injected version. The 327 V8 engine was available throughout all five model years, with power output ranging from 250 to 365 horsepower. Despite its extended storage since the early 1990s, this convertible also seems relatively straightforward to restore.

As for the remaining four Corvettes, one is a 1963 convertible that has been fitted with 1965 or 1966 fender louvers—an alteration that can be rectified. Another Corvette conceals a race-spec engine under its hood, while the fifth vehicle appears to have been partially dismantled for restoration purposes.

The sixth Corvette, also a convertible, is currently a rolling chassis. However, the garage housing these treasures is brimming with an abundance of C2 parts, suggesting that the owner may possess all the necessary components to bring it back to its former glory.

Will these Corvettes undergo restoration to their original specifications? While the numbers-matching examples are likely to receive such treatment, the fate of the other four cars remains uncertain. The team at “Horsepower Depot” actively participates in the Factory Appearing Stock Tire (FAST) racing series with various classic Corvettes, so it’s possible that some of these vehicles will undergo modifications for drag strip competitions.

Nevertheless, this discovery is captivating, particularly due to the presence of the numbers-matching examples, which are highly sought-after in today’s market. The 427-equipped car holds substantial value, with restored examples commanding prices of up to $150,000. Naturally, enthusiasts eagerly anticipate witnessing the restoration of all six Corvettes, allowing them to once again grace the public roads. Until that moment arrives, click the play button below to catch a glimpse of these automotive treasures emerging from their long hibernation in the garage.

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