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I am going to look at a 72 coup (t tops) soon. This one has an automatic, PS, PB, AC, and a 454. Car has not been on the road since 85. The guy starts it and moves it around on his property regularly he says. Uses about a gallon of gas per year. Originally white now it's red. Painted around 20 years ago but is supposed to still look good. Condition as stated over the phone: Car starts and drives. He suggested to replace the brakes due to age and lack of use, needs carpet due to a bleach spill on the passenger side floor, one factory exhaust manifold is cracked.

The car has 65000 miles. Has new exhaust on it. He is the 2nd owner. Owned it for the last 27years. Been kept inside in his barn with two other Corvettes. Interior is described as in very good condition other than the carpet. He says other than minor surface rust the frame is solid.

I would assume the car needs all new rubber everything. Tires, brake lines, fuel lines, belts and hoses. New calipers and a master cylinder rebuild along with a tune up.

Realistically in good shape what would a car like this with the 454 engine cost? What would be a fair price for it in it's current condition? Can I expect the 454 to bring a premium price over the base 350? What are the ratings on the 454? HP and TQ.


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Hi Paul. I couldn't ascertain it's worth within 6k either way without looking at it and making a list of everything (everything, everything) that needs to be done on the car (plus labor if you don't do your own wrenching).

Then, compare it to the price of a shark that doesn't need work and is ready to go cruising with.

Rubber rots and cracks, and improper storage can cause a large amount of headache... way beyond rubber.

I take it the car is not close to you, or you would have seen it already. I would recommend not bringing any money when you go look at it.

Barn cars generally are money-pits beyond belief. Now, a properly stored car is a different story.

Let us know how it goes....
 

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My neighbor sold his 72 vert 454, 4speed, yellow xterior, black inside with white top. He was original owner, original pain, with 51k on the clock. $24k. Maybe needed mufflers and some minor resto work but I would have driven it the way it was and been happy. No need to do work to begin enjoying it is the point on his.
Based on that, I don't know what to suggest you offer.

Maybe you can wait til the 22/23rd of November and take in Vette fets in Chicago. You may get an idea of value there.
 

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Well the thing is this car can be had for $13000 as it is. I wont be able to go see it till next weekend. I am trying to figure out if this is something to snatch up at that price. Or if it is priced about where it should be.
 
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