People did a lot of drugs in the '70s. Folks took all kinds of stuff and they didn't know what was in it or what the side effects would be. The guy who painted this C2 Vette probably thought he was skiing in the Alps or directing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra when he created this monster.
In fact it was a can of black spray paint and not a baton whirling through the air, and he was likely pissed the next day when he came out to the garage to find his Corvette looking like an abandoned freight car. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe with 327 V8 and 4-speed manual on ebay in Ventura CA, currently bidding for $22,100 with 1 days to go.
DT's resident paint guru CFlo mentions that the un-rattle-canned portion of the paint is actually not a bad example of "panel painting" a hot rod style of paint perfected by the great and late Larry Watson. Read more about Mr Watson at kustomrama.com.
Waking from a drug induced stupor to find the Vette looking this bad is the only good reason "Larry" (the customized plate owner of this Vette, not Larry Watson) would have left this car sit since 1982. Expect to pay a king's ransom to get California to let you drive this car on the street again. The DMV fees (if it wasn't non-opped) are some of the best performing investments that the state of CA has ever had!!
The engine is a 327 cubic inch V8 that would have put out somewhere between 250 and 375 horsepower depending on which of the original 18 combinations of engine, trans, & accessories available when new. No word on this being "numbers matching" either, but that would certainly be something to consider before putting any bid down on this...thing.
This was a well equipped car at one time (judging by the telescope wheel and electric windows), but there is something wrong with the shifter/transmission set up. That shifter shouldn't travel back that far for 2nd/4th.
All joking aside this is about the cheapest C2 Vette you'll find and perhaps it just needs a new paint job and some mechanical reconditioning. When you dig into the paint/body you'll find out if this is all original or some kind of fiberglass reconstructed Frankenvette and by then you'll be so far into the hole that you'll just keep throwing money at it. Who knows in the 10 years it takes to get it restored the C2 market may have taken another huge leap upward and reached Volkswagen 23-window Bus levels! Get it now and the seller will throw in his large collection of orange "Homer" buckets for free! firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally posted as 20k: LSD Project: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327 4-spd on Daily Turismo.com
Image credits: ebay, kustomrama.com