Rare 1965 Corvette “Fuelie” Discovered

A Rare 1965 Corvette Convertible “Fuelie” Is Discovered Beneath Half-Century Worth of Garbage in Ohio Garage

Imagine cleaning out a garage packed full with decades worth of old furniture, tools, assorted trash and other “stuff” only to discover a rare, 1965 Corvette Convertible “Fuelie” buried beneath the rubble.  According to a story first covered by the website “The Drive”, that’s exactly what happened.

This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.
This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.

According to a Facebook post by “Speedy’s Towing and Recovery,” a local tow-company from St. Louisville, Ohio, the company discovered the car when they purchased the contents of the garage after the previous owner’s passing.  According to their post, the 1965 Corvette had been parked in the garage in the late 1960’s.  The car, which has just 47k (appx.) miles on the odometer, was slowly buried behind decades worth of “odds and ends” and was eventually forgotten.  When the company decided to clean-out the garage in late February, 2020, they discovered the Corvette – surprisingly well-preserved – after sitting for nearly fifty years!

“An incredible garage find with my friend Jr Stalling, a 65 number matching fuel injection 4 speed Corvette, parked in the late sixty’s with 40k miles,” read the original Facebook post. “We unlocked it after the mountain of trash (was) removed, and it rolled out of the garage, no locked brakes, what a car.”

This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.
This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.

The car features “fuel-injection” badges on its fenders, indicating that the car came equipped with a 5.4-liter, Rochester fuel-injected L84, 327 cubic inch V8 engine.  Because the L84 was considerably less-powerful (rated at a still respectable 375 horsepower), yet more-expensive option than the 396 cubic-inch big-block V8, total sales of the 1965 Corvette with the L84 engine totaled just 771 units.  However, because of its limited sales number the L84 is a rare find, and far MORE-valuable in today’s collector’s car market.  In fact, there have been similar examples of this car – with considerably more miles – that have sold for more six-figures in recent years.  In 2017, one such example sold for $101,000.00 at the automotive auction site “Bring A Trailer.com.”  That car had 89,000 on the clock.

This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.
This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.

This 1965 Corvette has just 47,000 miles on its odometer.  After being uncovered and removed from the garage, it was discovered that the car’s previous owner had removed the battery, drained the gas tank, removed the car’s hubcaps (and put them in a paper grocery bag inside the car, locked the car’s doors and literally let it for 50 years.   Because its previous owner was an extreme hoarder, the location of the car’s soft-top, original keys and paperwork is unknown but, according to the deceased’s family, would be turned over should it ever be discovered.

This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.
This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.

“Speedy’s Towing and Recovery” partnered with “Phil Stalling Classic Cars” in Utica, Ohio to post the car as an Ebay auction.  The car has an asking price of $50,000 “or best offer” on Ebay and is being sold as-is.

Per the auction listing:

  1. This is the original car with the original, numbers matching engine (both VIN and pad stamp) and fuel-injection unit.
  2. The car features a rust-free bird cage and frame.
  3. The car has just 47,000 mile and is a one-owner car since 1967.
  4. The car has a clear Ohio title.  No other paperwork is available at this time (unless the family discovers additional documentation while cleaning the former owner’s home.)
  5. The hardtop on the car is NOT original to this car – the original soft top is currently missing.
  6. The car’s original paint appears to be in decent condition given the environment in which the car was stored.
  7. The car features the original body panels with clean bonding strips.  The body has had a couple of repairs but nothing that required panel replacement.
  8. The car features the power antenna option.
  9. The glass is in good condition.
  10. The car comes complete with the original air filter assembly.
This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.
This 1965 Corvette was discovered in a garage after being buried beneath junk for nearly 50 years.

It should be noted that this 1965 Corvette Convertible “Fuelie” does not currently run (assumed) and the current sellers have not attempted to turn the engine over since finding the car.  It is possible that the engine could turn over once fuel and spark are applied, but (presumably) the current sellers did not want to risk damaging the engine in the event that the pistons seized in their cylinders.  It is also believed that the engine valves will need to be replaced/re-seated to get this Corvette to operate on unleaded fuel.  Further, there is likely asbestos present in the brakes and clutch assemblies.

As previously stated, the car does roll freely – the brakes and hub assemblies are not seized.

Given the price that a fully-restored 1965 Corvette can command, the current asking price of $50,000 is not unreasonable for anyone who doesn’t mind a potentially large DIY project.  Given the car’s condition, there is a lot to work with here and, for the right Corvette enthusiast, this could be a great deal on a rare, increasingly valuable, second-generation Corvette.

Should you choose to purchase on this car, we wish you the best of luck.  Corvsport.com has no professional affiliations with either Ebay or the seller of this automobile and has not been compensated in any way for sharing this story.

 

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