- Auto Archeology finds a 1960 Chevrolet C1 Corvette in a shed after 50 years, showing its restoration process and new life.
- The Corvette is in excellent condition with shiny chrome, preserved paint, a full and well-maintained interior.
- After a complete restoration, the Corvette now boasts a new white and red paint scheme, making it roadworthy and highly desirable among collectors.
YouTuber Auto Archeology regularly posts exciting videos barn finds and the opening of a landfill on its channel. One of his last videos shows the year 1960 Chevrolet A C1 Corvette found in a shed after gathering dust for over 50 years. The video details the Corvette and shows it getting some much-needed TLC to reveal all of its beauty.
Auto Archeology has reviewed many fascinating vehicles on their channel, some in better condition than others. This Corvette may be getting a new lease of life after being hidden away in obscurity for over half a century.
A 1960 Chevrolet Corvette covered in dust
The car was parked in a shed in Michigan along with several other vehicles. Even though the Corvette is dusty, it is in great condition, the chrome still shines and the paint is holding up well. It comes complete with a 283 ci engine and two speed Power Glide transmission. The whitewall on the wheels has faded but is still visible, although when we check the wheels there is a lot of rust hidden in the arches. The interior of the Corvette is in excellent condition as the leather is well preserved.
There is some dirt and fading, but this is a complete interior with dash trim. The chrome is also retained inside and the steering wheel still has leather trim. The Corvette’s license plates show 1973, which may be the last year the car was on the road. A YouTuber’s friend is helping a Corvette owner give it some TLC and put it back together to hit the road again.
The YouTuber gives us a really good look under the wheel arches, and there’s a lot of rust hiding underneath. Despite the fact that this car has been parked in the garage for more than five decades. I hope the rust didn’t eat into the body and cause too much damage as it is a cool and rare survivor. It’s also a time capsule preserved pretty close to the state it was in when the owner parked it. The biggest challenge seems to be fixing the rust problems that have been plaguing it. The rust could have been much worse if the Corvette had been parked outside in the elements.
Corvette Post Restoration History
Towards the end of the video, the YouTuber shows us some more images of the Corvette and gives us an update on Chevrolet. The car has undergone a full, deep restoration and now looks great in new colors. The tires again have a white wall and the center caps shine with chrome. The sunroof was also repaired, and the owner of the Corvette completely repainted the sports car.
The Corvette now has a white paint scheme with some red to complement it and really let it pop. It actually went through several owners and auctions before ending up in Indiana and undergoing this major restoration. Unfortunately, there have been no updates on the Corvette since then. But the YouTuber said that if anyone has information about the car in recent weeks, then get in touch. However, it has recently become clear that the Corvette is roadworthy again, so fingers crossed it will be cared for for years to come.
The 1960 Corvette, of course, belongs to the very first generation of C1 sports cars. They have become some of the rarest Corvettes in history and sell for big bucks at auction. The most expensive in history was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in March 2021. This C1 Corvette sold for a staggering $825,000, underscoring the car’s desirability. Four powertrains were available for the C1 Corvette. The entry-level engine was a Blue Flame 3.9-liter straight-six. But three V8 engines from 4.3 to 5.4 liters were also available. Classic.com lists the Corvette’s average sales price at $109,326, and the most recent example sold for $190,000.
Automotive archeology has revealed a wide range of automobiles
Plymouth Superbird 426 engine specifications
Years of production
Naturally aspirated V8
7.0-liter (Hemi 426)
A turning point
1970 Monteverdi Hai 450, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
This Chevrolet Corvette isn’t the first car Auto Archeology has discovered. Earlier in 2023, a YouTuber found a giant collection of Plymouth Superbirds and a Ford Super Torino Talaldega lying inside a storage room. Unlike some of his barn finds, the outlook for many of these barn finds looked good, with some restored or well on their way to restoration. Some would become spare donors for other cars.
Both cars come from NASCAR, with the Superbird being the most famous of the two. The Superbird was part of NASCAR’s “air car” generation. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ford was wiping out competition in the series, and Chrysler, which owned Dodge and Plymouth, had to fight back. The recently closed Chrysler missile division came to her aid. There were also Dodge Charger Daytona examples in the shed, and former Mercury engineer Redstone created a nose cone for the Charger. Plymouth followed suit with its Superbird, with the Plymouth version making more downforce than the Dodge. Fearing the speed the cars could reach, NASCAR would change the rules to exclude them from the series starting in 1971.
An enthusiast has put together this collection of air cars
This particular collection of NASCAR legends belonged to an enthusiast who fell deeply in love with aero cars while interning at Holman Moody in 1969. Many of these cars came from junkyards across America, with some also coming from dealerships and old lots and junkyards. . The owner recently passed away, but his family decided to carry on his legacy. The Dodge Daytona is almost completely restored, and the Superbird is next in line for such treatment.
Source: Auto Archeology YouTube channel