And it’s hard to imagine that people would lock these sports cars in barns and forget about them. But it’s more common than you’d think, especially when it comes to ‘Vettes built after the 1972 model year. Yup, that’s when the dreaded Malaise Era took over the U.S. car industry and killed the high-performance big-block V8.
Not surprisingly, the coupe emerged into the light with a thick layer of dust covering its curvaceous body. To the point where the dark brown color seemed black at first glance. But that’s not the only issue it had after more than three decades in storage. The interior had become home to a pack of rats, while the front and rear bumpers had disintegrated.
The car’s interior was particularly difficult to clean due to the mess left behind by the rodents that lived there for several years. But it turned out great and the tan leather regained its former glory. Of course, the fact that everything was in solid condition and with minimal wear and tear helped too.
As for the exterior, the Corvette ended up looking unexpectedly nice in the end. Sure, the missing bumpers prevent it from being an unrestored survivor, but the dark brown paint shines almost like new.
This color is actually called Brown Poly and was introduced in 1974, alongside a gold-tinted hue called Golden Brown Poly. The hue was eliminated in 1975, but it returned in 1976 as Dark Brown.
So what will happen to this Corvette? Is the owner planning on restoring it? Well, Robby Layton purchased the vehicle as soon as the owner said she was planning to sell it and it will get a proper restoration.
And hopefully, he will repaint it in its correct factory color because not only are Corvettes in this hue pretty rare, but it’s a fresh departure from the black, yellow, blue, and red we usually see on these cars.
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