Customized C2: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette

June 28, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Rides Still Available Page.”  Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box.

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer this mildly customized 1964 Corvette Convertible in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the private seller.

Bidding opened Wednesday, June 7, 2023, and will continue through 6:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.

This 1964 Chevrolet Corvette currently resides in Northridge, California, which is just outside of Burbank.

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The Deets

Year 1964
Make Chevrolet
Model Corvette Convertible
Location North Ridge, California
Mileage 00037 (TMU)
VIN 40867110750
Exterior Color Silver Blue
Interior Color Black Vinyl
Engine 327 cu in V8 (NOM)
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Gas

Current High Bid: $15,000

In 1964 Chevrolet made only evolutionary changes to the C2 Corvette. Besides the coupe’s backbone window, the two simulated air intakes were eliminated from the hood, though their indentations remained. Also, the decorative air-exhaust vent on the coupe’s rear pillar was made functional, but only on the left side. The car’s rocker-panel trim lost some of its ribs and gained black paint between those ribs that remained; wheel covers were simplified, and the fuel filler/deck emblem gained concentric circles around its crossed-flags insignia. Inside, the original color-keyed steering wheel rim was now done in simulated walnut.

A few suspension refinements were made for 1964. The front coil springs were changed from constant-rate to progressive or variable-rate and were more tightly wound at the top, while the leaf thickness of the rear transverse spring was also altered thus providing a more comfortable ride with no sacrifice in handling. Shock absorbers were reworked toward the same end. The 1964 Corvette arrived with a new standard shock containing within its fluid reservoir a small bag of Freon gas that absorbed heat. Chevy added more sound insulation and revised body and transmission mounts for the 1964 Corvette. It also fitted additional bushings to quiet the shift linkage and placed a new boot around the lever. The result was a more livable car for everyday transportation.

Drivetrain choices remained basically as before but the high-performance pair received several noteworthy improvements. The solid-lifter unit was driven with a high-lift, long-duration camshaft to produce 365 horsepower and breathed through a big four-barrel Holley carburetor instead of the base engine’s Carter unit.  Although transmission options remained ostensibly the same for 1964, the two Borg-Warner T-10 four-speeds gave way to a similar pair of gearboxes built at GM’s Muncie, Indiana, transmission facility. Originally a Chevy design, it had an aluminum case like the Borg-Warner box but came with stronger synchronizers and wider ratios for better durability and drivability. If enthusiast publications liked the first Sting Ray, they loved 1964, though some writers noted the convertible’s tendency to rattle and shake on rough roads. Sales of the 1964 Sting Ray reached 22,229 -— another new Corvette record, if up only a little from banner-year 1963. Coupe volume dropped to 8304 units, but convertible sales more than compensated, rising to 13,925.

If you are looking for a show quality, numbers-matching, NCRS-quality C2 Corvette, then this is not the Mid Year for you.  If, however, you are looking for C2 you can actually drive and enjoy, then please read on.

The VIN tag confirms this C2 is the 10,759th built, a 1964 Corvette Convertible, in Chevrolet’s St. Louis assembly plant. The “F7” on the top left of the trim tag confirms Chevrolet assembled this Corvette on the seventh day of February 1964, which was one of 2,025 units built that month.  The 916AA Paint code confirms this Corvette left the factory painted Daytona Blue, which was a much darker shade of blue than the current Sliver Blue on the car.  Also noteworthy is the “490BB” indicates the original interior was blue vinyl, not the current black color.

 

Besides the triple taillights (a popular period-correct C2 customizing item) this C2 features upgraded disc brakes in lieu of the original drum brakes that came on the car. The seller confirms this Corvette features a rebuilt 327 cubic inch small block V8 with an estimated two thousand miles.

As the seller lives in southern California, he never had much of a need for a top on his C2.  He notes that his customized Corvette does not include a convertible top or its frame. In lieu of this, the sale includes a matching hard top that features both new glass and a headliner. The seller states the hardtop’s paint is blemish-free and has never been installed on the car in my time of ownership to avoid scuffing the car’s paint:

1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

The picture below contains the Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection completed and prepared on Thursday, May 26, 2022.  To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

Here’s the Exterior Photograph Gallery.  Click on a desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures

Here’s the Interior Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Underhood Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Tires & Wheels Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here’s the Convertible Top & Windows Photograph Gallery.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

Here are all of the receipts for parts and labor provided by the seller.  Click on the desired picture to expand it and then navigate between all of the other pictures.

6 Comments
  1. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

    Where is this vehicle located?

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    • 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

      Hi Paul, in Northridge, California just outside Burbank. We’re in the process of providing a full listing update within the hour – check back later this morning.

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  2. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

    Is the convertible top installed? If yes, what is its condition and functionality. If not, why was it removed? Any idea what is involved in making the speedometer work properly? Do the windshield wipers work?

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  3. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

    Hello… any update on the roof? Is it included/installed? Report said it was offsite but available for inspection but I don’t see anything more on that… also, since not a numbers matching engine, do you have an estimate of its usage since the odometer isn’t working?
    Thank you…

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    • 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

      Hi Brett, thank you for your patience. The seller just confirmed the car is equipped with a 327 cubic inch V8 that features less than two thousand miles since receiving a rebuild. The seller states their C2 comes with a removable hardtop and will be forwarding pictures, which we will post as soon as we receive them.

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  4. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Lot 117

    We’ve received several questions over the phone in the past 24 hours, so out of fairness to all of the bidders. We’re summarizing all of the questions and answers here:

    1. Was the car once painted red? While the trim tag indicates this C2 left the factory as a Daytona Blue example, the car was painted red at some point in its history before the previous owner had the car repainted its current shade of silver-blue. There are hints of the red paint peeking through from the lower kick panels in the car’s interior.

    2. Does the car come with a convertible top? The seller notes their C2 only comes with the removable hardtop. The sale DOES NOT include a convertible top of its frame.

    3. Are the dashboard, instrument cluster, and doors cards from a later C2? The seller confirmed their ’64 C2 does, in fact, utilize those interior bits from a later C2.

    4. Do All of the instruments work? The seller confirmed all of the instruments work.

    5. Why is the heater core blocked off? The seller notes that he installed a new heater core when he replaced the dashboard components. Living in southern California, however, meant that he never really needed the heater working. The seller states that the sale includes new hoses for the next caretaker to install, should they choose.

    6. The radiator and fan did not look correct for the year and motor. Does the car overheat? The seller notes that the previous owner installed a bigger radiator (we suspect one that is normally installed to cool a Big Block equipped C2). The seller notes that he took the car to Malibu on hot days with no overheating problems.

    As stated in the main listing, If you are looking for a show-quality, numbers-matching, NCRS-quality C2 Corvette, this is not the Mid Year for you. If, however, you are looking for a C2 you can drive, enjoy, and get continuous positive comments wherever you drive it, this might be the vintage Corvette for you! Happy bidding!

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