1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Excerpts from Actual Appraisal by Steve Cram
Slammed by the Transport Company
Appraiser was contacted by furniture moving
company that had been responsible for transporting this
classic car. Corvette was placed high, in back of
transporter, and improperly tied down. Car slammed
side-to-side for entire 1,000 mile trip.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, 327 / 365 bhp engine
(#'s match), four-speed manual transmission, factory hardtop,
cast aluminum knock-off wheels, am-fm radio, back-up lamps,
3.08:1 gears, tinted windshield.
Condition (including damage):
Using the traditional rating scale for vintage and/or collector cars of
1 to 5 (1, mint/show; 2, very good; 3, good; 4, fair; 5, poor; (add 6 for
junk), this '64 'Vette survivor was before incident in high #2 very
good condition (could be shown at some smaller concours)
and now (following incident) is in low #3 good or #4 fair
condition WITH tremendous hidden damage to entire rear clip
of car that is not entirely visible from top of car (discussed
Fiberglass requires careful inspection - appraiser
found even and on-direction striations on entire underside
EXCEPT for the reworking of the now-removed flared wheel
arches. Reworking fiberglass is a true nightmare since every
spliced-in section is visible from underneath AND paint never
takes and cools at the same rate on different pieces of
fiberglass. Therefore, a paint job in original colors on different
pieces of fiberglass comes out differently.
Tremendous damage is now apparent on entire rear clip.
Appraiser believes a huge complete side-to-side crack
will appear in the future. This is the widest area of the rear of
the car from left rear wheel top to right wheel top area. There
are two impact points, one on left side (not too apparent) and
one on right side (very apparent where gouge and paint is
gone). Whoever tied the card down for transit did an incorrect
job and this vehicle slid back and forth for a very long time.
Appraiser feels it literally slammed slowly right and then left,
time after time after time. This stress crack will spell the
demise of the car in the future (e.g. possible while traveling, it
will open up completely).
Repairs to this car would entail the entire rear end clip of the
car being removed and replaced. Sadly, the value of this car
would be ruined since the underside striations of fiberglass
would never match the front originals and it would be obvious
damage from underside inspection. To do an entire clip and
paint job might cost up to $20,000.
Painting fiberglass, like repairs to Fiberglas, are completely
different from metal. Bright color such as red, yellow, orange,
white and silver cannot be matched or patched. Fiberglass has
its own fading properties to paint and appraiser has never
seen a bright color patched up that is acceptable; hence,
appraiser feels this whole car will have to be painted again.
Any attempts to patch or feather in a close color would stick out
like a sore thumb.
Good overall high #2 very good condition but
with WRONG black vinyl attached. This was popular with
owners to update the car but is incorrect for 1964. Should be
redone to match paint that goes on car.
Overall high #2 very good condition; fine
appearance that might show in some places. Dash instruments
are correct for 1964 and all instruments work as they should
including the clock.
condition - could show at some events. Very good wiring (high
#2); cooling system in #1 order. Carburetor breather not
correct, same distributor and some clamps (if you are super
fussy). Overall, #2 high.
Very good high #2 condition except for
overpaint on rear muffler (right side). New suspension and
Extensive damage to entire rear clip section
outweighs rest of what was a very good car. Bright color paint
cannot be patched or feathered and will have to be stripped
and redone to be acceptable. Transport carrier is at fault to
incorrect tie down (marks visible on rear end sections) which
resulted in vehicle slamming from left to right repeatedly. Cost
to put this right might be $7,000 or more.
Value before incident:
Diminished value due to rear clip damage:
$15,000 or more.