Man drives to Iowa to buy Chevy Corvette but gets sad news

  • This Chevy Corvette hadn’t been driven in over thirty years
  • YouTuber Dennis Collins drove out to Grinnell, Iowa, to fix it
  • Unfortunately he was given some sad news

Published on Jun 24, 2024 at 4:14 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jun 24, 2024 at 6:49 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

One YouTuber’s mission to restore a Chevy Corvette that hadn’t been driven in over thirty years ended with an unfortunate revelation.

Dennis Collins was contacted by a local insurance agent in the town of Grinnell, Iowa.

Collins was informed that a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette had been sitting in a garage undriven since an August day in the early 1990s.

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In the years since, the car’s owner, Gary, had started removing parts of the vehicle in a bid to protect them.

When Collins came to see it, some components including parts of the bumpers and the side exhaust were all sitting on a garage shelf.

Gary was unsure if they were the original parts, but they were on the car when he bought it alongside a 427-cubic-inch engine.

This wasn’t the original GM engine however, it was sourced from a 1969 Ford.

The car isn’t in great condition, but it could be worse.

Because at least the interior is not as bad as it was in Snoop Dogg’s Cadillac.

The backstory of the Chevy Corvette

When first bought, the Corvette was white with a black top, and had a black leather interior.

There were no headrests in the car, as they were an optional purchase back in the 1960s.

Collins and his team got to work bringing the Corvette back to life.

They inflated the tires – impressed that they could still hold air in like they use to – and loaded the car onto a tow truck.

This was the first time it had seen daylight in 31 years.

Whilst Collins is excited to get started working on the car, he encounters an unfortunate bump in the road.

Whilst the owner believed it came with a 427-cubic-inch engine, this wasn’t the case.

The car instead had a small block instead.

This unfortunately meant that there would be no way for the vehicle to be restored to stock specification.

Putting a positive spin on it, Collins still claimed the car was ‘great’ as a restomod.

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Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.