1959 Chevrolet Corvette Parked for 40 Years Shares Chicken Barn With Tens of Classics

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Derelict classic cars are usually found in barns and backyards. However, some rigs also spend their (unfortunate) retirement years in places like basements and fields. The vehicles you see here are waiting for a second chance in what used to be a chicken barn.
Documented by YouTube's "DontbeWily," the barn is a sad place at first glance. That's mostly because nearly all the vehicles parked here are in poor condition. Some have been sitting for decades, plagued by rust, smashed, and incomplete. And while some may still be salvageable, they're not exactly worth it.

The barn is home to a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from sports cars and pickup trucks to motorcycles and tractors. There aren't many valuable gems to run by, but a handful of cars may be worth checking out. The main highlight of this barn is a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette.

Last on the road in 1984, the C1 has been sitting for a whopping 40 years as of 2024. It's unclear if it's been parked here this entire time, but my best guess is the owner bought it after the car was retired from public roads. Not that it matters, though. This Corvette is in very poor condition and will need a complete restoration to shine again.

While the fiberglass shell hasn't suffered extensive damage, it does appear that this C1 was modified at some point. The slightly flared fenders and the aftermarket hood scoop suggest the convertible was someone's hot rod back in the 1970s. The car is missing some trim, the soft top is ruined, and the interior is complete but in bad shape.

It still has a V8 under the hood, which is good news for cars that have been off the road for so long, but there's no info on whether it's the car's original unit. The Corvette was available with a 283-cubic-inch (4.6-liter) small block in 1959. Chevy offered a carbureted version good for 245 or 270 horsepower and a fuel-injected variant with 250 or 290 horses on tap.

The barn is also home to a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. It's a two-door post car, which isn't as desirable as the Sport Coupe hardtop, but it's still a sought-after classic. A second 1957 Tri-Five, a four-door of the 210 variety, is also parked in there. These Chevys aren't too far gone either, but I doubt they will become more than parts donors if someone saves them.

Other interesting American classics you will see include a Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, a Buick Skylark, and a Pontiac LeMans. If you're into compact pickups, there's also a Mazda-based Ford Courier somewhere in there.

Speaking of trucks, the barn is packed with old Ford and Chevrolet haulers from the 1970s and 1980s. These are usually considered throwaway vehicles but could be sourced for parts. Most of them are still in decent shape. Some of the old tractors, including a Massey Ferguson, could be worth a lot of money to the right people.

Many of these vehicles are for sale, and our host provides contact information in the video's info section. Hit the play button below to check out the vehicle-loaded chicken barn.

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About the author: Ciprian Florea
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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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