I want this car just because it is exactly like one I had i high school. I would probably do a frame off and look for another more solid body.
question is, what should I offer, or not..? The '65 I rebuilt back in high school was about in this condition so I know what could be involved.
Its a '65 SS 327
never been modified in any way.
most emblems are present
fairly complete car
automatic shifter is present
probably has a title
interior is mostly complete
trunk pan is OK
will probably roll
frame is OK
body is straight other than 1 door and hood
console is missing
needs all 4 quarters replaced if I choose to keep the body
needs entire floor pan
needs a hood
no power train present
is a rust bucket
When I look at something like that I sometimes ask myself "what does this car even offer as value?".
I think a lot of people would replace emblems, maybe taillights, of course the sheet-metal stuff...the interior bits too.
So, is the only value here in the frame, dash & cluster and the glass? Maybe grill/headlights? That's not much.
I presume the bumpers need re-chromed.
I'm not in the 65/66 parts business like others, but I did start with a rust-bucket. I was fortunate (?) enough to only have to do several patches in the trunk and floorpans on mine. (aside from extensive bodywork needed)
I have seen worse. Some would use those parts to fix their projects.
Not all SS cars had a console, it was an option added to the SS package (bucket seats).
Missing a power train is a plus. Work on body first. Once you have removed all rust and have it in build coat primer then buy a crate engine and crate transmission to get it back on the road (don't forget to clean and seal or replace the gas tank first).
I think this one did have a console just by looking at the shifter and carpet. But in its condition who knows what was there.. But back on my first '65 I couldn't find or afford a console (before Google) and it was just fine without one.
If you are planning on restoring it, pass it up, not worth the trouble. You will spend $25-30k and end up with a $10k car.
You are better off spending a little more and finding something that will give you a better start.
If you want it as a part car, I agree with $250-500 cause there is not much there. JMO.
Oh wow, there's even a name for it! I didn't even consider it would be that big of a deal. I look at the body as basically a huge piece of sheet metal to put on my frame.. Otherwise most of the body metal would be coming from Goodmark, or whoever makes replacement panels for this car.. Guess I learned something new.