Vintage paint 1964 Corvette L76

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The Corvette wears custom paint applied in the 1970s

With the Spring Nationals Goodguys show in Scottsdale this weekend, here’s a rare piece of custom paintwork from nearly a half-century ago, applied by a well-known Canadian artist.

The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette L76 coupe that was turned into a custom-paint canvas and recently rediscovered by the Elyria, Ohio, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

The car was rediscovered in northern Canada

“From the beautiful back evergreen-covered hills and lush lake-laden land of northern Canada comes this exciting find, a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette L76 365 hp numbers-matching, four-speed Muncie transmission, radio-delete rarity,” the seller says in the ad.

“Originally a rare factory black car with black interior, the custom paint artist, Ken Kay, laid lavishly lavender lacquer paint with hints and clashes of pink, white, blue and black custom schemes of spider webbing, fades and pinstripes,” the ad says. “Painted in the early 1970s, a great example painted by Ken Kay, a Canadian custom car painter. He has quite a reputation for award-winning custom paint and design.”

The Corvette is a 365-horsepower, 4-speed car

The Corvette is something of a rare survivor since the custom paint remained untouched even as tastes changed and evolved over the years. The car was also driven, showing just under 77,000 miles on its odometer.

“This car survived the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s without being repainted,” the seller notes. “All the previous owners knew what we are discovering now, the importance of preserving and protecting a slice of time for posterity.

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“This car survived too cool to uncool.”

The asking price for this unique Corvette is $64,900, which seems reasonable for such an interesting piece of custom-car history.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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