1972 Corvette Convertible Garaged With Just 967 Miles

A man from Pennsylvania who owns an absolute gem of a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible recently had his story chronicled by Hot Rod.

In 1972, 22-year-old Jim Kevan made a trip to Grabiak Chevrolet to place an order for a 1972 Corvette ZR1. Despite having the money for the now-iconic muscle car, one of the owners of the dealership managed to convince him that the ZR1 wasn’t the smartest move, citing its huge power.

Kevan eventually bought into the owner’s resistance and instead ordered a new 454 Corvette. Shortly after purchasing the car, Kevan attempted to purchase insurance but was given a quote of $1,200 a year, a huge figure considering the car itself cost $6,200.

Consequently, the car wasn’t insured and rarely driven.

“All my buddies were saying how could you have a new Corvette sitting in the garage and not drive it? And I said well I had no choice. I couldn’t take a chance. I was in the midst of buying a home. We were getting married and planning a family, and I couldn’t take a chance on driving without insurance, so as much as it killed me, that’s why I ended up putting it in the garage,” Kevan told Hot Rod.

Fast forward to 2017 and the car has just 967 miles under its belt and is almost certainly worth a small fortune.


  • Six_Tymes

    amazing one of a kind

  • EM1

    Needs a wash, a new passenger side mirror and tires. Otherwise, what an awesome find.

    • my2cents

      based on a Google search, it doesn’t look like the passenger side mirror was standard equipment back then.


    • Six_Tymes

      good question, i was wondering the same.


    i thought it was $20.000



  • Bash

    Cool time machine.

  • Blade t

    Full of mice….

  • Shelby GT500

    owners of the dealership managed to convince him that the ZR1 wasn’t the smartest move, citing its huge power

    Strange dealers… In 1972 ZR1 had 350 LT1 engine with 255 bhp and 454 had 270 bhp. And yes, the torque…

  • Vassilis

    So he bought the car without asking beforehand how much insurance would cost? That’s not very clever, is it?

  • Duke Woolworth

    Starting the year before, insurance for muscular cars doubled. I sold them, saw them traded back in when rates went way up. A Plymouth Superbird sat on our showroom floor for months. Finally the owner’s daughter took it for a ride and wrecked it.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Story sounds made up…if it killed him so much to leave it sit, why not take care of it? And you mean in 45 years, you’ve not been able to insure it and drive it a little, and give it some TLC? I mean had it been taken care of by someone who loved it as much as this guy says he did, it would not look like this and end up in a storage unit. I call BS on the whole story. It just doesn’t add up. Why would a dealer talk someone out of buying what was likely a more expensive car? I’d say it’s more likely a “barn find” that Hot Rod made up a story to get press.

    • Arlene

      I believe the story…it looks like something found in a garage out in Pa. After this article I’m sure he got offers to buy it & clean it up. The reason it wasn’t on his priority list was because he got married & had a family, etc and this luxury wasn’t on top of the list…..also, the reason the car dealer talked him out of it was because back in those days salesmen had somewhat of a heart for customers, not like the ruthless selfish sales people of today, who only care about maximizing their commission.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Your comment doesn’t make the story any more believable. It’s clearly a storage rental unit. And I got married at 20 years old and I guarantee you, as a car guy, if I had a car I bought and was not able to drive it due to the cost of insurance at 20 years old BUT kept that car for 45 years….It would not look like this….and I would have it licensed and insured as soon as I was able to, and drive it, family or not. This story is BS. And car salesman are no different now than 45 years ago….looking out for number one. In fact one might argue with modern consumer protection laws, they are far less able to manipulate customers, even though some still do.

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