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Why Is This Split-Window ‘Vette Rotting Away in D.C.?

We will never know how many rare, unique, valuable, or just plain old cool cars have been left abandoned in fields and barns across America. It’s especially shameful when these cars are just beyond saving, costing more to bring back then they can ever be worth. But worst than any of that is when these cars are rotting away in plain sight. Were these cars neglected, forgotten, or purposely left to decay?

That’s what we find ourselves asking about this corpse of a 1963 split-window Corvette. Jalopnik came across this husk of a car next to an abandoned building in Washington D.C., and this post raises more questions than answers.

Picture: Justin Hyde

The initial pictures actually stem from a complaint post regarding an abandoned building, the only blighted building still left on the whole block. The roof is collapsing, the windows are boarded up or gone altogether, and this once-grand home is now as much of a husk as the Corvette locked behind the gate. Jalopnik writer Justin Hyde actually went down and snapped some pictures himself of the Corvette, which is definitely a split-window 1963 model (of which just over 10,594 were ever made.)

However, this Corvette is clad in a variety of different parts from different GM vehicles, including 67/68 Camaro taillights and Buick GS fender flares. The front half is red, the back is blue, and its been covered in rust (probably from the collapsing roof beams above.) While a fully restored split-window is worth upwards of $50,000, this car will cost at least that much just to get back on the road. Hyde was unable to get anymore info on the car or the building, and for now it will remain just another automotive mystery.



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