1975 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Greenwood’ Sportwagon

HIGHLIGHTS


  • One of only two factory Greenwood Corvette Station Wagons in the world
  • Imported by vendor, UK registered and tax and MOT exempt
  • Starts and runs well
  • Running and driving, requiring some restoration

THE APPEAL


Listen up at the back, because this one is really special! Indeed, it’s a car spoken of in hushed tones by Corvette collectors. 

The Greenwood Sportwagon was allegedly developed by John Greenwood so he could go on picnics with his girlfriend.

Renowned Corvette racer John Greenwood of Detroit, well-known for his performance and custom racing models, removed the rear of his girlfriends Corvette and commissioned a Corvette Sportwagon – essentially a US-equivalent to a Reliant Scimitar or a Volvo P1800ES. The bespoke rear end was subsequently offered as a kit by Greenwoods for Corvette owners to convert their own cars, of which between 20 and 25 were sold, making it a very rare thing indeed. 

Today, there are two known survivors. One in the USA and another in a tiny village in Cambridgeshire – which is also the one known to have been built in a 2+2 formation. This is a one-off opportunity and it will not be repeated.

THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • Imported in 2020
  • Built in 1975 and owned by Corvette collectors for all of its life
  • Original handbook
  • UK registration and V5C

The vendor had known about the Sportwagon for years and as a lover of American cars he’d had his eye on it, so when a friend Stateside called him to say it was for sale he leapt at the opportunity. He’s a collector of quirky US models and is offering it for sale once and once only as an expanding business means he probably won’t have time to restore it any time soon – if it doesn’t sell, he’ll put it into storage, but he says he’d love to see it back on the road. 

It is UK-registered on a 1975 ‘N’ plate and comes with a full V5C. However, there is very little in the way of prior invoices or history. 

The vendor is happy for viewings by prior arrangement.

THE INTERIOR


  • Grey suede-effect button fabric
  • Complete and intact
  • Needs some reassembly
  • 2+2 rear seat

This is a car that needs work – of that, make no mistake. But the good news is that it’s all there and what’s not on the car is in a box in the boot – a box that you wouldn’t be able to fit into the boot of a standard C3. It’s almost as if it was built to carry its own parts. 

Starting at the business end, it’s accessed via a glass tailgate (itself bearing the official ‘Greenwoods’ logo) and the load bay isn’t exactly huge (though you should get a drum in there). That’s because this one is a 2+2, the rear seat essentially a pair of small cushions, but it’s there nonetheless. 

The front seats are custom trimmed in a grey suede-effect velour with a button finish, with door cards to match. It’s so kitsch, it’s cool. The fabrics and carpets are in decent order and could easily be brought back to excellent condition, while the dash is all there and functional. Items such as the plastic sill trims and steering wheel boss are in the aforementioned box.

THE EXTERIOR 


  • Complete and free of major damage
  • Requires light restoration
  • Bespoke tailgate and rear panels
  • T-top roof

The rear end of the ‘Vette is the interesting part – two wraparound screens that reach into the roof in line with the T-top, and a bespoke glass tailgate that you won’t want to break as heaven knows where you’ll find another.

Structurally, it’s said to be in good order and the fiberglass body is complete and largely damage-free, the most notable issues being some minor crazing and paint damage to the front corners. There are a couple of smaller nicks to the fibreglass on one rear corner, but there’s nothing scary here. A full repaint will have it looking a million dollars, as it’s in pretty decent condition otherwise and all of the trim is present and correct.

THE MECHANICS 


  • 5.7-litre small block V8
  • Holley carburettor
  • Automatic transmission
  • Runs and drives but will require recovery due to a leaking brake caliper.

The great thing about this car (or one of them) is that although it’s almost unique, you’ll have no trouble at all getting hold of mechanical parts or running gear – it’s essentially a standard C3 Corvette and most bits are available off-the-shelf.

The engine is GM’s venerable small block V8 in 5.7-litre form, and it starts and runs well, engaging drive and reverse. The vendor hasn’t had chance to go over it properly and it’s certainly not ready to be used on the road, but given how good the engine sounds the auguries are good as far as the rest of its mechanical order is concerned. 

SUMMARY


Here is a genuine one-off opportunity to acquire a true collectors’ item. It appears to be a relatively straightforward restoration and is one of only two known surviving Greenwood Sportwagons on the planet.

The vendor is really keen to see it restored and to be seen again on the show circuit, hence why he’s offering it for sale – but it’ll only be offered the once, or he’ll keep it. Don’t be shy – if you want it, buy it!

You can see more of the car here: https://youtu.be/lzHVDTA_Khk

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Chevrolet
  • Model Corvette Wagon
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 50,600 Miles
  • Engine size 5700
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 5 bidders
  • expiipl•••• £11,250 14/08/22
  • prashan•••• £11,000 14/08/22
  • expiipl•••• £10,999 14/08/22
  • prashan•••• £10,750 14/08/22
  • expiipl•••• £10,500 14/08/22
  • prashan•••• £10,250 14/08/22
  • prashan•••• £10,100 14/08/22
  • palmer.•••• £10,000 12/08/22
  • neznoz7•••• £9,900 11/08/22
  • hrbmuld•••• £9,000 07/08/22

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