Chris Mazzilli remembers well the day he first saw maybe the greatest barn find in Corvette history. The hair stood up on his arms as he witnessed 36 grime-coated cars dwelling beneath the dim light of a Manhattan parking garage.
That was five years ago, and the cars—some of them banged up from a recent relocation by movers who didn't really have a good idea how to move delicate, fiberglass-bodied classic cars—were coated with the particulate detritus of America's busiest city. Brake dust, train grime, road salt, pigeon crap, and God knows what else had obscured deep reds, bright yellows, and brilliant shades of blue-green. The cars spanned the first four decades of Corvette production and had been sitting in various Manhattan garages for nearly 30 years.
Now, the cars will soon find as many as 36 different homes.