By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85

A RARE collection of 36 classic Corvettes are being restored to their former glory after being hidden away for more than 20 years

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Videographer / Director: Laurentiu Garofeanu

Producer: Daniel Howlett

Editor: Kyle Waters

But the dirt has actually protected the paintwork

The classic American muscle cars were originally won in a competition organised by music channel VH1 and were then sold to German-born graphic artist Peter Maxx.

Some of the cars need seat belts replaced, fluid changed and even the frame removed

Adam Heller, 32, is a real estate broker who co-owns the collection, he said: “We basically have a museum of Corvettes here.

Adam hopes to sell the entire collection to one lucky bidder

“We can go back in time with these cars. We started off by picking up cars from the mid 1970s and now we have one from 1958.

“It’s covered in dust but it’s in very good condition considering its age.”

Prized asset: 1953 Corvette is the most valuable in the collection

The most valuable car in the collection is a 1953 Corvette – one of only 300 ever made.

Chris Mazzilli, a Corvette expert and owner of Dream Cars Consulting on Long Island, USA said: “This particular car will probably be worth around half a million dollars when we are finished restoring it.”

A majority of the cars have been gathering dust for over 20 years

The 49-year-old added: “It’s number 291 of 300 and will be getting a full frame one restoration which means that the body will be removed from the chassis and everything will be refurbished and gone through.”

Some of the classic Corvettes date back to the 1950s

Fortunately the thick layer of dust that has covered the cars for more than 20 years has actually protected the paintwork meaning some of the cars need little in the way of restoration."

Chris added: “I think some of these cars need to be cleaned up and have a fluid change perhaps some of the hoses and belts need to be changed it’s all pretty simple.

A sleek baby blue 1956 Corvette at the Vintage Auto Restoration Garage

“Some of the cars here will probably need more than a years worth of work to get them fully restored and some are going to need two weeks worth of work.

“That’s a big difference.”

A fully restored 1964 Corvette Stingray shines in the sunlight
Garage owner Dave works on a 1955 Corvette - one of only 700 ever made

When the restorations are complete Adam, who lives and works in New York City, will attempt to sell the collection in its entirety to one lucky bidder.

Corvette consultant Chris Mazzilli, 49, poses with a 1969 Corvette Stingray

He added: “We’re putting a substantial amount of money that’s well over six figures into just one of the individual cars.

“I think that by the time we get done on this restoration we will have the most valuable 1953 Corvette in the world.”

Each car has a thick layer of dust on it - but the dirt has actually preserved the paintwork