Article Contributed by Steve Burns
Our 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Corvette preview switches generations now to focus on Lot #1010.2, an unrestored, highly awarded 1967 convertible. Big block C2’s are no strangers to the B-J stage. We see numerous finely restored examples cross their brightly lit auction block at each event. What sets this ’67 apart from the others are its low miles, well preserved condition, and multiple judging awards. We’ll watch this roadster cross the auction block on Friday night, January 21st on Speed TV.
The 1967 model year was the final chapter for the 2nd generation Corvette body style as 1968 would usher in the “shark” generation. GM produced 27,720 Corvettes that year at the St. Louis assembly plant. Of those, 3,464 were painted in Marlboro Maroon. Seven different engine options were available that year and 3,754 people left the dealership with the 435hp L71 rumbling under the hood.
We’ve all heard the phrase “they’re only original once.” This ’67 roadster exemplifies that statement. Original and unrestored with roughly 17,800 miles since new, this Marlboro Maroon 435hp roadster has earned every major Corvette award out there. Accolades include: Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame, Bloomington Gold Certification, Bloomington Gold Survivor and Benchmark, Bloomington Gold Special Collection (twice), multiple NCRS Top Flight awards, NCRS Performance Verification and a Triple Crown Award. All these accolades demonstrate that the car remains virtually in its as-delivered condition. Options include the aforementioned L71, M21 4 Speed, F41 suspension, 3:55 rear gear, and transistor ignition. Original items still on the car include the paint, belts, hoses, and non-DOT tires. Knowledgeable restorers and collectors know just how difficult it is to find a car with all of these factory issued items still in place.
This car last crossed the block at Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction in August of 2010 where it did not sell. Offered at No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson, we can expect this one to get some serious attention and bring top dollar when the gavel falls.
Speed TV will be providing 40 hours of live coverage from Scottsdale beginning on Tuesday the 18th. Checkout the full event and TV schedule.
Stay tuned to CorvetteBlogger.com as we’ll begin highlighting some of the more memorable Corvettes auctioned at 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event in the next couple of days.