It’s almost as if you climbed into a time machine and journeyed 50 years into the past when you sit in this 1967 Corvette convertible with the coveted 427/435 hp.
It’s that original!
The car has been pampered since new and has covered just 24,000 miles in the half-century since the original owner Bob Olderog ordered it at Bob Eriksen Chevy Center in Milan, Ill.
Now someone will be taking over as caretaker of this time machine at the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis May 16-20. Mecum predicts the car will bring between $400,000 to $500,000 at the auction, and why not?
Among the factory original parts still on the car are the Tuxedo Black paint, black interior, black soft top and matching auxiliary hardtop, rally wheels, and non-DOT blackwall tires, including the spare tire that has never been on the ground. Of course, the 427/435 engine is original, along with the spark plug wires, belts and hoses. Other features include a close-ratio 4-speed transmission, Off Road exhaust, F41 suspension, 4.11 Positraction differential, AM/FM radio, and tinted glass.
In the 50 years since Olderog bought the car and was ironically originally upset to see the red stinger hood that he had not ordered but grew to appreciate, six more owners have combined to keep taking exceptional care of this legendary Corvette.
Such exceptional care, in fact, that it is Bloomington Gold Benchmark Certified (2003), Bloomington Gold Special Collection (2009), and multiple-time NCRS Top Flight winner – the only known black 427/435 convertible to earn Benchmark and Top Flight honors.
By the way, only 3.5 percent (815) of the 22,940 Corvettes produced in 1967 were Tuxedo Black. It’s estimated that 100 coupes and convertibles with the 427/435 option were made, with half believed to be convertibles. Of those, less than 10 are known today to have certified original engines. Mecum says this one is the most original Tuxedo Black two-top convertible 435 hp known.
The original owners – Bob and Connie Olderog – were reunited with the car at Bloomington Gold 2003 by current owner Chris Piscitello, who had bought it in 2002. At that 2003 event, the car became the only black on black 427/435 convertible to win all four awards – Best Photo Album, Survivor and Gold Awards, and Benchmark Certification.
What’s your bid?
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