Here’s yet another highly desirable Corvette that’s been pulled from obscurity. This 8,533 mile 1967 427/435 coupe has never been judged or shown during its 50 year lifetime. It’s being offered by the original owner’s son this weekend at Mecum’s 30th annual Indianapolis auction.
The car was purchased new by Keith Litavsky, a Vietnam veteran. His storied career overseas included surviving a helicopter crash which left him as the only surviving soldier in his unit. While in Vietnam he would send money home in order to save for a Corvette. Upon his return home he promptly bought a Marina Blue 1967 coupe from Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Illinois. The car was equipped with the 427/435hp L71 motor, M21 4-speed transmission, 4.11:1 rear end, F41 suspension, power windows, and off road exhaust. Keith would own the car for 26 years before he passed away in 1993. It’s resided with his son, Matt, for the last 24 years.
Keith was absolutely meticulously in his care for the car. It was always stored in a climate-controlled garage. It was never driven in the rain, and he refused to park it in the sun. He would use a damp, soft cloth to clean the car. When in storage, it rested on 4 carpeted jacks stands to keep weight off of the suspension and tires.
Today, this time capsule Corvette shows just 8,533 miles since new. The car is essentially just as it was when it left St. Louis. It still sports the original paint, interior, tires, and engine. It’s only gone 15 miles in the last 15 years.
The car is documented with its window sticker, the car shipper, Protect-O-Plate, the original radio tag, and owner’s manual. The all-important tank sticker is still on top of the gas tank. The elder Litavsky even kept a log book documenting each time he started the car and how far he went when he drove it
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This amazing Corvette is being offered as Lot S111 at Dana Mecum’s 30th Annual Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis Indiana. It’ll cross Mecum’s red carpet on Saturday, May 19th.
So what’s a Corvette like this worth? That’s hard to compute. Cars like this are nearly impossible to shop. Oddly enough, though, a 3,000 mile 1967 427/390 coupe sold for $750,000 a few years ago. While we don’t think this car will sell quiet that high, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a bids approaching that number this weekend.
Mecum’s Indianapolis auction runs from Wednesday May 16th through Sunday May 21st. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per day. They’ll cost you $30 at the door and online once the auction begins. Children 12 and younger are free. Doors open daily at 8am and vehicle sales begin at 10am. NBC Sports will have 22.5 hours of coverage including 10 live hours. The entire auction can be streamed at Mecum.com.
We’ll be onsite in Indy so keep an eye here for a full wrap up of the event next week including the status the Litavsky 1967 Corvette.
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