Malcolm Konner was a prominent Corvette dealer from the 1960s to the early 1980s who claimed to be “The World’s Largest Corvette Dealer” in his newspaper ads.
“Because we sold and serviced so many Corvettes,” Konner’s son RJ Konner told Corvette Magazine, “we were an invaluable resource for Chevrolet. They had a technician or engineer at the dealership 80 percent of the time to troubleshoot and help evaluate problems that came up in the field.
“But my father’s connection with Chevrolet was more than a business relationship,” Konner continues. “The automobile industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 or 30 years, with a steady turnover of people at the car companies, but before that people tended to stay in their jobs, or at least stay with the same company, and that longevity led to lasting relationships. We knew just about everyone at Chevrolet and they knew us, and in many instances we had real friendships with them.”
In fact Malcolm Konner was so beloved by Chevrolet that after he died unexpectedly in 1983, Chevrolet decided to honor him with a special Malcolm Konner edition in 1986.
Only 50 such Konner Corvettes were ever produced. The Konners flew each new owner and one companion to the Bowling Green assembly plant to take delivery of their new Corvette and drive as a rally to Paramus, N.J.
One of the Malcom Konner Edition Corvettes is up for auction on eBay right now with a “Buy it Now” price of $11,500. The auction runs through Monday, March 2nd and closes at 7:35 pm ET.
This one has the correct VIN identifying it as a real Konner edition, and it appears to be in very good shape after nearly 30 years, covering just 17,345 miles during that time.
The seller, who’s owned the car for six years, admits it’s not in museum quality. “However, since I’ve owned it, I’ve given it the best care possible and tried to keep it as original as possible,” he says, noting that it has always been garaged during that time.
The car still has the original 350 V8 motor with automatic transmission, Z51 performance package, air conditioning, power windows, driver’s seat, and mirrors, along with Bose factory radio and leather seats.
“No known mechanical issues,” he says. “Drive it anywhere. Car is mechanically sound. Steering, suspension, exhaust, engine, and transmission are in excellent condition as a low mileage car should be.”
The leather seats have minor wear, but the dash is not cracked and the glass top doesn’t leak. The electronic cash and gauges are in good working order.
The seller says the special two-tone silver beige and black paint is in good shape and he doesn’t recommend a new paint job “since the paint has shine” with “plenty of life left” on it. He’s tried to capture the minor nicks and scratches in the pictures.
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