One of our favorite features each year at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) are the premier unveilings where owners and restorers get show off their freshly restored rides to the public for the very first time since completion. The 2016 show saw over a dozen reveals including a stunning Silver Pearl on black 1967 427/435 Corvette coupe.
As the doors to the MCACN show opened, people slowly filed into the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Just after 10:30am a small crowd began to gather around the covered C2 sitting on a black Titan 4-post lift. The cover was slowly removed to reveal a stunning, highly optioned 1967 427/435 4-speed coupe with bolt on wheels and side pipes finished in Silver Pearl over black leather interior.
The car was expertly restored by Mike Mancini’s American Muscle Car Restorations in North Kingston, Rhode Island. The finished product is a culmination of 3.5 years of hard work which includes the finding and using of over 1,000 New-Old Stock (NOS) parts. Each part was carefully cataloged and photographed before being installed on the car. Those photos, as well as countless others taken over the course of the restoration, scrolled on a video screen adjacent to the Corvette throughout the weekend. In addition to MCACN attendees, the car’s owner was also seeing it in finished form for the first time as well.
The silver C2 received an over-the-top restoration. The overall goal was to duplicate the car just as it left St. Louis nearly 50 years ago. The paint is real deal old school lacquer. You’ll note it’s not as shiny as some of the cars around it. That’s how GM did it. Parts that were semi-gloss black are semi-gloss black again. Flat black parts are flat black. The oil pan and valve covers are almost a matte orange instead of the high gloss you see on many cars. Complete attention to detail was taken on every piece of this car. The cost of the NOS wheels and tires alone could probably buy you a brand new Malibu.
The car was initially delivered in Canada and found its way to Texas before its current owner found it. It started out as a 48,000 mile, no hit car before the work began. It’s completely documented by the tank sticker and the GM of Canada paperwork as one of the highest optioned cars we’ve ever seen. Some of the creature comforts in addition to the L71 big block are the M21 4-speed, bolt on wheels, side exhaust, power brakes, shoulder harness seat belts, head rests, tinted glass, F41 suspension, AM/FM radio, transistor ignition, power windows, redline tires, and speed minder speedometer among others.
So what’s next for this Corvette? In speaking with the owner he’s not totally sure yet. Generally when you see cars restored to this degree they end up on the Bloomington Gold and NCRS judging circuit. Given this car’s condition, we suspect it’ll end up on the judging field sooner or later.
Until then go ahead and have a seat, buckle in, and check out our photo gallery of this phenomenal Corvette below.
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