One of the most collectible Corvettes ever built is the 1967 427/435 hp convertible.
At the Mecum auction set in Kissimmee Jan. 6-15, the only Tuxedo Black/Bright Blue L71 435 horsepower 1967 Corvette convertible with a blue stinger and side exhaust known to exist will go on the block.
And what a Corvette this is!
The car has been driven just 35,426 original miles over the past 49 years, has a no-hit body, and even comes with the five original blackwall tires that have been carefully preserved.
Documentation is the key to the value of any Corvette, and this one comes with plenty of it, with ownership traced back to the first known owner of record, Jeff Tripp of New Jersey, who paid just $2,850 for the Sting Ray in 1967. (The original owner is apparently unknown, though the NCRS shipping data shows it was sold new at H.O.B. Motors in North Plainfield, N.J.)
Needless to say, after a frame-off restoration in the early 1990s, the Sting Ray has since earned Bloomington Gold Certification and numerous NCRS Top Flight Awards, never scoring any lower than 98.8 percent in judging. In fact, after being restored, the car was displayed at Bloomington Gold in 1992 for the 1967 Corvette’s “Silver Salute” and earned its first Top Flight award at an NCRS meet in 1994.
The owners have done extensive research and concluded that the car is one of just four Tuxedo Black/Bright Blue 1967 Corvettes of any configuration, and the only one with side exhaust.
The car has the rare L71 engine, with three Holley two-barrel carburetors atop an aluminum intake, a solid-lifter cam, transistor ignition, and 11.0:1 compression, along with a 4-speed manual transmission and 4.11:1 rear end. Most impressively, the car is original as it comes, with the engine never having been disassembled!
Other options include A02 Soft Ray-tinted windshield, A82 headrests, power windows, AM/FM radio, black soft top, and Rally wheels with Goodyear Blue Streak Speedway tires.
The original trim tag confirms the Tuxedo Black exterior and the Bright Blue interior. Also included is a portion of the original tank sticker on the original gas tank that was preserved during the 1990s restoration.
We can’t wait to see what this rare, documented, immaculate Corvette will bring at auction. Prospective buyers, bring your bank vault, that’s for sure!
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