Hurricane Sandy may have left devastation in the New Jersey area a few years back.
But despite the fact that this 1967 big-block Corvette sat stored for nearly 37 years in a garage just 300 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, Sandy wasn’t able to put a single scratch on this tough Sting Ray.
That turned out to be good news for Daniel and David Schutzbank, who run a small part-time business called Matchbox Classic Garage, Inc., which offers original/GM parts, pre-show prep, and restoration management services for fellow muscle car lovers.
Daniel’s daily searches for muscle car news on the Web actually led to the discovery of this ’67 that wound up having its original L36 engine (427/390 with a single carb), along with the original M21 close-ratio transmission and FA-code 3.70 Positraction rear end.
Best of all, the owner was finally willing to part with it, albeit somewhat reluctantly after having served as caretaker of the Sting Ray for so many years.
When Daniel and his father Harvey first went to look at the car (David was out of town), their intense scrutiny of all the pertinent details proved that it was just as described by the owner.
In fact, the two-owner, accident-free Corvette – which has covered just 38,000 miles during the past 51 years – remains original in every way, as documented by the build sheet found on the top of the gas tank and the Protect-o-Plate.
It seems that the lonely time this Corvette endured in the garage, unable to roar through the streets, actually paid major dividends in helping preserve it. As an article on Hotrod.com points out in a description of the Schutzbanks’ first viewing of the car:
A layer of dust covered the paint on the Vette, possibly keeping the salt air from permeating. There was just one small window in the garage, which helped keep damaging UVs out and kept the paint and vinyl out of harm’s way. And luckily, this particular neighborhood was spared damage from Hurricane Sandy; a storm so severe and devastating to the shore communities that its aftermath is still being rectified five years later. Not a drop of salt water made its way to the owner’s fortified location.
Since the car is still in such factory condition, the Schutzbanks plan to preserve all original finishes, factory markings, and hardware and show the Corvette as a survivor in National Corvette Restorers Society, Bloomington and Muscle Car and Corvette National events.
Check out the article and the full gallery of photos of this 1967 Corvette barn find at www.hotrod.com.