The Corvette market is smoking hot as we have seen the big bucks and high sale rates for America’s favorite sports car at the auctions. While we’ve seen restomod prices going sky high, it’s also the documented original examples that are garnering a lot of interest from collectors.
Today we took a virtual cruise over to our friends at Corvette Mike in sunny Anaheim, California to check out the inventory of one of the country’s renowned Corvette resellers. With originality on our minds, we came across these three Corvettes that are in need of a new home.
1967 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible with L71 427/435 hp V8
As the final model year for the Midyear (C2) generation, the 1967 Corvette was refined with changes to the body that included redesigned front fender vents and the removal of nearly all badging and script emblems. Even the gas caps were changed from a silver insert to body-color to better blend with the sleek new look. Under the hood, GM offered a number of engine combinations with the 427/435 hp L71 being at the top of the food chain for consumers. That engine featured a solid-lifter camshaft and valvetrain that was topped with three progressively linked Holley carburetors and the trademark triangular air cleaner. A Muncie four-speed manual transmission would put that power on the ground.
Corvette Mike is offering a Marlboro Maroon 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible with a numbers matching 427/435 hp L71 Turbo-Jet V8 engine coupled to a four-speed manual transmission and equipped with side exhaust and bolt-on alloy wheels with redline radial tires. This is an original low-mileage car with just 37,239 miles showing on the odometer.
The big-block 427 wears a black stinger hood stripe and a black convertible soft top and inside the cockpit is a black interior with clear floor mats and a Walnut steering wheel. The Maroon ’67 Corvette has been judged NCRS Top Flight and the 427 engine was deemed original as certified by noted expert Al Grenning. Documentation includes the Protect-o-Plate and restoration receipts. Price: $249,000
1969 Corvette Stingray Coupe with L71 427/435 hp V8
Unveiled in 1968, the third generation got its “Shark” nickname from the Mako Shark II concept which the C3s drew much inspiration. The second-year 1969 model was more refined than the inaugural model as production techniques were perfected and build quality increased. Today, the 1969 Corvette is widely regarded as one of the best ever.
Out was the 327 engine in favor of the 350 V8 and performance enthusiasts could choose between four different big-block powerplants. For the third straight year, the 427/435 hp L71 reigned as the top street-performance engine available from Chevrolet. Only 2,722 L71s were offered which accounts for just 7% of all 1969 Corvettes to have Tri-power V8. Making the car even rarer is that it’s wearing the factory N14 Side Exhaust which came into production midway through the model year.
This ’69 T-Top Coupe is offered in Fathom Green and equipped with the L71 427/435 and mated to an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. Options include the K66 Transistorized Ignition, power brakes, headlight washers, and more. The matching-numbers powertrain has been verified by C3 expert Mark Donnally and it retains an NCRS validated tank sticker. Other documentation includes an NCRS Top Flight award as well as the Owner’s Kit and keys. Price: $135,000
1979 Red 6K Original Mile Coupe
While the first two Corvettes were heavy on performance, it was a super clean little red Corvette from 1979 that caught our eye for our third choice in today’s blog post.
The 1979 Corvette arrived at an interesting time for Chevrolet. The year before, the 1978 Corvette had celebrated both the model’s 25th Anniversary and the first time the Corvette served as the Indy 500 Pace Car. Both events were celebrated with special editions, and many of those special features on the cars were made into options on the 1979 Corvette. With the Corvette riding a new wave of popularity, the 1979 model year would set a record that still stands to this day for the most Corvettes ever produced – 53,807!
This 1979 Corvette offered by Corvette Mike is Red/Red and it features the L48 350/195 ci V8 engine that is mated to an automatic transmission. The car is a literal time machine with just 6,624 miles showing on the odometer. It’s one of the cleanest Corvettes we’ve seen with hardly a spec of dust noticeable on the center dash gauge cluster.
The 1979 Corvette is well documented with a complete owner’s history, documentation, and receipts. The documentation even includes the original Michigan license place from 1979. The Corvette has been judged by the NCRS where it was awarded Top Flight and the prestigious Bowtie award for its unrestored originality. Price: $34,900
To learn more about these highly collectible Corvettes for sale or to view the other collector Corvettes offered by Corvette Mike, visit them online at CorvetteMike.com or give Troy Worrell a call at 714-712-0060 and let them know you found them here on CorvetteBlogger.com!