They are only original once…
That saying is probably one of the most overused and underappreciated statements you can make about a classic Corvette. Of course, they are only original once, but in a hobby where restored Corvettes are the norm while “over-restored” restomods steal the limelight where ever they go, it’s the unrestored Corvette that grabs our attention as well as those of serious collectors.
These original Corvettes tell a story about their life based on their mileage and condition, whether it’s the patina of worn lacquer paint, the dulled Chevy orange finish on a 427 V8’s engine valve covers, or the unique smell of a 54-year-old Corvette interior as you fall comfortably into the original seats behind the steering wheel.
These cars wear the term “survivor” as a badge of honor and in these days of cars being sold, restored, and resold again, it’s a unique experience to come across a low-mileage unrestored Corvette that has never been publicly offered before.
Our friends at GT Motor Cars in Wallingford, CT have recently come across such a car.
Offered for sale is an unrestored, unmolested 1967 Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe with the 427/435 horsepower L71 big block V8. Finished in Marlboro Maroon with a Black interior, the car has had three previous owners who have put a combined 28,842 miles on the Coupe. The fact these owners treated the car as caretakers should be commended, especially the two subsequent owners who maintained the car beyond expectations and kept all the documentation together over the years.
The original owner of the car had kept it for 28 years before selling it, and its second owner had it for an additional 19 years. The 3rd owner was a collector who owned it for eight years.
Adding to the value and mystique of the car is the fact that it was an original California car, sold to its first owner by Pollard Ravenscroft Chevrolet in Van Nuys. The previous owners hung onto the original California black license plates and even the original dealer license plate frames are still on the car after all these years. As an original California car, it features the K19 AIR smog system that’s still intact to this day.
The tri-power L71 engine has been verified by expert Al Grenning as matching numbers with the VIN and trim tags verified as original. Documentation includes the original warranty book (aka the Protect-O-Plate) along with the owner’s manual and an intact tank sticker. Previous service records, titles, registrations, and insurance cards are included as are photographs of the car from the original owner. Despite its unrestored condition, the Corvette hasn’t been judged by NCRS or Bloomington Gold.
Another interesting feature of the car is a date and series of numbers written in chalk under the hood. J.R. Amantea of GT Motor Cars tells us that in his 30-years of judging Corvettes, he has never seen anything similar. Again, just another part of the story this original Corvette is trying to tell us.
This is a rare unrestored, low mileage, investment-grade 1967 Corvette L71 offered for sale publicly for the first time in its life and it would be the centerpiece of any collection. Contact GT Motor Cars today at 888-204-0440 for more details.
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