Ermine White w/White interior, L68 427/400hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
As production on the C2 or mid-year Corvette (as they were known) came to a close in ’67, more options were being offered, making it possible to go from a bare boned muscular beast to a sports-GT! You could almost custom build a Corvette to your exact spec’s. There were no less than six engine options and five transmissions offered this year, along with the usual suspension upgrades. But, there were also numerous (for a sports car) comfort and convenience items to be had. Such as; am/fm radio, power brakes, power steering, power windows, tinted glass, telescopic steering column, speed warning indicator and even headrest seats and shoulder belts. But one of the more unusual and rare options available on a ’67 Corvette was air conditioning. Although a-c was becoming more commonplace during the sixties, it was mostly an item that was typically found on luxury cars like Cadillac and Buick. To see it on a Corvette was an unusual sight indeed. Especially on a big block Corvette! There were only two big blocks available with a-c in ’67. The L36 390hp and the L68 400hp with Tri-Power (three 2bbl carbs). The latter was a rare engine option with only 2,101 units built. But if you added in air conditioning, it became a very rare and desirable set up! Although it’s unknown how just many L68 a-c cars were built, if you figure that only 3,788 Corvettes were built with a-c in ’67 and only 2,101 total L68’s were produced, it would make sense that only a handful were equipped with that option making it one of the rarest Corvettes ever produced! And that leads us to the magnificent example presented here . . .
We’re not saying this magnificent ’67 is “one of one”. But there’s so much about it that’s rare and unusual, it certainly could be . . . ? The factory air conditioning is just one of many items that make it unique. The multitude of options combined with the very rare color combination is something you just don’t see. I know we haven’t seen another one like it! The car has been meticulously frame off restored and features its original, certified by C.C.A.S. L68 427/400hp engine. Additional options include;
M21 close ratio 4-spd transmission
Posi-Traction rear end w/3.08 gear ratio
Telescoping steering column
15″ Bolt-on wheels
Whitewall bias ply tires
Speed warning indicator
Of the 22,940 cars that came off the St. Louis assembly line in ’67, only 2,101 were RPO L68. That figure includes both Coupe and Convertibles combined. Adding in all of this car’s factory options and color combination makes this only of the rarest Corvettes built that year.
The car was formally owned by collector Ray Norvell, former owner of Clippinger Chevrolet. It was frame-off restored by Nabers Bros, but amazingly still sports its original White interior! And it’s in beautiful condition! The ’67 big block was and remains to this day the high-water mark in Corvette styling. There wasn’t a line out of place. This is the Corvette for the discriminating collector who wants the ultimate in beauty and uniqueness. When nothing but the best will do! Stk #5990