Rally Red w/Black interior, L71 427/435hp 4-spd. manual transmission.
Have we mentioned lately that we love a good story? Well, in the case of this very cool ’67, that adage certainly applies!
The owner of this ’67 found it back in ’05. He had just sold his ’69 L88 and was in the market for a new toy. He just wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted. Through a friend, he heard about a ’67 in Jackson, MS. All his friend knew was that it was a Red big block Convertible. Having chased “ghosts” many times in the past, he was skeptical the car would actually materialize. So, he decided to contact the owner and find out. After making contact, he was told two things. First, it was an original Corvette. And second, it was not for sale! The car had been purchased new out of Dumas Milner Chevrolet in Jackson, MS. and he had owned it since ’78. As the conversation progressed, he was told the car was indeed Rally Red w/Black interior with a factory 427 under the hood. But no deal was made that day. As time went on, persistence finally paid off and the owner decided he would sell the ’67. So, arrangements were made to see the car in person. When he arrived, he was met with a big surprise!
The car was indeed a Red 427 Convertible. An L71 to be exact! It was also in pieces! The owner had neglected to mention the little detail of the car being completely disassembled! Upon further inspection it was determined that if the car had not been disassembled, it would have been an awesome N.C.R.S. Bowtie or Survivor candidate!
It was equipped with 4 very important and highly desirable elements. First, it was a Rally Red Convertible with the (ORIGINAL!) L71 427/435hp Tri-Power engine, with an engine pad worthy of its own seminar! Rare factory side exhaust, F41 heavy duty suspension, 3.70 Posi rear end, am/fm radio and both hard and soft tops were huge bonuses. Second, everything was completely original, from the big items like the engine and transmission down to the smaller items like the heavy-duty shocks. Third, it had an un-hit body and rust-free southern frame. And the fourth element was excellent documentation including a very readable Tank Sticker and Protect-O-Plate!
So, a deal was struck, and the “project” was his! Now, a decision had to be made. The new owner had not anticipated that the car was going to be in pieces. But, as luck would have it, the situation turned out to be a far better one than originally thought, in that the car itself was so correct and original! Since the original parts were determined to be in excellent condition, it was decided that the solution would be to embark on a truly unique restoration. Over a 2 1/2-year period, the car would be put back together using all of the original parts.
When doing a “sympathetic” restoration, the devil is in the details. It’s so easy to cut corners, and it’s often what happens, as time, money or both are often the cause. In the case of this particular ’67, the objective was to focus on how this car was actually built back in ’67. Everything was extensively documented. A lot of attention was paid to the small stuff, such as the paint-masking lines being copied on the end of the dash pads where the end tabs had been painted. The original carpet was cleaned and reused, as were other parts of the interior. Paint overspray was applied to the interior door latches. Very little paint was applied to the front door jams and red paint was visible on the inner fenders under the blackout. And the paint runs on the frame were matched. Just like they did it in St. Louis. The typical original parts that you would expect, were used. And some original parts that you wouldn’t expect, like hoses, shocks and tires were also used. The body was re-sprayed in lacquer, applied as closely as possible to the factory techniques that were observed.
The end result of all this time and hard work was a truly unique ’67 L71 Corvette. One that has been rewarded handsomely for the effort, in the form of a Triple Diamond (N.C.R.S. Top Flight, Chevy Vettefest Gold Spinner, Bloomington Gold) Award. Add to that a C.C.A.S. Certified original engine, excellent factory docs and incredible originality.
There are only a handful of fully documented 435’s with factory side exhaust left in the world! This is the real deal, and it separates the men from the boys! Comparatively, it’s the equivalent of a real 427 Shelby Cobra vs. a replica!