Tuxedo Black w/Black interior, L71 427/435hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
Here is a brief background on the 67 435 and what makes it special.
In May of 1967 Chris Rosenberg’s new Corvette was delivered to Benjamin Chevrolet in Brooklyn, New York. Harvey “Chris” Rosenberg (also known as Chris DeMeo) was an understudy of Roy DeMeo of the Gambino crime family (La Cosa Nostra organization). Naturally, the car had to be all Black with the biggest motor and the most noise. Chris’s new car was a Tuxedo Black Coupe with Black interior. It was highly optioned and drew a lot of attention when it was delivered, according to George Copolina who worked at Benjamin Chevrolet at the time. This Corvette had the L71 427ci/435hp motor, factory side exhaust, factory headrests, telescopic steering wheel, M21 4-spd, 4:11 posi-traction rear end, 15″ bolt-on wheels with red-line tires, special F41 suspension, transistor ignition and the very rare J56 heavy duty brakes. Of the 22940 Corvettes built in 1967, only 267 had the J56 “racing brake” option, so this is indeed a very rare car. This car frequented the local drag strips in Long Island and New Jersey.
The car has a detailed ownership chain with notes from each owner and old photos that were most useful to the owner we purchased it from during his restoration.
The car underwent a comprehensive frame-off restoration in 2008 where it was restored to the way it rolled off the St. Louis assembly line. The restorer was so careful as to purchase original GM Lacquer paint to use on the car and used all original parts and no reproductions. This car has gone through the judging system and people that know of collector car judging, know Corvette judging is as strict as it gets! This car has earned the following awards:
Bloomington Gold Award
- NCRS Top Flight Award
- NCRS Performance Verification
- NCRS Zora Arkus-Duntov Mark of Excellence Award Winner in 2010
- National Corvette Museum Invitee
- Delivered new to Benjamin Chevrolet Brooklyn, New York
- Comprehensive restoration by marque Corvette Restoration Shop
- Assembly line parts used throughout restoration
- Restored to a historically accurate look
- J56 Heavy Duty brake car- one of only 267 produced in 1967
- Original M21 4-speed manual transmission
- Original 4.11 Positraction rear end
- Three 2-barrel carburetors
- Rare Tuxedo Black exterior
- Red Stinger
- Black interior
- Side exhaust
- Delco AM-FM radio
- Factory headrests
- Factory Telescopic Steering Wheel Tinted side glass
- Extensive ownership history
Very few Corvettes of any vintage approach the standards set forth by this stunning Bloomington Gold-certified 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe, which reached a milestone in the ranks of Corvette awards when it was judged as Zora Duntov Award worthy at the N.C.R.S. National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in July 2010. The judging score contributed to making this Corvette one of the select few to earn the N.C.R.S. Duntov Mark of Excellence Award. Created in 1985 to honor its namesake, the Duntov Mark of Excellence Award requires the candidate vehicle to score at least 97 of 100 points “based on an original ‘as manufactured’ standard at a National or Regional N.C.R.S. event”. It must also pass a rigorous performance test of all vehicle mechanical components and functions, all of which must operate as those of a new car, without a single failure.” It must then again score a minimum of 97 points at a National NCRS Convention.
The entire process must be completed within a three-year period, a rigorous regime that has made the Duntov Mark, of Excellence recipient pool one of the most exclusive clubs in the Corvette community. It will come as no surprise then to learn that this incredible Sting Ray coupe has also garnered the privilege of being invited by The National Corvette Museum to be displayed in its prestigious “Dealer Showroom” exhibit from September 2011 to September 2012. The appreciation plaque from the National Corvette Museum is among its many awards.
It takes a truly great Corvette to scale such heights, and this one can honestly be said to have had a huge head start. Produced on May 5, 1967, and delivered new to Benjamin Chevrolet in Brooklyn,
It was also on display at the National Corvette Museum in the dealer display area.
It is also believed that this is the only Black ’67 435 with heavy duty brakes that has received the Duntov Award (the award is that hard and the judging is that rigorous to earn).