1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Stingray Roadster
Sold For $205,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 19 - 20 JANUARY 2012 - Offered on Friday
435 hp, 427 cu. in. ‘Tri-Power’ OHV V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel fully-independent suspension, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"
• L71 427 cid/435 hp motor
• Stunning concours restoration by noted Corvette specialist Kevin Mackay
• Matching-numbers drivetrain with its original tank sticker
• NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner and Triple Crown Award winner
Thanks to the Shelby 427 Cobra and its continued dominance on the racetrack, Chevrolet engineers were forced to counter with a 427 of their own by enlarging the 396 cid V-8 for the 1966 model year. The Mark IV “big block” motor was noted by the appropriate bulge in the hood; over time it became appropriately referred to as “the stinger.” Performance was astounding: 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds, 0 to 100 in 11.2 seconds, 12.8 second quarter-mile time and a 152 mph top speed. Ads proudly announced, “With 427 Cubic Inches, Who Needs Adjectives?”
One year later, Chevrolet’s advertising agency, Campbell-Ewald, cleverly advertised the 1967 Corvette as “A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing” as well as “A Good Second-Hand Car,” referring to the Corvette’s 0-to-60 mph performance against the stop watch. Long considered to be the pinnacle evolution of the iconic Stingray, the 1967 model was the last of the C-2 Corvettes. The styling team of Peter Brock, Bob Veryzer, Tony Lapine, Chuck Pohlman and Larry Shinoda, under the guise of the infamous Bill Mitchell, was responsible for notable refinements such as flat finish rocker panels sans ribbing, a new single backup light mounted above the license plate and distinctive six-inch slotted ‘Rally Wheels.’
Offered for the first time in 1967, the big-block RPO code L71 427 V-8 became available in its most potent form, with three two-barrel carburetors producing an advertised 435 hp. A $437.10 option, only 3,754 Corvettes were so equipped of 22,940 total produced that year.
This spectacular 427/435 roadster, finished as new in its original color of Marlboro Maroon with contrasting black convertible top, black interior and black “stinger,” is the beneficiary of a comprehensive, no-expense-spared body-off restoration by respected Corvette restorer Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair in Valley Stream, New York. Its original matching-numbers drivetrain includes engine, transmission and rear-end. It comes supplied with its original tank sticker verifying factory options including dual side-exhaust pipes, power-assisted brakes, tinted windshield and teak steering wheel, along with the vaunted L71 427 cid/435 hp tri-power engine.
The body was taken down to bare fiberglass and re-built from the ground up. The chassis and all suspension components have been restored to their original condition. It rides on period-correct redline tires fitted to the aforementioned classic Corvette Rally Wheels. All original chassis and factory markings are in place, in addition to factory inspection stickers. Impressive, complete restoration photos and documentation are provided. It has been driven fewer than 100 miles since its remarkable nut-and-bolt restoration completed in 2008.
Attesting to its sensational quality and remarkable authenticity, this magnificent Corvette is the recipient of NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner and Triple Crown awards. Upon close inspection, the astute bidder will recognize that this is a rare opportunity to acquire a worthy addition to any premium Corvette or muscle car collection, as the car can be represented as one of the finest Stingrays extant.