1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray L71
This is it. This is the one you've been looking for. No excuses this time. Step up or go home, but you can't pretend that you want a pedigree Corvette and not want to own this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. The facts: matching-numbers L71 427/435, 4-speed manual transmission, side pipes, NCRS restoration, tank sticker, and it's black-on-black with a red stinger. Time to put up or shut up. This incredible Corvette is restored just the way it should be: not too perfect. NCRS guys are extremely picky about over-restoration, so making your Corvette perfect is a big no-no in that world, and if you want a pedigree car, you'd better forget about the words "flawless" and "perfect." Instead, they seem to have worked overtime to make this car as imperfectly perfect as the factory did it, which means that the Tuxedo Black paint looks great but the bonding strips are still slightly visible and the shine has a perfect period softness to it. The original color was code 983 Goodwood Green, but a correct color change isn't a demerit in the Corvette world and there's not much to complain about with a nasty black 'Vette. The restoration is about 2000 miles old, so there are some extremely minor signs of use, but almost nothing that'll get you dinged at a meet and if you show up in this car at a local even, you're going to be the envy of every guy within a three-mile radius. Beautiful chrome sparkles against the glossy black paint and the red stinger on the hood gives it just the right amount of aggression. The side pipes are correct and you're going to command a great deal of respect with those three little numbers on the hood: 427. The black leather interior matches the trim tag and was restored along with the rest of the car. Fresh hides on the seats have a comfortable look with some minor wear, very much in line with the restoration's age and mileage. New carpets, reproduction door panels, and an excellent woodgrained wheel all help with the inviting look. The gauges were rebuilt when the car was restored and look like new, and only the clock is non-functional, which isn't terribly surprising. A correct AM/FM radio still lives in the center stack and the controls for the heater/defroster move smoothly. There's a black vinyl convertible top that fits well and folds easily, making this a car that you can drive, not merely a trailer queen. The L71 427 with three Holley 2-barrel carburetors and 435 horsepower is a legend. Ignoring the gentleman's agreement to limit horsepower ratings to 425, Chevy zoomed past the rest of the industry with this motor, which is likely under-rated (it's pretty much identical to the 450 horsepower 1966 L72 save for the three deuces). This is the car's original, numbers-matching engine with a matching partial VIN and a JE suffix code, so it's totally legit (remember it comes with a tank sticker to back it up). The engine bay is detailed for show with all the correct hardware, fittings, clamps, and decals, and there are no questionable "upgrades" to spoil the presentation. It's also fitted with a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual gearbox and PosiTraction out back, so it's a blast to drive. The chassis is right but not perfect, and you could clean it up a bit to put it back on the show field, but I suspect you'll be having too much fun behind the wheel to worry too much about absolute perfection. Nevertheless, paint marks, hardware, and finishes are quite correct and the side pipes sound spectacular. Factory aluminum wheels are in excellent condition and carry 205/70/15 Michelin radials that obviously were meant for driving. If you've wanted one, here it is. They don't show up very often and there are hundreds of fakes running around. This one checks out in every way that matters and includes all the upgrades you ever wanted. Call today!