1967 Chevrolet Corvette427/390 Coupe
To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.
$ 90,000 - $110,000 US
Model year 1967 was supposed to be the debut year of the new C3 Corvette, but the1967 Corvette ended up being the last in the line of the groundbreaking C2 era. The brand new car had been discovered to have some very undesirable aerodynamic data and Corvette “founding father” Zora Arkus-Duntov demanded more time for wind tunnel testing before the C3 should be released for production. This is quite a statement in regards to the influence which Duntov wielded; even in the 1960s, big car companies bowed to the demands of a few very rare and gifted individuals.
Within this scenario, the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette was refined to the limit. This version is widely regarded by many purists as the best of this five year string of machines. It was forwarded that the 1967 Corvette, car for car, was the best ever built for the money at that point in time. Road & Track magazine was highly impressed with the styling and stated that “…it finally looks the way we thought it should have in the first place. All the funny business – the fake vents, extraneous emblems and simulated something-or-other wheel covers – is gone, and though some consider the basic shape over-styled, it looks more like a finished product now.” Buy one….quick.
Absolutely stunning in Code 900 Tuxedo Black with a black interior and red hood “stinger,” this 1967 Corvette is one of only 815 Corvettes offered (both coupe and convertible) in this model year in this color. Tuxedo Black is the least common (nearly 300 less than the 1,096 in Elkhart Blue) of the ten color offerings from Chevrolet for the Corvette in 1967. All the better, the Vette is one of 3,832 built that received the highly respected L36 427-cid, 390-hp V-8 big-block engine for an additional $200.15 at the time of order. During the 1967 model year, a total of 22,940 Corvettes were produced, including both body styles. Of this figure 8,504 were the stylish and closed coupe, while the additional 14,436 were the equally well-respected and popular (by sales numbers) convertible coupe.
It is reported that this beautiful car has received a high-quality frame-off restoration that has resulted in a Bloomington Silver award and was completely documented as shown in the accompanying photo booklet detailing the repaint and build process. The owner notes that this car runs with its original engine that is now built to produce 470-hp. The engine was rebuilt using performance components from Clevite (rod bearings and main bearings), Isky (roller cam and roller lifters, Melling (oil pump and oil drive), JE (pistons and rings), plus other sources that resulted in the Nogrady Racing-prepped unit costing over $10,000 to rebuild. This includes the charge for testing the big-block on the dynamometer to check and confirm all systems within and in turn producing the desired horsepower. The block (referred to in the documents as the “cylinder case”) has been confirmed as being correct to the car by Classic Car Affirmation Service, LLC of Boonville, New York. The same CCAS, LLC group also provided an Affirmation Certificate that conveys that the trim tag of this 1967 Corvette “satisfies the requirements for legitimacy.” It has been reported that the engine has less than 1,000 miles on it since it was rebuilt and the odometer shows just under 73,000 miles which the owner conveys to be correct to the car.
The drivetrain is reported as correct for the Corvette and includes a four-speed manual transmission and Posi-traction rear end. The manual four-speed gearbox is reported as being rebuilt by Walters Transmission, and it received a Centerforce 11-inch clutch and Centerforce 11-inch disc along with the clutch fork and pivot ball. There are copies of the receipts for this top-notch mechanical work that was executed in California.
This exciting machine is further accompanied by its Chevrolet Motor Division Corvette order copy and the original dealer invoice which confirms this car being ordered with this engine, transmission and rear end package. This document also confirms the desirable optional equipment onboard this special car; this includes C60 factory air conditioning (one of 3,708), A82 headrests (one of 1,762), N36 telescopic steering column (one of 2,415), A01 tinted glass all windows (one of 11,331), U69 AM/FM radio (one of 22,193), N14 side pipe exhausts (one of 4,209), QB1 redline tires (one of 4,230), Rally wheels, power steering, and power four-wheel disc brakes.
The Corvette was originally shipped to Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, New Jersey and had a price listed at $5,815.36. With over $1,300 worth of accessories, it is easy to see that this sports coupe was well-equipped from day one. It would be most difficult to find another sports car of the era that one could so closely tailor to their individual desires; there was a smorgasbord of engines, transmissions, axle ratios and amenities unheard of at the time for this type of transportation.
Another acclaim for this special 1967 Corvette is that it was utilized by the car’s owner, award-winning director Samuel Bayer, in his VMA-winning Justin Timberlake video of “What Goes Around.../...Comes Around” from Timberlake’s second album “Future Sex/Love Sounds” from 2006. Actress Scarlett Johansson plays Timberlake's love interest in the video and she is filmed behind the wheel of the Corvette. The video received the award for Best Direction at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and was also nominated for Video of the Year. The song won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, where it also received a nomination for Record of the Year. Please note that for the spectacular stunt at the end of the music video clip, a duplicate stunt car was built and destroyed, leaving this machine as pristine as at the beginning of its day’s work.
Chevrolet advertising called the 1967 Corvette a “good second hand car” as in the sweeping hand of a stopwatch as the machine is put through its paces. “Show us another luxury sports car – even at twice the price – that can stop a watch the way the Sting Ray can. Go ahead. Tell us. If you can.” Fast, with sporty elegance is always a most favorable way to travel; it is found in abundance with this handsome and rousing 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 Coupe