A benchmark of American automotive history by any measure, the Corvette grew more refined with each model year. The 1965 model year brought about momentous changes with the introduction of Chevy’s big-block engine, as well as disc brakes. Improvements over the next two years culminated with the production of a car regarded by many collectors as the most desirable Corvette ever produced – the 1967 model. Its aggressive lines and sleek profile coupled with sports car engineering and snug touring comforts were without equal in the market.
Manufactured in mid-1967, this Roadster features the 427 cid L71 engine, which produced an astonishing 435 hp. Equipped with a number of desirable options, such as power steering and power windows, this Roadster is one of a few 1967 427/435 hp cars delivered new with the Air Injection Reaction (AIR) smog system (K19), a strong indicator that it was intended for California delivery. A copy of the tank sticker remains with the car, verifying its original options. The dashing Corvette is finished in its original color of Marlboro Maroon, and similarly the interior is upholstered in its original black. Its restoration is understood to date from the early 2000s by a marque specialist in Texas.
Enjoyed by the consignor, this Corvette has spent the past decade in a focused Southern California collection of postwar sports cars, and is poised to deliver thrills that harken back to 1967.