Corvette folks really love the 1967 Corvette. It was the only year that the C2 could get tri-carburetion, and the only one of the series to get the “Stinger” hood with a contrasting paint color. It also signaled the debut of the mighty race-inspired L88 427, but it’s the L71 427/435 that gets the bulk of attention because it’s powerful, plentiful, and relatively affordable.
Or is it?
These cars have always been near the top of the pecking order of muscle car era vehicles, but something funny has happened along the way: as L88s have gotten crazy expensive (remember this one that sold for $3.5 million?), it has pulled the prices of lesser Corvettes up with it. Even lesser 427s have gone for crazy prices, such as this 427/390 time capsule.
And it’s probably that time capsule and the record L88 sales that has influenced this eBay seller to price his L71 Corvette coupe at $750,000. Yes, it is a low-mileage example with just 35,344 miles and, yes, the only non-original parts on the car besides the paint are the battery, hoses, belts, and tires. But three-quarters of a million dollars? It doesn’t even had the L89 option, which would have added aluminum heads to the L71 427.
So, as it stands, it’s one of 3,754 L71 Corvettes − hardly rare − that’s in “showroom-new,” relatively original shape but nothing exotic like an L88 or a survivor. Has the Corvette hobby come down to this?