Produced for the 1963 through 1967 model years, the second-generation Chevy Corvette transitioned from the basic, solid-axle roadster introduced for 1953 into a full-fledged sports car capable of taking on the best Europe had to offer. With an independent rear suspension, numerous drivetrain choices, available air conditioning, leather seats, along with four-wheel disc brakes and Big Block power beginning in 1965, the Corvette was a legitimate polished performer.
The final year of the second-gen Chevy Corvette saw a number of styling and performance changes. It was a cleaner, less adorned look, with black-painted rocker trim, five smaller forward slanting side vents as opposed to the larger trio on the previous year’s Sting Ray. A reverse light was added above the license plate, five-slot steel rally wheels replaced the previous steel wheel and hubcap as standard wheels. The optional knock-off wheels available previously were replaced by similarly styled bolt-on wheels. The parking brake was relocated from under the dash to the right of the steering wheel to the center console just aft of the shifter. The seats were redesigned, and the passenger-side dash handhold above the glovebox was eliminated.
New engine options were available for the 1967 Chevy Corvette. Small Block 327s carried over from 1966, rated at 300 or 350 horsepower. The 427 cube Big Block was available in 390-, 400-, or 435-horsepower ratings. 1967 was the first year for the competition-intended L88 427, grossly underrated at 430 horsepower. The hood bulge for Big Block Corvettes was redesigned as a “stinger” painted in contrasting colors.
22,940 Chevy Corvettes were built for the 1967 model year, 8,504 coupes and 14,436 convertibles. Of those, just four were finished in Tuxedo Black over Bright Blue interiors like our featured 1967 Corvette convertible. Of those four finished in Tuxedo Black over Bright Blue, this is the only example equipped with the 427 cubic-inch, 400-horsepower engine and four-speed manual transmission.
This unusual Chevy Corvette came well equipped with both tops (the soft top is Blue Teal, the hardtop is Tuxedo Black), factory air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes, telescopic steering wheel, and aluminum bolt-on wheels wrapped in Goodyear Blue Streak tires. The odometer shows just 13,754 miles, but no claim was made to verify the mileage.
This 1967 Chevy Corvette convertible has extensive documentation including the original tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual, title search, and a personal letter of authentication from the original owner. It has won numerous awards including Chevy Vettefest Gold Spinner Concours, Chevy Vettefest Top Gun Award, Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown Award, Bloomington Gold Certification, Bloomington Gold Special Collection, National Corvette Restorers Society Top Flight, and a First Place at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance. Judging sheets were also included with the sale.
This unique Chevrolet Corvette Sold for $660,000 inclusive of buyer’s fees at the Mecum Auctions 36th Annual Spring Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana May 12th through the 20th.