The second-generation Chevy Corvette, known as the Mid Years or C2, encompassed the 1963 to 1967 model years. The Mid Years saw the Corvette transition from a solid-axle, basic sporty car into a legitimate sports car capable of taking on anything the European manufacturers had to offer. For the first time, the Corvette could be had in either coupe or convertible. The transverse leaf-spring independent rear suspension meant a quantum leap forward in handling compared to the previous generation. Available interior amenities included air conditioning, leather seats, and power windows. Beginning with the 1965 model year, four-wheel disc brakes were standard, and Big Block power was available in the form of the 396 cubic-inch Mark IV engine that made 425 horsepower.
The final year of the Mid Year Chevy Corvette brought a handful of performance and styling changes. The previously stainless rocker trim was painted black, and the three large fender gills morphed into five smaller ones with a forward slant. Some of the exterior trim was eliminated, resulting in a cleaner look. A reverse light, previously added to the brake lights as part of the Comfort and Convenience package, was added above the license plate. Five-slot silver-painted steel wheels with trim rings and center caps replaced the steel wheel/hubcap combo. Previously available knock-off wheels were replaced by similarly styled wheels with traditional lug nuts and a decorative center cap. The passenger handhold above the glovebox was eliminated, and the seats were redesigned. The parking brake, previously located under the right side of the dash, was moved to the console between the seats.
Small Block engine options for the 1967 Chevy Corvette were largely carried over, with 300- or 350-horsepower options. The Big Block that had grown to 427 cubic inches the year before could be had in 390, 400, or 435 horsepower. Also available for the first time was the L88 427. Intended for competition, the L88 was laughingly underrated at 430 horses, when a bit of tuning and a set of headers would net you closer to 550-600 horsepower. Big Block Corvettes came with a redesigned hood with a “stinger” power bulge painted in contrasting colors.
Our feature 1967 Chevy Corvette coupe has been treated to a superlative body-off restoration that resulted in multiple National Corvette Restorers Society Top Flight wins. It is finished in Ermine White with a Tuxedo Black stinger over a Saddle leather interior. The 435-horsepower Big Block coupe is equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, telescopic steering, and factory side exhaust. It is a radio delete car (probably couldn’t hear it over the side pipes anyway), which eliminated the need for ignition shielding. The sale includes the Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual, NCRS-validated tank sticker and window sticker.
This Chevy Corvette Sold will soon cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Dallas, Texas event taking place September 20th through the 23rd.