- Frame off restoration
- Original tank sticker
- V14 side-exit exhaust
- 427cid / 435hp V8
- Muncie M21 4-speed
- G81 Posi-Traction rear axle
If you're a muscle car fan, you know that each manufacturer has its holy grail. For Mopar guys, it's the Hemi 'Cuda. For Ford guys, it's the Boss 429. And, for a lot of GM guys, it's the incredible L71 Corvettes like this documented, fully-restored roadster. Better known by its displacement and horsepower numbers, a 427/435 was the fastest, nastiest, most potent sports car money could buy in 1967. Very, very few cars could keep up with it in a straight line and, if the road turned or twisted, the fight was usually over before it even began—the Corvette would simply eat you alive. If the best of the 60s is what you're after, take a closer look at this '67 Corvette roadster.
We'll get started by decoding some of the car's key attributes:
G17: Final Assembly Date – February 17, 1967
Style: 67 467 – 1967 Corvette Convertible
Trim: 414DA – Bright Blue Vinyl interior
Body: S5736 – Saint Louis body #5736
Paint: 976AA – Marina Blue
G81: Posi-Traction rear axle
K66: Transistor ignition
L71: 427cid / 435hp engine
M21: 4-speed close ratio transmission
V14: Side-exit exhaust
N89: Cast aluminum bolt-on wheels
N36: Telescopic steering column
QB1: Redline tires
A01: Tinted glass – all windows
U69: AM/FM radio
U15: Speed warning indicator
Refinished in a correct coat of GM code 976 Marina Blue with a black Stinger stripe, this handsome roadster is a refreshing change from the flood of bright red and black Corvettes typically seen at the big shows. With that said, the car was certainly intended to be a showpiece from the word 'go'. One look at the restoration photos included with its sale proves its rebirth was both thorough and professional. We all know Corvettes can be a challenge to restore correctly and this roadster has all the signs of an expert job, including great panel alignment, good gaps, and no signs of cracks or stress marks in the usual places. The soft glow of the car's two-stage urethane presents well from all angles, accenting a body that manages to hit the “perfectly imperfect” mark that separates a good Corvette restoration from an amateur affair.
Thanks to a renewed dedication to motorsports and a heavy influence from the original Mako Shark concept car, the second generation Corvette benefits from a much more sporty and striking appearance than its predecessor. At the front, a body-width stainless grille sits inside of show worthy stainless trim which is bordered by two bullet-style parking lights and a mirror-like chrome bumper. Above the bumper, a red, white, and black Corvette C2 cross flag emblem rides in front of a 1967-exclusive Stinger hood which has been detailed with chrome trim, a gloss black stripe and black inlayed “427” emblems. Further back, NOS windshield wipers clear factory-tint glass which is framed by bright stainless trim, a pristine chrome driver's mirror and a brand new black top. Below, 1967-exclusive heat extractors hang in front of familiar chrome door handles, dent-free stainless rocker spears and polished V14 side-exit exhaust which are completed by traditional finned heat shields. Behind those side pipes a chrome-trimmed, center-mounted Corvette fuel filler rides above a fresh black and chrome “Corvette Sting Ray” emblem. From the rear view, two centered reverse lamps hang between four traditional Corvette tail lights, a chrome trimmed tag bracket and two pristine razor blade bumpers.
Flip the Stinger hood forward and you'll find one of GM's legendary 435hp 427cid V8s in place. Just 3,754 convertibles received the $437 upgrade which added three Holley two-barrel carburetors and a Winters aluminum intake to the already stout 427. The build stamp shows the engine was assembled at GM's Tonawanda (T) facility on February (02) 3 (03) of 1967 (7). A correct 3904351 casting number corresponds with a January casting date and matching 7111204 partial VIN to further support the originality of the block. From its correctly decaled air cleaner lid to its polished ignition shield and Chevy Orange paint, this mill looks like 1967 all over again. Sleeved plug wires snake across the valve covers, delving in between the ports of correct cast iron exhaust manifolds. At the front, a Harrison radiator cools the big block through GM-branded hoses held in place with correct tower clamps. A belt-driven fan aids the radiator, spinning alongside a date-coded alternator. Along the firewall, a master cylinder pairs with the wiper motor and satin black paint for a final dose of authenticity. All of these elements add up to a bay you'll be proud to show off every chance you get. Turn the key and the big block fires quickly, settling into one of the rowdier stock idles of the era.
Put this C2 on a lift and a rock solid satin black undercarriage comes into view. While clean enough to be shown, the chassis proudly wears its road time. In the center, a trusty Muncie M21 four-speed manual makes quick work of shifts. Housed in a standard 5010 main case, a matching 7S111204 partial VIN and Muncie P (Muncie) 7 (1967) B (February) (02) stamp verify that the transmission is every bit as correct as the engine. At the rear, a date-coded G81 Posi-Traction differential puts the 427's power to the back wheels. Around the drivetrain, a correctly tagged factory suspension remains in place with A-arms and coil springs up front and half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods, and a single transverse leaf spring out back. It's a surprisingly effective formula backed up by manual steering and impressive four-wheel disc brakes that offer plenty of stopping power to offset the 427. At the corners, cast aluminum 'turbine' style wheels offer a period-correct look wrapped in 205/75R15 Coker redline tires.
Swing open the car's lightweight fiberglass doors and you'll find a spectacular GM code 414 Bright Blue vinyl interior which remains stylish enough to adorn most of the OEM offerings at this year's New York International Auto Show. The foam underneath the seat covers has seen just enough low speed boulevard passes to both keep its composure and feel comfortable and the like-new carpet, which is protected by clear rubber floor mats, still features a bright, fade-free sheen. At the front of the car, stylish aircraft-inspired gauges, which appear to be rebuilt originals, look fantastic next to the brushed metal panels on the glove box and center console. At either side, attractive stainless-trimmed door panels hold chrome handles for the doors and windows above perfectly placed armrests. Between the seats, the dash flows into an elegant waterfall design which begins at a continuous motion clock and cascades through a correct AM/FM radio to the base of a chrome shifter. In front of the driver, a nicely restored Corvette Rally wheel bolts to a rare telescopic column. Behind the seats, a fully carpeted storage compartment shows no signs of use at all.
Documentation is crucial to cars like this Corvette and, thankfully, there is plenty of it. The tour starts with an original tank sticker which breaks down all the cars key specifications. From there, an original owners manual and '67 Corvette brochure explains those pieces in vintage GM marketing speak. There are well over 50 restoration pictures included which follow the process from beginning to end as well as a spec sheet that decodes the trim tag and covers important casting numbers and factory options.
L71 Corvettes are about as blue-chip as '60s muscle can get. Despite their relatively plentiful supply and high survival rate, they remain top-notch collectibles and continue to bring strong money year after year. The reason is simple—they're spectacular cars to own and drive. When you show up at an event with a real 427/435, you'll leave with a lot of new friends, and when the time comes to sell, there will always be more buyers than sellers. So, a quick recap: Blue-chip investment, quality restoration, and awesome to drive? What are you waiting for?
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