There probably aren't many Corvette fans who will disagree that 1967was a watershed year for the fiberglass two-seater. With a vast array of engines, an options list as long as your arm, and stunning good looks, there are a lot of reasons to love the last of the C2s. This particular roadster has been beautifully built for show, and will impress onlookers with its awesome combination of finish quality and eye candy.
Originally red with a black interior, this killer roadster now wears a triple black tuxedo whose only purpose is to dazzle onlookers. Since this was never intended to be a matching-numbers concours contender, the guys doing the bodywork were free to upgrade the quality. Forget visible bonding strips and "appropriate" flaws, this one was sanded, filled, adjusted, and tweaked until it was laser straight from front to back. And while some will argue that all Corvettes should be red, C2 roadsters look especially good in black. The shape, the details, everything about the car is emphasized by the deep finish and brilliant shine. That stinger hood is an aftermarket piece, and wasn't available on small block cars anyway, but it completely makes the shape look right.
With the intent being to wow onlookers at shows, the chrome was treated to the best rejuvenation processes available, with no grinding marks and smooth, ripple-free surfaces. The slender bumpers are the perfect complement to the inky black body, and all the correct Corvette badges have been retained. Lenses are new throughout, including the unique-to-1967 single back-up light in the center of the rear panel. The headlights work as they should, the glass appears to be new, and the side pipes are beautifully finished. Someone sweated the details on this one.
Tilt that stinger hood forward and you'll find a dazzling display of chrome and polished aluminum masquerading as a Chevy V8. The engine is a vintage 1980s small block dressed in Chevy Orange with a ton of dress up components, ranging from the low-profile air cleaner to the polished Edelbrock valve covers. The intake has been polished, the alternator, A/C compressor, and their associated bracketry are chrome plated, and even the head bolts have been fitted with polished stainless steel covers. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers will remain bright and shiny virtually forever, as will the braided stainless steel fuel lines. Other chrome details include things like the hood latches and striker plates, the master cylinder, and, of course, the original distributor shield. And you'll be pleased to hear that it runs even better than it looks easy to start, with an aggressive bark from the side pipes, its everything you'd expect from a warmed over small block Chevy.
The transmission is a traditional Muncie M21 4-speed manual driving a set of 3.73 gears out back, and acceleration is explosive. The chassis carries more eye candy to compliment the engine bay, and you'll probably want to find a way to show this one off with mirrors or something, because it's exceptionally nice. The list of chrome components includes the sway bars, oil pan, tie rods, rear chassis links, and transverse spring. Everything else carries a smooth coat of high-gloss black, including the inner fenders and floors. A set of polished stainless steel panels protects the original fiberglass floors, and it appears that even the transmission case was polished before it was installed. Stainless steel brake lines feed standard four wheel disc brakes, but this one wears big 4-piston calipers up front for vastly improved stopping power. Wheels are polished 17-inch Torque Thrust replicas wearing 235/45/17 front and 255/45/17 rear BFGoodrich G-Force Sport radials.
The 100% stock interior has been upgraded to leather, which was optional in 1967. The seats show some use, but no wear, and everything is very well finished. New door panels, carpets and a new dash pad make it look factory fresh, and the gauges have been rebuilt. Factory style eyeball vents have been used for the modern A/C, so there isn't one of those awkward aftermarket boxes hanging underneath. The console is properly finished in brushed aluminum that matches the glove box lid. The clock keeps time, the radio works, and there are no issues with any of the switchgear. Overhead, a new convertible top provides weather protection in an emergency, and a matching black hardtop is included with the car.
As you can imagine, this car was not inexpensive to build, and we have a build book that documents the work, start to finish. We also have the original owner's manual.
With just 700 miles since the build was complete, this car is complete and ready to be driven, shown, and enjoyed. The black finish will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention, but once you pop the hood, you'll be able to sell tickets to eager viewers. Forget matching numbers for a moment and think about pulling this lovely roadster out of your garage the next sunny Saturday afternoon, and listening to those great-sounding side pipes on the road. You couldn't build this car yourself for less than were asking, and it would take years if you tried. Even though the book says all Corvettes are red, some of them just look better in black. Call today.
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