CHASSIS NO: 194377S122396
• Highly desirable, numbers matching 427/435 “Big Block” engine
• Coveted four-speed manual transmission
• Rare Lynndale Blue color
• Two long-term owners
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427 cid OHV L71 V-8 engine, three Holley twin-choke carburetors, 435 HP at 5,800 RPM, four-speed M21 close-ratio manual transmission, four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes, four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension
In 1963, Chevrolet introduced the second-generation Corvette with the debut of the Sting Ray. Sometimes referred to as a C2, the Corvette was offered in a convertible and, for the first time, a Gran Turismo fastback coupe. Both designs offered unique styling and continued the Corvette tradition of fiberglass bodies. The fastbacks initially featured a split rear window design, a feature that only lasted through the 1963 model year. To say that the Sting Ray's arrival caused a sensation would be grossly understating its impact on the North American sports car market. Indeed, such was its runaway success that the St. Louis factory hired a second shift but still could not build cars fast enough to meet the demand. Richard M. Langworth, author of "The Complete Book of the Corvette" perhaps sums up the impact of the new Stingray: "The Sting Ray hit the American sports car market like a thunderclap, reminiscent of the knock-'em-dead debut of the Jaguar E-Type two years previously; comparisons were not slow to materialize. For the first time in history the Corvette was a sell-out success." Styled in General Motors' Art and Color Studio under Bill Mitchell, the new Corvette featured radical styling pioneered on Mitchell's successful Stingray sports-racer. Beneath the skin was an all-new ladder-frame chassis with independent rear suspension, the adoption of which enabled the center of gravity to be significantly lowered, improving both handling and ride. This new frame was the work of Corvette Chief Engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov who said, "For the first time I have a Corvette which I am proud to use in Europe."
As had been the case with the previous 1956-1962 generation of Corvettes, development of the 1963-1967 C2, commonly referred to as “Mid-Year” Corvettes by collectors and enthusiasts, proceeded slowly, being characterized by annual facelifts and few engineering changes of note. On the latter front, the long-overdue arrival of four-wheel disc brakes was the most significant development for 1965, while Chevrolet's 327-cubic-inch, 250-horsepower standard V-8 was joined by an optional 396 cid Big Block for 1965 only, followed by the now legendary 427 cid in 1966.
In 1967, the Corvette received minor changes. Two of the more notable changes on the car included five functional front fender louvers and the parking brake being relocated to the center console. Many serious enthusiasts feel that the final year offering of the C2 platform was the most refined and best all-around version of this design, and the 435-horsepower, 427-cubic-inch the most powerful and desirable of all C2 Corvettes.
There is nothing like a full-blown big-block powertrain to boost any Corvette aficionado’s heart rate, especially high-quality examples such as this 1967 coupe. This Corvette packs the most powerfully rated regular-production engine ever dropped into a Corvette at that time: a numbers matching L71 427/435 HP big-block, complete with triple Holley two-barrel carburetors on a Winters Foundry aluminum intake manifold, four-bolt main bearings, high-compression and high-flow heads. This Corvette is also equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, power four-wheel disc brakes, rally wheels with Redline tires and a Delco AM/FM radio. The original trim tag reveals the car left the factory in code 977 Lynndale Blue with black stinger stripe and code 418 Teal interior. Lynndale Blue is a relatively rare color, representing just six percent of total Corvette production for 1967. The current owner of this rare Corvette acquired it from a gentleman that had owned it for more than twenty years and has kept it in his collection for another twenty years himself. While caring for it properly and driving it sparingly, neither chose to show the car, making it fresh to the show circuit. It remains a very fast and reliable car that the owner reports is a joy to drive. C2 Corvettes have always been regarded as highly desirable American performance cars, and have earned their status as blue-chip collector cars as well. Enjoy the power and pleasure that driving a big-block Corvette brings to every enthusiast.