NASCARCorvette No. 211

Two Mid-Year Corvettes, ie: Bookends

The search and purchase of the most desirable mid-year Corvettes ever produced...

Number one would be a 1963 Corvette split window coupe equipped with factory fuel injection (327-360 hp) and a 4 speed transmission.

color: Preferred color would be tuxedo black with a red interior, although I would settle for a black interior. I would make absolutely sure that the trim tag and VIN tag were the original and have not been off the car. I might settle for riverside red but prefer black.

condition: I would want to buy a body-off restored car with few excuses or a low mile survivor that is unrestored, unmolested, in at least number two condition.

awards: I would like a car that has been judged by the NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) or Bloomington Gold within the last five years as it adds credibility and helps me sleep better.

price range: I would love to buy the above described tuxedo black examples for $125,000..00 but I am a realist and know that a "real deal" car would more than likely push me to $150,000.00 to $175,000.00.

Number Two would be a 1967 Corvette convertible equipped with a 427-435 hp engine or a 427-400 hp with factory air. I would want a 4 speed transmission with as many options possible. I prefer factory side exhaust but know I can always add (bolt-on) this owner preferred option later.

color: Preferred color would be tuxedo black with a red interior, although I would settle for a black interior. I would absolutely be sure that the trim tag and VIN tag were the original and have not been off the car. I might settle for rally red but prefer black as only 815 Corvettes were painted this color in 1967.

condition: I would want to buy a body-off restored car with few excuses or a low mile survivor that is unrestored, unmolested, in at least number two condition.

awards: I would like a car that has been judged by the NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) or Bloomington Gold within the last five years as it adds credibility and helps me sleep better.

documentation: I would want an original motor car or an original unmolested unrestored car where in documentation would not be necessary. If the car was restored with a restoration motor, I would want as much factory/delivery dealer paperwork (documentation) as possible, at least a tank sticker, window sticker, warranty book/protecto-plate, car shipper, or dealer invoice. At least one of these items would be necessary and the document would be subject to scrutiny by Al Grenning's CCAS for an affirmation of its legitimacy thus reducing the stress of subjectivity and guru options.

price range: I would love to purchase the above described tuxedo black examples for $275,000.00 to $300,000.00 but I am a realist and know that a "real deal" car would move my checkbook closer to $350,000.00 which is still a hard find even in our current lackluster economy. A rally red example would be much less since Chevrolet produced almost three times as many.

The ultimate mid-year bookends! A high performance small block and a big block. One coupe and one convertible... and both black. email your comments to [email protected]

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