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1045J..1967 Corvette "Benchmark" Convertible with two tops, 427-435 hp, 4 speed, numbers matching original motor, also has factory original body/trim tag, seven owner car with 23,800 actual miles. Quad Black! Tuxedo Black paint with Red stinger, Black interior, Black original dated soft top and original non-DOT blackwall tires! Original... unrestored... unmolested in amazing condition! Bloomington Gold Benchmark. Multiple NCRS Top Flight awards, Bloomington Gold Special collection!!! Bloomington Gold Benchmark certification is the ultimate judging standard for unrestored Corvettes. Introduced in 1991, Benchmark certification is Bloomington Gold’s most rigorous judging category. To achieve Bloomington Gold Benchmark status, an unrestored Corvette must attain Gold certification and excel in all four categories of Survivor judging the same weekend. Benchmark certification is for very rare, select Corvettes that represent the ultimate in factory originality and condition. Benchmark Corvettes are the ideal research tool for anyone performing a factory-correct restoration or trying to learn about cars of that vintage and type… hence the name, Benchmark. If originality is of paramount value in the world of collector Corvettes, this 1967 L71 427/435 HP 4-speed convertible handily qualifies as a potential crown jewel in any collection. In addition to being a multiple Bloomington Gold and NCRS award winner, this is the only known Tuxedo Black-on-black 1967 435 HP convertible to earn both Bloomington Gold Benchmark and NCRS Top Flight honors. This car’s indelible originality even extends to items normally replaced as part of the regular maintenance, including original dated F41 shock absorbers, drive belts, hoses, and spark plug wires. At Bloomington Gold 2003, Chris Piscitello (owner #7 for 15 years) reunited the Corvette with original owners Bob and Connie Olderog for the first time in 30 years. David Kolovat was also on hand to meet the Olderogs and thank Bob personally for originally ordering this marvelous piece of Corvette history. The gathering was also treated to watching the car receive Best Photo Album, Survivor and Gold awards, culminating in Benchmark certification – America’s most prestigious Corvette award – making it the only black-on-black 435 HP convertible to win all four. Optioned with transistorized ignition, telescopic steering column, auxiliary hardtop, M-21, 4.11 posi, F-41 special heavy duty suspension, AM/FM radio, tri-power, off road exhaust, tinted glass, rally wheels, and 7.75x15" original non-DOT blackwall tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, clear floor mats, shocks, seat belts, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, braided wires, air cleaner, alternator, distributor, hoses, hose clamps, window glass, valve covers, starter, ball joints, exhaust heat shields, radiator, wheels, gas door assembly, glove box door, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Documented with the dealer invoice, complete owner history, show boards, show awards, (certificates and judging sheets) and NCRS/GM Shipping Data Report. Production date of December 19th, 1966 and delivered new by Bob Eriksen Chevrolet in Milan, IL (dealer code 191 in zone 47) per the official NCRS/GM shipping data records (SDR). Also has an affirmation by CCAS/Al Grenning as to the legitimacy and originality of the engine block, stamp pad, and the engine stamp. The documentation and the show boards with this car will require special packing as it will never fit in the car. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com
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