In 1967, the big-block Corvette was king of the road. Brutally fast, with nimble handling and stopping power to match with four-wheel disc brakes, Corvette truly earned the title “America’s Sports Car.” Yes, it was expensive, but the Corvette was the car for buyers who wanted speed, and for the all-out performance addict, there was the thundering 427-ci V8 in several levels of tune.
In his book Corvettes, 1953 to 1988, Richard Langworth wrote, “The 1967 Stingray is arguably one of the best Corvettes ever built. All the styling clichés had been eliminated…four-wheel disc brakes allowed it to stop as well as go.” Randy Leffingwell also wrote in his book, Corvette: America’s Sports Car, that in 1967, the Corvette “was the best Stingray yet…and all the appearance bells and whistles, trim and shimmer was removed from the car, making it the purest form that the Stingray body ever achieved. Coupled with the possibility of astounding performance from a $437.10 optional 435-horsepower engine, with standard four-wheel disc brakes and new, wider six-inch wheels, it was the best of the best.”
A total of 22,940 Corvettes were produced in 1967, of which 14,436 were convertibles. Of those, 3,754 were equipped with the top RPO L71 Tri-Power V8 engine with three Holley two-barrel carburetors.
In 1967, Hot Rod magazine’s Eric Dahlquist put an L71-powered Corvette through its paces for his in-depth road test, entitled “Hottest ’Vette Yet.” At the dragstrip, Dahlquist managed a 13.80-second quarter-mile times, with a 108-mph trap speed. This blistering straight-line performance was achieved with a set of narrow 7.75-inch bias-ply tires, which erupted into clouds of billowing smoke whenever the clutch was dropped with anything but a closed throttle. Dahlquist also found that the Corvette handled very well, particularly at sustained high speeds, with the considerable mass of the iron block-and-head 427 V8 offset by a set of carefully tuned, higher-rate front springs. In addition, weight distribution was surprisingly balanced, thanks to the set-back engine placement within the Corvette’s relatively short 98-inch wheelbase.
One of only 815 Tuxedo Black 1967 Corvettes built, this matching-numbers, fully documented L71 427/435 Corvette is equipped with a matching black interior and a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission. A former NCRS Top Flight Award winner, the Corvette is offered from the noted private automobile collection of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. Terry Michaelis and Jim Mangione of Pro Team Corvettes previously owned it, and noted Corvette experts have recently confirmed this Corvette’s authenticity and correctness. Offered complete with its Protect-O-Plate and ownership history, this highly documented, award-winning Corvette is a superb example offered from a highly respected collection.