A true numbers matching vintage Corvette is a very special and rare automobile that should be recognized for the survivor that it is. However, some folks will go to great lengths to fool people, especially judges, into thinking that their car is the real deal when it’s not. The most common and easiest way to do this is to simply alter the engine stamps to match what would have been on the original engine.
In response to this trend, the experts at Bloomington Gold have announced a new set of Engine Stamp Standards for 2012. The new standards are designed to promote honesty and transparency on behalf of both Corvette owners and judges. With the new standards, as long as the owner is honest about a car that doesn’t have a block with the proper engine stamp, their Corvette can still achieve Bloomington Gold status.
Per the new standards guidelines, “As long as a Corvette scores at least 95% and the engine stamps APPEAR OEM, INCONCLUSIVE, or are Declared NON-OEM by the owner, it can be Gold Certified.” Along with these changes also come even stiffer penalties for engine stamp dishonesty. The new guidelines state, “Although Bloomington Gold’s enhanced Certification Standards are designed to decrease the over-penalization of legitimate replacement engines, it must be clearly understood that the discovery (by an means) of purposeful MISREPRESENTATION of engines or trim/VIN plates will be dealt with swiftly, firmly and ‘creatively’.”
Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? So, just be honest if your Corvette isn’t numbers matching. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to personally find out just how “creative” Bloomington Gold can be in punishing you for lying.