Mecum Auction’s annual Bloomington Gold Corvette Auction is arguably the best place to find your dream corvette. Held at the Pheasant Run Resort on June 24-25th, this year’s auction will roll more than 400 corvettes across the auction’s stage for bidding. Each year enthusiasts and Corvette lovers make the trek to St. Charles, Illinois, to see some of the most beautiful vettes in the country.
2011 will be no exception especially with the recent addition of a rare, highly optioned, 1967 Corvette Stingray coupe (Lot S88). This Corvette represents all the knowledge and experience of Bloomington Gold founder and Corvette expert David Burroughs, who in 1993 completed a five-year restoration of the car for the current owner.
According to Mecum Auctions, “The Silver Pearl coupe was sold new in Evansville, Ind., where it has resided ever since with a series of three owners. It is well equipped with the L68 427/400 HP Tri Power big block engine, transistorized ignition, a 4-speed manual transmission, telescopic steering column, air conditioning, power steering and brakes, power windows, headrests, AM/FM radio and tinted glass.”
The car’s listing on Mecum.com gives the following highlights of the rare ride:
- Very rare, fully optioned 1967 427/400 HP coupe
- Air conditioning
- Power steering, brakes and windows
- Telescopic steering wheel
- 4-speed transmission
- Headrest seats, transistor ignition
- AM/FM radio, tinted glass
- In all likelihood, per M.F. Dobbins 1963-1967 fact book, there were probably only 150-200 Corvettes out of 23,000 produced in 1967 with these options
- Original tank sticker on gas tank confirms all options
- All code numbers, stamping correct per original
- Low actual mileage, all documented with complete owner, local owner history
- 5 year factory correct restoration performed by David Burroughs, all video taped and photo documented
- Period correct Non-DOT Firestone Deluxe Champion Blackwalls
“My trademark has always been that I’m looking for historic perfection, not cosmetic perfection. They’re two different things. I refer to most restorations as ‘novels.’ When you are writing a story to come out the way you want it, that’s different from journalism, in which you report the story as it is, not the way you want it to come out. Most restoration shops do ‘novel’ or cosmetic restorations; my restorations are ‘journalistic.’ That’s the big difference between what this Corvette and the other 99.9 percent of restored cars represent.” Says David Burroughs.