While there’s many ways to build a Corvette, there is something to be said about those cars that are prepared in order to be judged by the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). These cars are not only built to be judged against the toughest criteria set forward in the industry, but also to be enjoyed in as close to their original condition as possible. Recently we came across such a car on YouTube – a ‘69 427 Stingray convertible that’s currently up for sale by Texas Classic Cars of Dallas. Check out it out and even go along for a ride in the Corvette in the video above.
This ’69 Stingray is a joy to see and hear. Packing its original numbers-matching L36 427 CI engine with 4 barrel Rochester carburetion, this bad boy cranks out 390 HP with 460 ft-lbs of torque on deck. Add that to the original Muncie four-speed manual transmission, optional factory-installed side exhaust and convertible top, and we can only imagine what this car would actually be like to drive.
What’s even cooler than the roaring big block under the hood and convertible top, however, is that in order for the Corvette to be NCRS ready, it has been restored with the utmost attention to original specifications in mind.
The front and rear suspension has been rebuilt, the car makes use of its factory four-wheel disc brakes, includes a bright blue interior, and rides on factory 15-inch rally wheels. The Corvette also maintains its trim identification and VIN plates.
With the Duntov Mark of Excellence Award being one of the top NCRS honors that the car could qualify for, the Corvette will have to receive a score of at least 4,365 points out of the available 4,500 points available based on “as manufactured” standards at two separate NCRS events, as well as pass a rigorous performance test on all of the car’s mechanical components in order to get the Duntov designation. Only 885 Corvettes have ever achieved this award.
Other NCRS awards the Stingray could be up for include the Top Flight Award, requiring a score of at least 4,230 points, the Second Flight Award, requiring a score of at least 3,825 points, and the Third Flight Award, requiring a score of at least 3,375 points.
Each award shows degrees of success in restoring and maintaining a Corvette to “as manufactured” standards, with a chassis, interior, exterior, and mechanical judging, as well as an operations check.
Over 18,000 Corvettes have attempted to get their NCRS Top Flight Award to date, with only 13,268 actually taking the award home.
While we can’t say how good this Stingray will do at an NCRS judging, she definitely plays the part of an award winner well. And she could be yours. Texas Classic Cars of Dallas is currently selling the Corvette for $79,900.