In my world, this is the car. The one that really counts. It was my first collector car and will almost certainly be the last. Growing up in the 60’s, I loved Corvettes. While they weren’t considered muscle cars, they were still just about the coolest thing I had ever seen. Remember the TV show Route 66? I used to watch it all the time and couldn’t get enough of the car.
After living through my practical years raising kids and being responsible, I decided that I wanted a couple of collector cars. When I started the process, I planned on a few special ones, starting with a 1967 427/435 HP Convertible Corvette (as you can tell, this hobby got out of control). I found this one in Florida and flew down to see it. I drove it for a couple years before I decided to update the restoration. Initially, I thought I’d just freshen the paint. Wrong. By the time I was done, it was a full frame off restoration and drastically overdone.
Rather than going with the accepted practice of restoring the Corvette back to it’s original condition including paint voids, drips, etc. I made the decision to over-restore this car and put it in the condition that someone in 1967 could have done if they wanted to do a perfect job. It’s original in all aspects and sits just as it was built back then. While this car would get laughed out of Bloomington Gold because it’s overdone, this is what I wanted – a perfect looking car.