In fact, there were about 3,800 L36-code 427/390 cars made that year, too, so hold your gasps and swallow that indignation when we tell you Joe Verrillo
'67 "Blue Sting" restomod from an original 427/435 roadster.
The horror, you say?
Not when you understand that while the car was indeed born with the L71 engine, its originality was destroyed years ago when it was taken on a joy ride by an unauthorized driver.
It had been owned by a prominent professional athlete and the incident occurred during his
tenure with it.
When the car was returned, the original engine and other important components were long gone.
It changed hands a couple of times after that before Verrillo
"The car definitely had a story to go with it," says Verrillo, the owner of Prestige Motor Car Co. - an Albany, New York-area dealership specializing in Corvette sales, service and restoration.
Rather than adapt late-model suspension components to the original frame, Verrillo
builders turned to Street Shop for one of its custom chassis.
The Athens, Alabama-based company's frame is a direct replacement for the '67's C2 frame, incorporating current technology and all-aluminum suspension components - although coilover springs replace the original-type transverse leaf springs.
The Street Shop chassis also incorporates modern rack-and-pinion steering and the engine mounting location is lower than stock, which enhances the car's handling by lowering the center of gravity.
Better still, the frame features the same body mount locations as the C2 frame and also accepts the original fuel tank.
When it came to filling out the frame, Verrillo
used chrome coilovers and a polished rack-and-pinion steering rack while adding a custom stainless steel fuel tank.
"It's amazing," says Verrillo
"Again, the goal was to retain as much of the personality of the 1967 Corvette as possible, so we didn't want to use a shifter on the inside of the car that looked clearly aftermarket," says Verrillo
even adapted a modern electric parking brake for this contemporized classic Vette.
"There are elements from nearly every Corvette generation in this car and we applied them carefully to accent the design or complement the performance without distracting from the overall presence of the mid-year design," says Verrillo
"It's everything you want in a Corvette - the classic, unbeatable styling and sound of a big-block mid-year car with the uncompromising performance that comes with 50 years of technological advances," says Verrillo
"The power is unbelievable and with the all-aluminum engine and lighter-weight front suspension and steering components, the balance of the car is tremendous.
If you've ever driven a big-block mid-year car, you'll feel the difference within the first 20 feet of driving it - and particularly when you hit the brakes.
It's simply thrilling."
Sure, there's one less restored 427/435 car in the world today, but there will be no hand-wringing from us.
masterfully executed Corvette represents the very best of the restomod trend and shows what's possible when building a car isn't driven by date-coded hose clamps or paint daubs on the chassis.