Numbers-matching L79 327/350 documented by Al Grenning of CCAS. M21 4-speed. Tank sticker. High-quality repaint, but otherwise mostly original. Superb throughout, runs and drives extremely well. The L79 is still the best-driving Mid-Year Corvette you can own.
This fantastic Rally Red 1967 Corvette coupe was delivered new to West Virginia but spent most of its life in California and was owned for more than 30 years by a well-known old car expert. During that time it was maintained and freshened, but never fully disassembled or restored. As a result, it feels solid, tight, and very authentic. The repaint is better than new, but you can’t argue with the spectacular finish that still looks competitive even after 15 years. There are a few very minor signs of use but nothing significant and certainly nothing that requires attention beyond wiping it off now and then. The car has all its original fiberglass and has never been hit, so doors fit about as well as they should (good, but not perfect, which is GM’s way) and the important details are all in place. The chrome is probably too nice to be original 1967 stuff, but the work there was excellent and they show none of the usual waviness that reworked pieces often exhibit. This sucker is RIGHT.
The interior is a combination of original and replacement parts. During that 2005 freshening, it received new carpets, a replacement molded headliner, and fresh door panels, but the seats are original and were simply re-dyed to help them fit in with the new stuff. Today they show a wonderful patina that you couldn’t re-create if you tried and original upholstery always looks better than the repro stuff anyway. The woodgrained wheel is in excellent shape and all the gauges are fully operational, springing to life when you turn the key. The 71,792 miles are undoubtedly authentic. The clock works properly, the factory AM/FM radio tunes stations loud and clear, and man there’s just nothing like rowing that big chrome shifter for the M21 4-speed underneath. If this car doesn’t make you smile when you drive it, you’re probably not human.
The engine is unquestionably the car’s original, numbers-matching L79, with a partial matching VIN and a correct HT suffix code denoting L79 with a 4-speed. Yes, the LT-1 made a bit more power, but it doesn’t quite match the L79’s docile street manners (remember, the L79 is a hydraulic cam) and ferocious willingness to rev. I mean, drive it like it’s made of glass and it happily trundles along in 4th gear at 1500 RPM, pulling cleanly from low speeds. Drive it like you hate it and it just RIPS through the gears. It’s absolutely fantastic to drive. There’s plenty of low-end torque, so it’s not peaky and if you don’t want to rev it, well, don’t—it doesn’t care. Roll on at 40 MPH and it’ll pull well into triple digits without a hiccup and then idle at 600 RPM, all with a carburetor and points ignition. How awesome is that? And because it is well-tuned, it never gets hot, it offers plenty of oil pressure, and the original 1100693 alternator makes plenty of electricity, even with the oversized L79 pulley. You’ll also find a correct 3892657 block casting, Winters intake manifold, and heavy-duty cooling system.
The Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission is also numbers-matching and original to the car, and it’s a big part of why the L79 feels so profoundly snappy. This car is also joyous to drive because it has manual steering, so there’s nothing to get in the way of the pavement and your palms—if you’re one of those guys who “needs” power steering, well, this might just be too much car for you anyway. Like all ’67 Corvettes, it does have 4-wheel disc brakes with new lines and pads. There’s also a recent exhaust system that uses mandrel bends that may flow a bit better than stock, and new bushings with stock-style shocks were installed at all four corners so it rides and handles right. The rear end is dated 9-6-66 and coded AK, which means 3.36 gears so it’s reasonable on the highway and not at all busy. There’s a full-sized spare tire in the well, although we didn’t drop it down to examine it, and the bolt-on aluminum wheels wear 215/70/15 Michelin radials that look right and work very well.
Documentation is fairly impressive: in addition to the certification from CCAS proving it is not a re-stamp or a forgery, this Corvette also has a semi-legible tank sticker still affixed to the original gas tank, an original owner’s manual, NCRS Shipping Data Report, and lots of receipts and other papers from its long history.
While the 427s get all the glory, this wicked little L79 is every bit as fast, handles better, and remains as docile as your mom’s Impala when you just want to chill. It’s the most fantastic Jekyll-and-Hyde routine I’ve ever seen from a carbureted engine, and it’s virtually indestructible, needling little more than gas and oil to live forever. That means there’s just no reason not to get in and rip it through the gears—it’s what it wants to do, it’s what it does best. What are you waiting for? Call now!
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