Written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen
In real estate, it’s said that just three factors determine the value of any given piece of property: location, location, location.
In the collector car world, the three factors might just be: options, options, options. While factors such as condition and originality weigh heavily in the value of any vintage vehicle, the difference in price between a bare bones example of a specific model and one that’s loaded with options is substantial. All other factors being equal, the more options, the more a collector car’s potential vaule.
At the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, June 17-19 at the all-new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, you will find some of the very best examples of cars with very desirable options, most offered with No Reserve.
Take, for example, this gorgeous Goodwood Green 1967 Corvette 427/400 convertible (Lot #757), which has undergone a full nut-and-bolt restoration of the highest quality. This matching-numbers No Reserve car features a whole host of rare and highly desirable options, starting with the 427ci, 400-horsepower Tri-Power V8 engine, which features three two-barrel carburetors.
Of the 22,940 Corvettes produced during the 1967 model year, the 427/400 engine, known by the code numbers L68, was the rarest option, other than those with limited-availability race-ready engines. Just 2,101 of the L68 427/400 engines were built in 1967, meaning less than 10 percent of Corvettes rolling off the assembly line were so equipped.
The L68 was one of the most powerful 1967 Corvettes, and it was the only Corvette available with air conditioning and three carburetors.
Speaking of air conditioning, it was found on less than 17 percent of all new Corvettes during the 1967 production run. That means locating a Corvette like this one that has both the L68 Tri-Power engine and air conditioning is a special find indeed. Putting the 400 horsepower to the ground is a factory 4-speed manual transmission.
There are additional desirable options to be found on this gorgeous Goodwood Green Corvette. The tan interior seats are trimmed out in genuine leather, an option found on less than 7 percent of all 1967 Corvettes.
Another rare and highly desirable option is the factory side exhaust, which looks good and sounds good, too. Also included are power steering, power brakes, shoulder harnesses and headrest seats.
Last but not least, the lustrous paint is beautifully accented with a white Stinger stripe on the hood that announces to the world that this is a big-block Corvette. Of course, the rumbling exhaust note when you roll down the street announces it, too.
To help verify the way this Corvette was built, the documentation that comes with the sale of this car includes a shipping data report from the National Corvette Restorers Society.
So, if you’re looking for a high-optioned 1967 Corvette, you’ve come to the right place. Finding a Corvette with any of the options on this highly desirable convertible has is a great thing. Finding all of these rare options in one car that has been restored to this standard of excellence is unusual, to say the least. But that’s exactly what we have here, a beautiful Corvette from the most desirable year of production and with all the best options.