It’s had one owner and driven just 8,522 miles since new.
In 1963, Chevy introduced the C2 Corvette Sting Ray. It was an icon, building on the already iconic status of the original C1, which hit the market just ten years earlier. In 1967, the C2 ended production, and with it the opportunity to pick one up new before the arrival of the C3.
But don’t be discouraged. After 50 years in storage, a completely original 1967 Corvette "Vault Find" is heading to auction for the first time – and it’s as close to new as you’ll get in a car of this caliber. The Corvette will cross the block next month as part of the Mecum Indianapolis sale.
Under the hood is the same factory 427 V8 producing 435 horsepower (325 kilowatts) you’d find on the car when new. With just one owner to its name, a Vietnam veteran, the iconic Corvette has driven just 8,522 original miles (13,714 kilometers), and just 15 miles (24 kilometers) in the past 15 years.
Its owner reportedly never drove it in the rain, never parked it in the sun, and after his death in 1993, stored the car in a climate-controlled garage. The car has been maintained by his son since then, who says "it may be the very last true 'Vault Find' in the world."
It wears its original Marina Blue exterior finish, a matching blue interior, and a classic set of five-spoke wheels. The car has never been restored in its 50-year history, apart from a new battery and mufflers, and remains in like-new condition, similar to how it might have looked rolling of the factory floor in 1967. It will head to auction on Saturday, May 20, 2017. No estimates are given on how much it might cost, but don't expect it to go for cheap.
Gallery: 1967 Chevy Corvette 'Vault Find'
A stunning vault-find Marina Blue over bright blue 1967 Corvette with the legendary 427/435 horsepower V-8 engine and an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission headlines Dana Mecum’s 30th Original Spring Classic Auction. Showing a mere 8,533 original miles, this fully documented one-family-owned Corvette has never been judged or shown publicly in its 50-year history and presents as if it left the factory yesterday. This fine machine is scheduled to cross the auction block on Saturday, May 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Keith Richard Litavsky, the original owner of the Corvette, served fearlessly on the front line in Vietnam, carrying his wounded commanding officer out of a firefight, who would later die in a helicopter crash and leave Litavsky as the only surviving soldier in his unit. After returning from Vietnam decorated with two purple hearts, he went right to Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Illinois, and purchased his dream car—this 1967 Corvette—with money he’d sent home for that purpose. Sadly, Litavsky died before his time of cancer from exposure to Agent Orange on his last mission in Vietnam. But his legacy lives on in the Corvette being offered in Indianapolis by his son Matt, who was given the car just before Litavsky’s untimely death in 1993.
Meticulously cared for in climate-controlled storage, Litavsky never drove it in the rain, refused to park it in the sun and used a damp, soft cloth to clean the always-clean car, which rested in his garage on four carpeted jacks to take pressure off the tires and springs. Still sporting its original drivetrain and components, this incredible machine has been driven a mere 15 miles in the last 15 years in order to maintain its mechanical integrity.
The Corvette is documented with the original window sticker, car shipper, Protect-O-Plate, original radio tag, owner's manual, original tank sticker still affixed and extensive handwritten maintenance logs that include diaries of its use by Litavsky, including notes on RPM and running condition. This is an unprecedented opportunity for a serious Corvette collector to add a unique, original and unrestored 427/435 horsepower 1967 Corvette to their stable.