Wednesday, February 07, 2018

unrestored 8,533 original mile 427/435hp M21 67 Corvette was originally bought by a guy returning from Army duty in Nam, and kept stored most of it's 50 years.... and sold by his kids to share the $675,000 inheritance

Original unrestored condition from top to bottom with exception of battery and mufflers
Ordered new and delivered to Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Illinois, on December 23, 1966
Recognized as a future collector car amidst rumors that Corvette production would cease
Never judged or shown publicly in its 50-year history
Meticulously cared for in climate-controlled storage
Driven a mere 15 miles in the last 15 years
Documented with the original window sticker, car shipper, Protect-O-Plate, original radio tag, owner's manual and extensive handwritten maintenance logs
The original tank sticker is still affixed
4.11 Positraction differential F41 Special suspension
Original Marina Blue paint and Bright Blue interior
Power windows and tinted glass
Telescopic column, speed warning
AM/FM radio, Rally wheels
Retains all five of its original non-DOT redline tires

Keith loved Corvettes, and when he went to fight in Vietnam, he made himself a deal: If he got back alive, he’d buy himself his dream car. So he banked his combat pay, and when he did come home, the marina blue Stingray awaited him.

He served fearlessly on the front line in Vietnam. While there, his unit was dropped in the jungle where the chemical Agent Orange was applied the day before. He was wounded several times. One time, he was hit by a grenade blast that left shrapnel in his body for the remainder of his life. In another blast, his injury was a severe concussion. With each of these injuries, he was put in the hospital only to be returned to the front line after recovering.

His last mission was the mission that haunted him for the rest of his life. His entire unit, including his commanding officer became engaged in a firefight. He carried his injured commanding officer out of the firefight, because he had been shot. As a result, his commanding officer told him he would nominate him for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Yet he never received the medal because his commander lost his life in a helicopter crash before being able to submit the nomination. That crash left Keith as the only surviving soldier in his unit. He was released with two Purple Hearts, but it was an endless string of tragedies.

After returning from Vietnam, he went right to Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Illinois, and purchased his dream car with money he’d sent home for that purpose. He treated that 427/435 HP 1967 Chevrolet Corvette like a newborn baby. He never drove it in the rain, and he refused to park it in the sun. He used a damp, soft cloth to clean the always-clean car, and its resting place was in his garage on four carpeted jacks to take the pressure off the tires and springs.

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