Last month, Leake Auction Co. had secured the Tom Falbo Collection of more than 100 cars which will be offered at no reserve at its sale February 20, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Included in those 100 cars are 40 classic Corvette which Leake hired Roy Sinor, a well known National Judge Chairman for the National Corvette Restoration Society (NCRS) to examine. Sinor determined that one of those Corvettes, a 1967 convertible in Marlboro Maroon with a white stinger hood and interior, is one of only sixteen L89 Corvettes built that year.
This particular one, VIN 194677S121397, has a 427 cid, 435-horsepower big-block V8 with only 110 miles showing on the odometer!
Along with that powerful V8, this Corvette also comes equipped with power steering and brakes, an original GM-issued trim tag dated June 21, 1967, has a St. Louis-built convertible body number S8917, trim code 988AA, engine assembly code T0512IU, which designated an L89 engine, and the engine was built May 12, 1967.
Signor was so surprised to discover one of these special Corvettes that he decided to call in two other experts to examine the car and confirm his discovery.
From the Leake Auction Co. listing, below are options and highlights of this extraordinary Corvette:
- 427 CI / 435 HP aluminum head L89 V-8 engine
- Manual 4-speed transmission
- Original GM issued trim tag with Jun 21, 1967 date, St Louis
- Convertible body S8917
- Trim code of 455BE indicating white/black interior, no headrests, no power windows and soft top only
- Paint code of 988AA indicating Marlboro Maroon
- Engine Assembly code of T0512IU on the engine pad indicating a L89 engine assembled May 12th 1967
- VIN derivative on the engine pad is 71213973904351
- 4 bolt main engine block was cast March 31 1967
- A 1967 Corvette convertible with a motor cast in March, machined and assembled in May, placed in a Corvette built in June.
- 1 of 16 L89’S as with the majority of these collector cars there is no GM documentation.
- Roy Sinor, the most recent retired NCRS National Judging Chairman, having served in that capacity for seventeen years and one of eight NCRS members to receive the lifetime achievement award in the 40 plus year history of the organization, inspected the vehicle and has confirmed all of the visible body tags, casting dates and casting numbers appear correct.
- Part of the Falbo collection selling without reserve on Saturday
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