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Chevrolet Corvette upgraded to 427/435 specifications
Big Block 427 cubic inch “Tri-Power” 435 horsepower V8 engine
4-speed manual transmission with Positraction rear end
Long list of correct options added
Restored from the ground up
Collection of restoration photos
1967 was a year that would have made a Stingray fan both ecstatic and sad. With the announcement of the new C3 model of the Corvette for 1968, ’67 would be the final year of the beloved Stingray. The Stingray had been applauded in the media for its excellent handling, grip and outright power, becoming a choice street car for many Americans. But Chevrolet had no intent of the Stingray going out with anything but a bang, saving the best for last for this American icon. With 5 years of refinements poured into the Corvette and making it the best iteration so far, Chevrolet decided to give the car its final push in 1967: the 427 Big-Block “Tri-Power” Stingray, complete with a Rochester 3X2 carburetor arrangement good for 435 horsepower and 460lb/ft of torque.
In 2007, the decision was made to restore the Chevrolet Corvette while upgrading it to the larger and more powerful 435 specification. Originally a big block Corvette when it first arrived, complete with the ancillary for the big block motor, the car was prepped for an extensive restoration. In the restoration book you can see the progress of the car, the chassis and body were removed early on and would be separate until the engine and transmission would eventually be remounted into the car. The entire chassis was cleaned and painted in its factory black finish, while hardware that was needed replacing was addressed. The Chevrolet 427 was painted and reinstalled into the chassis along with the 4-speed manual transmission and its Positraction rear end. Once the engine was tested and tuned with the body off of the car, the chassis was then mated to the red body to resume the restoration on the interior. Correct carpeting and leather surfaces were used in the cockpit, with the red on red combination adding a retro flair. With the car now completed, the car would be purchased by Ron Finger, the next owner of this 427-powered roadster.
Ron would own the car for a number of years until it moved onto its most recent owner who would only add a few miles to the total of 2,230 on the odometer today. Upon arriving at Canepa, the Corvette was inspected from front to back. Evident that the car was restored but with so little mileage added since completion, the car showed to be in fantastic condition. When the “Canepa Difference” was employed on the car, underneath was given a thorough cleaning that brought the surfaces back to their restored state. Once finished, the car was given a complete polish, using only foam pads to bring out the shine of the two-tone color paint finish. The interior and engine bay were also cleaned by hand, leaving the restored surfaces in as-new condition.
With the car prepped and polished and ready for its new owner, this ultimate 427/435 Corvette Roadster is sure to stop people in their tracks. With looks to turn heads, comfort for long trips and enough power to snap even a bodybuilder’s neck as they’re thrown into their seat, this Roadster is an excellent opportunity to enjoy and drive a car that put Corvettes on the map for Chevrolet.
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