Classics – This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette is a “vault” find [video] image

Back in 1963 Chevrolet premiered the second generation C2 Corvette – the now iconic Sting Ray – which built on the success of the now legendary first generation presented a decade earlier.

In 1967 production of the C2 ended and thus the chance to have a new one. But fret not, it turns out there’s one almost new to be had – going for the first time at auction. 50 years in storage and just one owner – with a mere 8,522 miles since new – this is the calling card of this particular example. This entirely original 1967 Corvette “Vault Find” is going under the hammer, part of the Mecum Indianapolis sale. Under the bonnet sits the factory 427 V8 producing 435 horsepower (325 kilowatts), and the sole owner – a Vietnam veteran – has driven it just 8,522 original miles (13,714 kilometers), and just 15 miles (24 kilometers) in the past 15 years.

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He was very thorough – allegedly never drove it in the rain, never parked it in the sun, and after his death in 1993, the car was stored in a climate-controlled garage. It of course comes with the original Marina Blue exterior finish, a matching blue interior, and a classic set of five-spoke wheels. The car has never been restored, and only got a new battery and mufflers, but looks like new, as if it just left the factory floor in 1967.