This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette is all original and boasts less than 3000 miles from new. But it would be unwise to drive it, for one big reason...

Judging manuals and historical documentaries can’t portray original smells. Restored examples won’t sound the singular notes and rumbles of original equipment. Modified variants don’t illustrate original textures and finishes. However, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette can.

Heading under the hammer with Mecum Auctions during its Kissimmee 2019 sake, this unrestored Corvette boasts as-new condition, having covered only 2996 miles in 51 years – all driven by the Chevrolet’s one and only owner. While most viewers would agree it appears in amazing condition and to have been barely used, it’s hidden details are not so obvious to the eye.

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Mecum’s listing goes as far to claim that the passenger seat has never been used and luggage has never been carried in the rear compartment. This is as close to time travel back to 1967 as you can physically get. Yet, you can’t drive it – here’s why.

Why the ultimate 1967 Chevrolet Corvette can never be driven

It seems that this 1960s stalwart of automotive Americana is not intended for those to use and tinker with on the weekend. Intended for the passionate vehicular historian, this is an industrial document to be studied and preserved; not a trophy to be claimed.

While other Corvettes fly the flag and demonstrate brute horsepower with tyre-squealing powerslides and racetrack action, Mecum’s lot #F130.1 would be better served to enter steadfast care as a reminder of what a showroom fresh Corvette was really like. Flaws included. Restored examples and renovated Corvettes are devoid of that mantra, often better than original factory specification.

Why the ultimate 1967 Chevrolet Corvette can never be driven

There is no doubt that the Corvette remains aesthetically striking, with hefty clout under your right foot, but what does that mean for collectors? Flawless provenance is certainly present, the Chevrolet trumpeting a number of factory-installed options. Volumes of relevant documents accompany the sale and present a view of conservation activities previously – and successfully – undertaken.

A history box of GM documents, correspondence, photos, and other periodical documents, including a Prove It report, back up the Corvette’s condition.

Why the ultimate 1967 Chevrolet Corvette can never be driven

There are scores of restored 1960s Chevrolet Corvettes out there for those who want to burn rubber, but only a handful of historically original vehicles such as this one. For more than half a century, this desirable machine has been kept in remarkable condition, and it would be a sin to see it dissolve with everyday use.

Up for the challenge? This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette requires a special kind of owner to continue its safekeeping.

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