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One of only a limited number of big-block roadsters delivered in the special color combination of Sunfire Yellow with a white interior, this Corvette was specified with some of the most desirable performance features General Motors had to offer.
Ordered with the range-topping L71-code 435 bhp engine, four-speed close-ratio gearbox, transistor ignition, dual side exhausts, Posi- Traction axle, vacuum power disc brakes, and F41 special suspension, this Corvette was a formidable competitor and one of the fastest American production cars of its day.
In addition to its impressive selection of high-performance equipment, this Corvette was generously outfitted with convenience options, such as a black vinyl hardtop, whitewall tires, power windows, power headlamps, tinted glass, telescopic steering wheel, shoulder harnesses, speed warning equipment, and headrests.
Thanks to its long list of rare factory options, this was a phenomenally expensive Corvette that carried a sticker price of $5,878.55.
Delivered new to Ray Schellabarger Chevrolet Corp. in Casper, Wyoming, the 427/435 Roadster was sold new to local resident Dr. Louis J. Roussalis. After several years of enjoyable open motoring, Dr. Roussalis sold the Corvette to a fellow Wyoming sports car enthusiast.
In 1988, well-known collector Mal Winer acquired the highly original two-owner car and retained it in his collection for over a decade. The consignor acquired this special Corvette in 2009, and it has since resided in an impressive Southern California collection of low-mileage, original sports cars. In a collection where only the finest unrestored examples make the grade, this highly optioned 427/435 met or surpassed all criteria of rarity, condition, documentation, and authenticity.
In 2012, this wonderfully original Corvette was awarded the prestigious Bloomington Gold SURVIVOR award, confirming that it “remains over 50% unrestored, un-refinished, or unaltered,” with finishes good enough to use as a guide for authentic, factory-original color. Beyond this noteworthy honor, the original tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, and warranty book testify to this car’s remarkable specifications and provenance.
At the time of cataloguing, this 427/435 Roadster displayed less than 40,000 original miles and its marvelous unrestored condition speaks to decades of appreciative stewardship.
Ideally optioned, well documented, and possessing an irreplaceable patina, this big-block roadster is among the finest surviving examples in existence and one of the most exciting C2 Corvettes to appear at auction in many years. For the collector who has been searching for the ideal Corvette Stingray, we encourage serious consideration of this spectacular 427/435 Roadster.