We felt that this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe would be the perfect fit for today’s Survivor feature to accompany yesterday’s 8,500 mile all original ’69 Shelby Mustang GT500. Both American V8 cars have similar back stories of being tucked away after having been driven very few miles, preserving them in the same condition that they left the factory over 40 years prior. Once again, we have no idea how either of these two guys could possibly have been able to store them for so long without driving the snot out of them, but at the same time we are thankful for people like them who possess the self restraint that we apparently don’t come close to having ourselves. Follow with us on the next page as we search for a better understanding of this garage find owner’s background to explain the who and how while we take a closer look at the 2,996 all original Survivor…
In 1966, U.S. Marine Don McNamara retired from the corp and celebrated by treating himself to his first trip to Las Vegas. There, he hit the $5,000 jackpot while playing the slot machines and then proceeded to use his winnings to purchase his dream car, a brand new Ermine White with Red Stinger stripe and red interior 427/390 ‘Vette.
He custom ordered the car complete with 4 speed manual, Positraction, tinted windows, telescopic steering wheel, AM/FM radio, side pipes and bolt on wheels, and then when it came in he further personalized it by replacing the black wall tires with white and blue striped tires.
The car remained with him until he passed away in 2011, having only covered a total of less than 3,000 miles. Those miles were accumulated up until the mid 1980’s, but he told friends and neighbors early on that he no longer had the car as he stored it away under cover after receiving his first year’s insurance and registration renewal fees.
After that he secretly only took it out late at night when nobody would see, the single guilty sin for a man who was never married and never even had a credit card or checking account.
Currently, the car is considered the most well preserved, lowest mileage and best documented ’67 Corvettes in existence, according to Mecum, who is set to auction it in Houston on April 11th. Only 3 people are said to have ever even sat in the driver’s seat and nobody in the passenger. Awesome, or tragedy? We would have to say a combination of both…
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