The 'Last' Corvette

from Volume I, Issue 4

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As one Vette aficionado has said, “Sure they made Corvettes after 1967, but who really cares?”

There’s something to be said for the awesome look of mid-year big-block-powered Corvette Sting Rays.  And if any one example shows its brawn it’s the one affectionately referred to as the “Last” one.

Following is a really cool Corvette story.  But first, here’s our disclaimer; we’re not hardcore Vette gurus that can recite options and production numbers verbatim. So this piece is for general Chevy lovers. Besides, all those hardcore Vette guys and gals out there most likely know this story already as it appears to have, as Mike Chilcote of ProTeam says, “taken on a life all its own.” And he’s right. Anyone remotely into cars knows that collector cars have become, once again, one of the best investments around and that’s not ‘fuzzy math.’ But “The Last Corvette,” as it has become known, is about more than the money.

The 427 scoop and black ‘Stinger’ stripe show that this is no average Corvette. The ‘Stinger’ stripe was used only in 1967. And see how the crossed flags emblem is slightly off kilter on the tip of the ‘Stinger?’ That is another telltale point to authenticate Corvettes as is the width of the outside line of the Stinger.

To be precise, “Last” is a 1967 Corvette Coupe, with a 427-inch, 390 hp Rat motor and 4-speed. It has nondescript Silver Pearl paint with a black Stinger stripe, simple black interior and is optioned with an L-36 427-390-horse engine with one four barrel carb, side-mounted dual exhaust, power steering, factory air, telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, M-21 close ratio transmission, 3.55 Positraction rear axle and red stripe tires. “Last” is fully documented as the last second-generation Corvette built with a big-block and many of the goodies that make a ’67 427 Vette so highly collectable. 

Truth be told, if you saw this car at your local cruise-in, you’d think, clean Vette, and go back to wondering about what you want for dinner. It doesn’t have some of the more sought after goodies such as the desirable Tri-Power three-two-barrel carb setup, potent 435-horsepower motor or one of those visually assaulting paint schemes. But that doesn’t matter. It’s the “Last” tag that makes this one so interesting. It has a couple of nicknames such as Silver Bullet, The Grey Ghost and the more apt Caboose. It was number 186,981 of Corvettes produced at the St. Louis Corvette Assembly Plant by General Motors during the first 15 years of Corvette production. It was built on July 12, 1967 and delivered to Richardson Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, as just another new Corvette with an original -- back in the good old days -- base sticker price of $4388.75. (We’ll pause while you get your breath back.) Heck, the 427 option cost less than half of the A/C option (see sidebar) back then. That was long before anyone realized its significance. That was also before anyone even dreamed collector Corvette prices would easily surpass prime real estate prices.

© 2006 MaxChevy and RacingNetSource

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