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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2014 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Over the past few years, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible originally owned by Gus Grissom has bounced between auction houses and owners and has now landed for sale again at Mecum Auctions on Saturday (Jan. 25).
It has participated in several parades at Cape Kennedy where it hosted former Astronauts along with the President of the United States and, not surprisingly, has received wide magazine coverage and won more than 25 trophies, ribbons and awards, including NCRS Top Flight honors. Extensively documented, the Gus Grissom Corvette is more than a highly desirable example of the class of the midyear field; it is a precious artifact from an historic era in 20th century American history.
When Grissom accepted delivery of the Corvette from Jim Rathmann Chevrolet, it was Lynndale blue; the Rally Red paint scheme was applied 25 years ago.

Mecum's auction estimate is $150,000 to $175,000. In 2007, the the Corvette sold for $232,500.

GACspaceguy
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posted 01-20-2014 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the info online for this car it states it came off the production line June 1967. Did Gus order and never see this car?

Cozmosis22
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posted 01-20-2014 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That '67 Vette was likely produced and delivered sometime in 1966.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 01-20-2014 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the auction website:
While no longer in its original color scheme, the Grissom Corvette has received a frame-off restoration and retains its original mechanical configuration that includes...
So, it's entirely possible any component or material that Grissom actually touched is gone or has been painted over.

How far does one have to go before it turns into a "reproduction" that happens to have some original parts?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2014 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
...delivered sometime in 1966.
According to the lot description:
Like his fellow astronauts Grissom was also adventurous on Terra Firma, and in 1967 he took delivery of this L71 427/435 HP Tri-Power convertible from Jim Rathmann Chevrolet in Melbourne, Florida.
I've e-mailed Mecum to inquire if a specific date of delivery is known/documented.

Cozmosis22
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posted 01-20-2014 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to someone who worked at the Cape back then, his little blue Vette was towed away from his personal parking space at the O&C building not long after the pad fire. He was seen driving it in the fall of 1966. Will await verification.

Am sure that Corvette purists don't like the fact that the car was "restored" but painted a different color. Still a great little vehicle with a rather well-documented history.

FullThrottle
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posted 01-20-2014 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FullThrottle   Click Here to Email FullThrottle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any vehicle made on/after July 1st is the next year model. A 1967 car would have to be built between July 1966-June 1967.

The '67 models would have been almost 7 months old at the time of the Apollo 1 fire.

Remember Armstrong's Corvette recently? It was destroyed, fender flares added, nothing original about it and if I recall correctly it brought six figures where the exact same car in the real world with no history would be lucky to get 10% of that.

It's all about "numbers matching vin/engine" and provenance of who owned it. I'm shocked that whoever restored this car would have painted it anything but its original color! It seems anything reproduction parts is accepted, even if not one original bolt actually exists.

The difference is people who purchase these collectables want to drive them, fast, and life and death is on the line once that car turns onto the highway. It weighs over 2 tons and is travelling over 100ft. per second. Once you start replacing old rusty parts where does it end? I personally prefer a rough "survivor" with all of its original parts over a shiny new paint job and all new repros, without any originality left.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2014 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FullThrottle:
Remember Armstrong's Corvette recently? It was destroyed, fender flares added, nothing original about it and if I recall correctly it brought six figures...
In 2012, it attracted $251,638 at auction — but failed to meet its reserve. Instead, it was reported to be heading into a preservation (over restoration) effort.

Cozmosis22
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posted 02-01-2014 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently Gus' nice little convertible sold for a mere $160K this time around. Here's hoping the new owner will cherish it and have it repainted back to it's original color.

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