This car was ordered by Mr. John Hersh at H&K Motor Sales of Continental, Ohio on Jan 10th 1966. John was a mechanical engineering student at the time. It is also further documented that John made an order change on January 17th, 1966 to include the N11 off road exhaust on top of the options as listed below…..
-Code 978 Laguna Blue / STD Black vinyl interior
-L72 427 / 425hp-M21 Close ratio 4 speed transmission
-G81 Positraction 3.08 ratio (more on this later)
-T01 Nylon blackwall 7.75-15 4 ply gold stripe tires
-F41 Special purpose front & rear suspension
-K66 Transistorized ignition (required)
-A02 Soft Ray tinted windshield
-P48 Special cast aluminum wheels (knock offs)
-N36 Telescopic steering shaft
The expected delivery date was to be about 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, the car was not even scheduled yet. Through a contact at the General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan, it was discovered the 3.08 gear ratio with the L72 427 had been suspended. After subsequent communication with that contact at the GM institute, they convinced the Corvette production scheduler the primary reasoning behind ordering the 3.08 gear was for a strong touring vehicle (low RPM at highway speeds). Production was then scheduled and thus produced with the 3.08 gear set.
The car was driven regularly until 1976. After that, the car was pulled off of the road for “maintenance” and John’s life began to take higher priorities (moving, new house, etc.) Road use was on and off though 1991. Between 1991 and 1992, more significant repairs and maintenance were carried out.
John retained all of the registration slips from 1966 through 1992 when the car received it’s Ohio collector plates.
John sold the car in 2012 to Miller Motors in Findlay, Ohio. The car has had 2 private owners between 2012 and now 2021.
The car retains its original Laguna Blue lacquer paint, beautiful unhit body, it’s original interior (with the exception of the headliner, and all original and undisturbed drivetrain. The chassis was removed in 2014 for a complete refurbishment by Corvette Repair of Valley Stream, NY. The frame was refinished, trailering arms properly rebuilt and restored, all suspension bushings replaced and control arms restored (with correct riveted ball joints) and the original drivetrain reinstalled.
Since then, the car was campaigned on the show circuit to receive the following awards….
Bloomington Gold / Gold Certified OEM Engine 2017
Bloomington Gold / Survivor Bronze Certified 2014
NCRS Top Flight (Chapter) 2014, 2017
MCACN Concours Gold Certified 2017
MCACN Triple Diamond Certification 2017
MCACN / David Burroughs Pick Award Winner 2017
The car is documented with the following…..
-Original dealer order form
-Original dealer invoice
-Photocopy of original window sticker (NCRS validated)
-Original Request to Change Order form (dated 1/17/66)
-Original Corvette Owners Card
-Original Keys with H&K Motors key fob
-All original judging sheets
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