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1967 Corvette (427/390 HP) at Mecum Auctions

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Going under the gavel at Mecum Auctions’ event in Houston, Texas, scheduled for April 10-12, is a 1967 Corvette fitted with a factory 427 V8 rated at 390 hp. The ‘Vette is estimated to bring in $500,000, but with the history this particular car has, that might be a bargain.

(See also: 1967 L88 Corvette Sells for $3.2 Million at Mecum Dallas)

According to Mecum Auctions’ website, this 1967 Corvette was bought in the summer of 1966 by Don McNamara, who, at that point, had recently retired from the United States Marine Corps. He purchased said car for a cool $5,000 he won at a single slot machine on a trip to Vegas.


McNamara only drove the car sparingly for a year, after which point he almost exclusively drove it at night. Come the 1980’s, McNamara decided to park it in his garage with just 2,994 miles on the odometer. Upon his passing, the marine willed the car to his neighbors, as he had no surviving kin.

Mr. McNamara was the only person to ever drive it, and one of three to have sat in the driver’s seat. He never washed it with water and it has never been out in the rain. Coupled with the fact that everything on McNamara’s Corvette is original and nothing is restored, you can understand why a $500,000 cap seems low.


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