- Out of the Vault: Original and Unrestored 1967 Corvette’s First Ever Public Appearance to Take Place at Mecum Indianapolis Auction
- Vietnam Hero Keith Richard Litavsky’s Dream Car to Cross the Block on May 20
A stunning vault-find Marina Blue over bright blue 1967 Corvette with the legendary 427/435 horsepower V-8 engine and an M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission headlines Dana Mecum’s 30th Original Spring Classic Auction. Showing a mere 8,533 original miles, this fully documented one-family-owned Corvette has never been judged or shown publicly in its 50-year history and presents as if it left the factory yesterday. This fine machine is scheduled to cross the auction block on Saturday, May 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
Keith Richard Litavsky, the original owner of the Corvette, served fearlessly on the front line in Vietnam, carrying his wounded commanding officer out of a firefight, who would later die in a helicopter crash and leave Litavsky as the only surviving soldier in his unit. After returning from Vietnam decorated with two purple hearts, he went right to Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Illinois, and purchased his dream car—this 1967 Corvette—with money he’d sent home for that purpose. Sadly, Litavsky died before his time of cancer from exposure to Agent Orange on his last mission in Vietnam. But his legacy lives on in the Corvette being offered in Indianapolis by his son Matt, who was given the car just before Litavsky’s untimely death in 1993.
Meticulously cared for in climate-controlled storage, Litavsky never drove it in the rain, refused to park it in the sun and used a damp, soft cloth to clean the always-clean car, which rested in his garage on four carpeted jacks to take pressure off the tires and springs. Still sporting its original drivetrain and components, this incredible machine has been driven a mere 15 miles in the last 15 years in order to maintain its mechanical integrity.
The Corvette is documented with the original window sticker, car shipper, Protect-O-Plate, original radio tag, owner’s manual, original tank sticker still affixed and extensive handwritten maintenance logs that include diaries of its use by Litavsky, including notes on RPM and running condition. This is an unprecedented opportunity for a serious Corvette collector to add a unique, original and unrestored 427/435 horsepower 1967 Corvette to their stable. To read the complete story about this legendary offering, visit https://www.mecum.com/lots/SC0517-283062/1967-chevrolet-corvette-coupe/.