Gus Grissom’s 1967 Corvette Goes to Auction

This gorgeous 1967 Corvette was delivered in the Fall of 1966 to beloved space hero Lt. Colonel Virgil "Gus" Grissom.

Gus was one of the original seven Astronauts and was the second American to enter space in July of 1961. He was the first American to ever enter space twice when he orbited the Earth several times in 1965 in the "Molly Brown" three-man capsule. He would have been the first human to ever enter space three times. However, he, Roger Chaffee, and Edward White were tragically killed in the Apollo One disaster on January 27, 1967.

Professional body-off-the-frame restoration is documented by photos. Winner of more than twenty awards including NCRS & Corvette Bowling Green award. This is the most historically documented Corvette ever built that is tied directly to the American Space Program.

Documentation includes copy of original title, letter from Chevrolet, letter from Betty Grissom, letter from State of Florida and countless newspaper articles, magazines, biography written by Grissom, photographs, and a copy of NASA audio from Grissom's first space flight, Mercury 4 Liberty Bell 7 patch, etc.

Complete with a 427 CI, 435 Hp Turbo jet with tri-power engine and a 4-speed manual M-21 transmission. The block serial number is 7102849, the casting number is T0922JE, the intake manifold number is 3894374(high performance), the heads are 3904391 (special high performance), exhaust manifold is 3880827 (L), and 3880828 (R ), carbs are R3660A/R3659A, The distributor is 1111258, and the differential is 3:70 posi traction(G81). Other features include: power steering, power windows, and power brakes.

A special audio & visual display and presentation will take place as this priceless Corvette rolls up to the auction block Saturday evening, January 20th, 2007 at the Russo and Steele Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It's truly an event that any car aficionado or fan of our American astronaut heroes won't want to miss.

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  1. Rich says:

    I bought a 1967 Corvette new in 1967. For the life of me I can not find the serial number. Where can I go to get the serial number? I called Chevrolet but their records only go back as far as 1977. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Rich

  2. Larry says:

    Rich, I’m trying to do the exact same thing by finding my special order 1967 Corvette. I would like find it and try to re-purchase. The only thing I have it the delivery date and dealership name where I bought it. Dealership no longer exists. If you know the appx delivery date, you can log into birthdaycalc and get a list of the VIN numbers for that month. I’m at this point now. Since my car was delivered to dealer on November 29th 1966, I have located a list of all Corvettes built during that month. My next step is going to be to sort out model, color package, engine, and equipment until I can develop a short list, so to speak, that match my vehicle. I don’t know yet where to go from there, but there has to be a way. If you’re ahead of Me I would appreaciate any advice you can provide

  3. Byron says:

    My buddy owned this car for many years back in the late 70′s and 80′s, but can’t remember the exact years. It was the original blue with a white stripe and blue interior with flared rear wheels wells. They say they had to flare the rear wheel wells so they could put a set of 50′s under it so they wouldn’t get stuck when they drove them on the beach. We used to cruise Telegraph all the time in it (in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area). It was always a head turner and fast. We always knew the story behind the car but I guess in your late teens early 20′s it was just a cool story. Then he had the flares cut off and the car painted as you see it today. I guess hindsight is 20/20 and that the car should never had been touched but who would have known back then that it would be of such great value? Btw, he sold it for approx $25.000.

    • Bill Connell says:

      It is interesting that you should mention cruising Telegraph Road, along the west side of Detroit. That is where I am, sitting here approving your comment!

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