Top Flight Award Winner: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

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This 1969 Corvette a special car, as it is an NCRS Top Flight Award winning vehicles. This recognizes that the vehicle is either beautifully preserved or restored, and the photos provided by the owner certainly seem to bear this claim out. The owner also refers to the car as being a blue-chip investment, and with a BIN price of $56,500 or the option to submit an offer, this also appears to be true. Located in Boulder City, Nevada, you will find the Corvette listed for sale here on eBay.

At some point in its life the Corvette has undergone a repaint in its original color of Riverside Gold and judging by the close-up photos provided by the owner, this was a high-quality job. The paint has a wonderful depth and shine, and the overall impression is of a Corvette that is in extremely good condition. The chrome and trim look to be in great condition, and those factory side-pipes give the car a truly menacing and muscular look. The beauty of this car is far more than skin deep. Included in the sale is a huge collection of documentation. This includes the original tank sticker and window sticker, the Wheel Trim Instruction Sheet, the Headlamp Washer Instructions, Spare Tire Car, and the Top Flight Award and Judging Sheets, just to name a few. The folder of documentation is around 3″ thick, and also includes documentation that verifies that the Corvette has covered a genuine 60,000 miles.

There can’t be a much nicer feeling than opening the hood of a Corvette to find a big-block lurking in the engine bay. This is the 427ci L36 engine, which produces 390hp. Backing that engine is a 4-speed close-ratio manual transmission, while power finds its way to the bitumen via a 3.36 Posi rear end. This Corvette is a full, numbers-matching car, and the owner states that it runs and drives perfectly. Add power steering and power brakes to the equation, and you find yourself with a car that should go, stop, and handle.

As you would expect from a Top Flight Corvette, the presentation of the interior is original and immaculate. The Saddle vinyl trim, the carpets, and the dash all are in great condition, with no problems to report. The interior of the Corvette is not weighed down with a lot of optional equipment, and everything that is present is original, and it works perfectly. I think that we’ve all seen our share of Corvettes from this era where the interior trim is looking tired, or where they have been hacked about to fit aftermarket items. Thankfully, this is a car that has managed to avoid these problems, and it is a bit of a time capsule in those respects.

This is just such a nice car, and I know that the chrome bumper cars are a firm favorite amongst C3 fans. This car is in amazing condition, and if past trends are any indicator, this is a car that will do nothing but appreciate in value if the new owner takes good care of it. If you look at the asking price of this Corvette, and you compare it with similar cars, then the price seems to be very competitive. However, if you factor the Top Flight Award into the equation, this is a special car that a lot of people would like to park in their garage. Will that person be you?

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Comments

  1. poseurMember

    gorgeous car in perfect color in & out. love it. gotta say i’m a bit surprised by the price but if it’s truly one of the best examples & sets the curve i guess it’s not too crazy. i’d love to have it but i’d be afraid to drive it for fear of it getting damaged.

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    • DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

      Same.
      With 60K miles, no issues adding a few more each summer, but I’d not be able to keep it this nice with my current setup, and the car deserves it. Even if I had the $, best for me to hope for someone else to buy, preserve, and enjoy it!

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  2. Rock On

    Truly amazing car. I better stop and buy a lottery ticket on the way to work today.

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  3. Joe M

    Nice color combination, and interior. Always liked the 60s colors and designs. This is when they were still trying to sell to the customers, hats off to yesterdays designers.

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  4. mainlymuscle

    Anyone know how tough it is to backdate the front end of my 73 LS5 car to this chrome bumper front end ?
    BTW ,this one is a beaut,and ,at least in this case,the sidepipes add to the look .

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    • MFerrell

      It’s possible, but all of the brackets and frame mounts are different passed the front suspension. The easiest thing would be find a front clip from a Corvette salvage (there are several across the country), then you’d have all of the parts needed and see how it goes together. Then there’s body work, the fiberglass is different, too.

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  5. Greg B Greg BMember

    That’s a nice example with documentation, NCRS Top Flight, nice options (like the side exhausts), and excellent color combo. Power windows would have been nice. How many L36 with 4 speeds were built in 1969?

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  6. Frank Sumatra

    This is as close to perfect as it gets. I consider the price reasonable and it is all upside from there unless there is another Great Recession. Unfortunately it would be tough to keep the miles off this one and probably a huge mistake to drive it. Wow. The question of the day- Drive it and enjoy it or put it on the trailer to NCRS events and Bloomington Gold and get a room full of awards?

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  7. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Back in the late 70’s I was talking with a co-worker that was selling a 69 BBC Couple. Yeah it was a BBC but in those days it wasn’t easy to find one for sale, gas had been cheap and power ruled the road. It also was a 427 4 speed, no luggage rack. Thought we had a deal right up to the day he spun a bearing in it, then it went into his garage and he wouldn’t discuss selling it after that. The engine had been breathed on for the drag strip (actually a whole lot) and being he said he had to tear it down he might as well lower the compression and keep it. He was originally talking selling it due to the antics of a relatively new group called OPEC, gas had jumped from around 40 cents a gallon to around 80 cents and was still climbing.
    I freely admit if I was going to buy a C3, it would be a 69. In fact I tried to buy 2 different ones, that coupe and a roadster than ran like a scalded dog. Good thing I didn’t or the ex likely would have gotten that too in the divorce.

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  8. JEFF S.

    Car look ok, but not in my budget. The color looks off on the doors, it might just be the lighting when the pics were taken. Or were the doors painted off the car. I have seen this done with the same results on other cars. I have never been a fan of the side pipes, since I burnt my leg on one in 1971. I think cars look cleaner with out the side pipes, especially as the pipes age.

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  9. Angrymike

    What a beautiful Corvette, I love the color, there’s something about the late 60’s Granada gold and this Riverside gold that just does it for me. My 1967 Chevelle was Granada gold. If I hit the lottery this would be one of the first in my garage ! The 427 will run great with plenty of power I had a L-68 in my Chevelle and it was damn fast !

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    • Greg B Greg BMember

      I think the luggage rack is fine just the way it is and left the manufacturer. Keep it as is and after all it is a Top Flight NCRS judged Vette for its originality. Looks cool IMO.

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  10. Pat LMember

    @mainlymuscle- these guys should have all the parts to do the conversion.
    https://www.ecklerscorvette.com/catalogorder/index/onlinecatalog/interior-parts-and-trim.html

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  11. JoeNYWF64

    Considering how many i seen with not so pretty luggage racks, Chevy should have offered instead an optional rear opening hatch.
    I wonder how ez it is to patch the holes if you remove the luggage rack.

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    • Frank Sumatra

      Go back and look at some of the print ads from this era. During the period these cars were designed in, GM was attempting to have Corvette viewed as a Grand Touring sports car. A luggage rack makes perfect sense if you are marketing your product as a GT. Works for me.

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      • ACZ

        You’re right, Frank. Also, this car like my 1971 Lt1 coupe, has very little cargo area inside. Not enough for the smallest suitcase. So if you plan on going on a trip any where, especially with a passenger, the luggage could be a godsend. The luggage rack has a very valid purpose.

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      • PRA4SNW

        Right there with you too, Frank. I’ve mentioned it here before, but the luggage rack on my ’70 Convertible made perfect sense. We would take it camping, back in the 80’s when you could still drive these cars to do stuff like that.

        Since they were dealer installed, or aftermarket items, we’ll never know how many of them came with luggage racks.

        And, Iove the look of them on the car.

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      • Frank Sumatra

        @PRA4SNW- You betcha! I have noted previously that our 1976 Luggage Rack had the dealer-installed Corvette option that causes so much consternation here. Living in the Finger Lakes region in New York means the Luggage Rack spent at least six months tucked away. Our pre-storage ritual would be to pick a nice mid-week day in October, load up the wicker picnic basket with goodies, attach said-basket to the rack and head to Cayuga or Keuka lake and patronize a local winery. A slow ride alongside the lake home and “The Rack” would be ready for a winter nap.

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      • PRA4SNW

        Beautiful area, Frank. We attended a large family reunion in the area, I believe it was at a very large lake house on Cayuga. Definitely suited for a nice Corvette adventure!

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      • JoeNYWF64

        I meant an optional hatchback rear body style like THIS –>
        http://www.greenwoodcorvettes.com/Other%20customs/Can%20Am/EcklerCRIIrtrear.jpg
        You can carry a heck of a lot of stuff say in a 3000gt hatchback, especially if you pull out the useless back seat. & all that stuff is protected from the weather & ez to get at.

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    • JEFF S.

      I would remove the luggage rack also. I would just find some nice chrome buttons with rubber seals to cover the holes. Too hard to match paint. Keep the luggage rack for next owner or if I was going to make a trip I could add it back for the trip. Easy Peasy.

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      • PRA4SNW

        On an NCRS car, you must be kidding!!!!!

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  12. mainlymuscle

    Thanks Guys,I hate to mess with Corvette lines but I love the LS5 with day 2 mods,and far prefer the chrome bumper look.Mine has awesome original colors of silver on red,and is a loaded,very straight car,but it needs paint.Might as well make it what I want,prior to painting.
    Back to this car,i like the luggage rack.My 80 has the t roof carrier ,and I always thought the racks suited the car.

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  13. Jack M.

    It would probably be fairly easy to patch the holes if you removed this luggage rack. Trying to get this gold paint to match would be a whole other story.

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  14. Bodyman68

    Nice car but not a barn find by no means . With that said im at an age where saving it and letting it sit is a waste of a good car that would be fun to drive . Ill never understand why people collect cars to let them sit and most go to waste by not fixing them . I would drive the wheels off it , its just like a new car til the first scratch .

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    • ACZ

      Others have said this and it’s true for me, too. The trouble with a really nice car is that you’re afraid that something is going to happen to it while driving. Not due to your own fault but someone else’s. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. Most of the cars I’be enjoyed the most have been the not so nice ones.

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      • bob carroll

        ACZ you are correct. i restored a 62 vette, tried to make it all original and when i finished it, was too scared to drive it. when i did, got pulled over by people wanting to look at it. sat on blocks for a year and then i sold it.the old car i have now is meant to be driven.

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    • ctmphrs

      Does this person think he is the only one who has noticed that this is not really a barn find.Do we really need to hear that every time. if all we saw were true barn finds we might see two cars a day, I personally much prefer this way.But yall keep whining about it not being in a barn.

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  15. russell plumley

    nice car for sure.. i had a 69 vette back in the early 70’s.. mine was a 350 4spd but was all i needed .. my old corvette even with just a small block would scare most people because i drove it like it was intended to be driven.. if i had this car i would drive the wheels offa it.. in my opinion that is what they are for.. all i would leave for the future is a few pictures..:)

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    • Frank Sumatra

      Good attitude. The more comments I read and the more I look at this car, the more convinced I am it should be driven as God (Zora Arkus-Duntov) intended it to be.

      Like 1
  16. John

    Hard to believe that Vettes went from Sting Ray to this in just 6 or so years. And the color? Gag me with a spoon. Oh well, to each one’s own…

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  17. John

    But free local pickup. Sweet-

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  18. W9BAG

    Actually, I’ve never seen a car that is equipped with a luggage rack with anything on it.

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    • leiniedude leiniedudeMember

      Kind of like the empty truck boxes in todays world.

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      • Ike Onick

        Or the eight-passenger SUVs with just the driver on board

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    • JEFF S.

      @W9BAG – I purchased a 1981 ISUZU I-MARK diesel new, it had such a small trunk I installed a luggage rack.with nice woodgrain. I used it on every trip. 44 mpg on the highway and diesel fuel was cheaper than gasoline beck in the day.

      Like 2

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