Gimenez believes that the heart and soul of Corvette collecting has always centered around original, personalized and beautifully restored Corvettes. The Corvette Legends Invitational display was built around seven low mileage, original and restored Corvettes that are rarely shown in public. The display featured cars that exemplified the best of two model years. The small size of the display helped make it unique and focus attention on the quality of the cars.
A write up in the show’s directory noted that model year 1965 was the last year for the optional Rochester mechanical fuel-injection system for the Corvette’s 327-cid/375-hp engine. The directory said it was also the first year for the 396-cid/425-hp “Turbo-Jet” big block V8. Several cars with these engines were included in the Corvette Legends Invitational display.
Three of the seven cars also had the N03 “big tank” option. This was an extra-cost 36.5-gal. fuel tank, designed as a racing option, that wound up in just 41 cars. The earlier Corvettes in the display included a silver blue 1965 Sting Ray coupe owned by Chesterton, Ind., dentist Dr. Bruce Eric Smith.
According to the directory, Corvette model year 1970 was a short one, but several rare versions of the Corvette were released that season. The Corvette Legends Invitational had several rare 1970 models including the “Star Spangled Banner” Corvette of Indiana collector Edward Foss and a Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT owned by Dan McMichael of Indianapolis.
Dr. Giminez was handing out free copies of the inaugural issue of Corvette Legends, a new, full-color limited-edition magazine that featured articles on 1965 and 1970 Corvettes, including coverage of all cars in the Corvette Legends Invitational display. He has also produced a hardbound Corvette Legends book. For information visit www.corvettelegends.com.