From the 27th 1953 Roadster produced with less than 4,000 miles on its odometer, to a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition with just 135 miles, the Foss Collection is surprisingly diverse for a model-specific assemblage; one thing all do have in common though, save for the two race cars in the group, is that not a single one breaks the 10,000-mile mark, and most are well below that number with 19 sporting less than 5,000 miles and seven with less than 200 miles. The originality of the cars is also astounding, even taking their sparing use into account.
Among the most notable in the collection is an extensively documented and multiple award-winning three-owner 1969 L88 convertible with 6,453 miles. As one of just 116 ’69 L88s produced, the car has participated in both Bloomington Gold L88 Special Collections and was previously owned by Corvettes at Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller for 24 years. An unrestored 1965 four-speed fuelie convertible is another highlight with just 1,652 original miles and Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold certifications all achieved in 2001. As the first truly ‘expensive’ collector Corvette—selling for $42,000 in 1976—the excellently preserved ’65 was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Great Hall in 2010 in addition to earning numerous other awards and recognitions.
Others in the Foss lineup include an original and unrestored 1963 Split Window coupe with 4,526 miles, a 1972 convertible with just four miles, and several other Bloomington Gold Benchmark certified cars.
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