1972 Corvette LT1
1972 Corvette LT1 Survivor
This 1972 Corvette LT1 has only 2,929 miles and is a complete and total time capsule that was part of the Ed Foss collection. The Lt1 was introduced in 1970, and it was the premier small-block engine until its removal from the option list after 1972, when this convertible was sold new at Robert Green Chevrolet in Monticello, New York.
Corvette’s evolution from high-powered sports car to luxury tourer continued in 1972 with few changes. The 1972 models were the last to feature chromed front and rear bumpers, chromed egg crate front grilles and front fender side vents and, in coupes, the removable rear window. The fiber optic monitoring system introduced with the 1968 models was dropped, while the previously optional alarm system was made standard equipment, attesting to the high rate of Corvette thefts in that era. Industry horsepower ratings, always a point of contention, were changed to the SAE net rating system that essentially measured output with all ancillary systems attached and operating, contributing to drastically lower numbers. The only 454 CI engine was the LS5, whose rating dropped from 365 gross horsepower to 270 net. The optional solid-lifter LT1 scheduled to bow out after 1972 fared similarly with a new rating of 255 HP. The LT1 engine was available with air conditioning for the first time. In a final nod to the factory racer concept, Chevrolet offered the ZR1 Special Purpose Engine Package for the last time, building 20 before turning out the lights on this stupendous performance package.
Powered by the original 350/255 HP LT1 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission and completed with Mille Miglia Red paint and a White soft top, this wonderful 1972 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 convertible was delivered with a Black leather Custom interior, Soft Ray-tinted glass, power brakes, power windows, AM/FM radio and Rally wheels with Goodyear Wide Tread F70-15 tires. The original owner, Alfred Heins of Monticello, New York, conferred exceptional care on his prized ride, driving it only occasionally until selling it with a scant 1,950 miles on the odometer in 1988. Its equally enthusiastic second owner, Robert Tagliani of Queens, New York, clocked a mere 300 miles before selling it through broker “Corvette Mike” Vietro to Tim McKeon of Canyon Country, California. McKeon introduced the car to the Corvette community in the early 1990s. As testament to its fabulous original condition, it was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1990 and earned Bloomington Gold Certification in both 1990 and 1992, when it was also awarded Survivor Certification. In 1993 it struck again, winning both National NCRS Top Flight honors with a 99.2 score and the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence. The prestigious Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown was added to the car’s laurels in 2002, when it also again received Bloomington Gold Certification followed by Survivor and Benchmark Certification as well. In addition to the tank sticker, this highly decorated final-year LT1 is documented with the Protect-O-Plate, bill of sale, owner’s card, the original keys and owner’s manual, insurance renewals and notarized affidavits from the previous owners.
– Unrestored with 2,929 original miles – Documented with two tank stickers, Protect-O-Plate, bill of sale, owner’s card, insurance renewals and notarized affidavits from the previous owners – Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold Certified in 2002 – Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1990 – Bloomington Gold Certified in 1990 and 1992 – Bloomington Gold Survivor certified in 1992 – NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence in 1993 – National NCRS Top Flight Award in 1993 scoring 99.2 – Regional NCRS Top Flight Award in 2003 scoring 99.3 – Chevy VetteFest Triple Crown in 2002 – LT1 350/255 HP V-8, 4-speed – Power brakes and windows – Mille Miglia Red with Black leather interior – Sold new at Robert Green Chevrolet in Monticello, NY – The original owner drove it 1,950 miles kept the car until 1988 – The second owner drove the car 300 miles and brokered the car through Mike Vietro, who sold it to Tim McKeon – McKeon introduced the car to the Corvette community in the early 1990s – Part of the Ed Foss Collection since 2001 – Original keys and owner’s manual
This 1972 Corvette LT1 Survivor sold for $125,000 in August 2015
Source: Mecum Auctions