1967 Corvette Bounty Hunter
1967 Corvette Bounty Hunter
This 1967 Corvette was nicknamed the Bounty Hunter many decades ago for obvious reasons. This 1967 Corvette is believed to be 1 of 4 known cars built with black exterior paint, red stinger hood stripe, and a red interior. It’s powered by an L71 427 435 horsepower engine that is topped off with three Holley carbs. Mecum Auctions listed this 1967 Corvette and here is what they had to say about it:
It has one of the most colorful histories of any Corvette, purportedly including stints running guns and drugs across state lines and appearances on FBI stakeout videos of suspected Mafiosi, but after almost 50 years on the run, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe known as “Bounty Hunter” has found salvation as a multiple-award winner and one of the best known cars in the Corvette-collector community. One of just four known 1967 427/435 HP-powered Corvettes finished in Tuxedo Black with red Stinger and interior, it was ordered new by Vernon Turner, a salesman at Krieger Chevrolet in Woodbridge, New York. Although he had plans to race the car at the many drag strips in the area—Island Dragway, Harris Dragstrip, Capitol Raceway, New York National Speedway, Englishtown, Eldorado and others, Turner ordered the Corvette with a number of optional extras.
Its central asset was its world-beating driveline: the L71 427/435 HP Tri-Power Turbo-Jet engine, Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed and 4.11:1 Positraction differential. Added to that mix were side-mounted exhaust, power steering and 4-wheel brakes, transistorized ignition and F41 heavy-duty suspension. Turner also checked off Goodyear Power Cushion 7.75-15 redline tires, Soft Ray-tinted windshield, an AM/FM radio and power windows, making it one of the best-equipped L71 Corvettes built. Turner and his Corvette, which he named “Bounty Hunter” in honor of Top Fuel star Connie Kalitta, cut a swath through the competition, which included such heavy hitters as a young Shirley Muldowney. Regrettably, Turner’s extracurricular activities were not limited to drag racing; after racing the car for just six months and winning a pile of trophies along the way, he sold the Bounty Hunter to Harold Klinger of Roscoe, New York. By then he was apparently involved with organized crime, to the extent that he attracted the attention of the FBI; he was eventually murdered. A full 20 years and a string of owners passed, and in March 1988, its then-owner, Terrence Golden of Scranton, Pennsylvania, advertised it in “Vette Vues” magazine. Florida Corvette expert Alan Kaplan saw the ad and alerted his Corvette enthusiast friend, who inspected the car, examined the documentation Golden produced, including the tank sticker and trim tags, and purchased it for $19,600. After having it authenticated by nationally known Corvette authority David E. Reisner, the new owner immediately commenced a restoration. The car was not yet finished when it was reintroduced to the public at Maple Grove Dragway during the 1988 NCRS National Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ill fortune struck when the car lost control on a pass, incurring damage to the front clip. Undeterred, he continued the restoration over the next few years. During the process, the restored “Drivable Chassis” was first shown at Corvette Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1990. Subsequent appearances in 1990 included the Malcolm Konner Corvette Show, Bloomington Gold Special Collection, Chip’s Choice at Corvettes at Carlisle and the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Soon after the completed car was finished in its original color scheme and wearing Bounty Hunter signage, Cragar G/T wheels and Goodyear redlines, the car won NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Chevy Vettefest Gold Spinner awards. In 1998, then-owners James and Barbara Corn had the car professionally refreshed, and in 2006, while in Brian Skelton’s ownership, it was the subject of a feature article in “Corvette Enthusiast” magazine. In 2010, Skelton sold the Bounty Hunter to Noblesville, Indiana, collector Gary Runyon, who engaged Houston’s famed Naber Brothers for a new restoration to its factory-original configuration.
In 2013, the completed car once again earned NCRS and Bloomington Gold honors. This sensational and celebrated 1967 L71 435 HP Corvette is being offered with full documentation that includes the original tank sticker, multiple Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight and Chevy VetteFest certificates and judging sheets, confirmation of display in the National Corvette Museum, copies of previous titles and registrations, Reisner ownership history research, the decals removed from the car during its most recent restoration and a special bonus: a wood-framed display case containing the original valve covers signed by Zora Arkus-Duntov and members of the Corvette engineering team.