We are excited to announce the arrival of three new Corvettes on loan at the Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery.
While our guests have had a great time viewing the first generation of National Corvette Restorer’s Society (NCRS) Corvettes, we have recently moved in the second generation. The current vehicles include 1963, 1965 and 1967 Corvettes. All three cars are Top Flight award winners and are available to view in the gallery now.
Pictured left to right: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe, 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe, 1967 Chevrolet “Big Block 427” Corvette Sting Ray Coupe.
The 1967 Chevrolet “Big Block 427” Corvette Sting Ray Coupe is equipped with a 427 CI 390 HP engine option, 4-speed transmission, power steering and brakes, saddle vinyl interior and optional side-mounted exhaust. The car has earned seven NCRS Top Flight certificates and the NCRS-Zora Arkus Duntov-Mark-of-Excellence award in 1987. This car is on loan by Frank and Barbara Stech of Pitman, New Jersey.
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe was first purchased by Peter Fonda and was raced at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This car has a 396 cubic inch solid lifter, 425 hp Mark IV motor, an M22 heavy duty transmission, no radio and optional heater delete making it unique. In contrast, this C2 has the teak wood steering wheel and telescopic steering column options. Aside from earning the NCRS Top Flight award, it has also received the Bloomington Gold, the Chevy Vette Fest Gold Spinner and the Triple Crown Showcase awards. It has also been featured as an NCRS Gallery Show Case Car during the 2015 “Corvettes at Carlisle” and the Delaware Valley Chapter NCRS Mark IV motor – M22 seminar in March 2016. The car is on loan by Paul and Carla Sedacca, along with their sons Matthew and Jared of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe with its iconic Split Window feature is considered a General Motors milestone, signaling a new era in automotive performance and design. This second generation Corvette was built March 27, 1963 at the Corvette Assembly Plant in St. Louis, and has a dramatic styling departure from the first generation, being more angular and aerodynamic. This Coupe is equipped with “L76” 327CID V8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission, 3.70:1 positraction rear axle, white sidewall tires and AM signal seeking Wonder Bar radio. This Coupe was named one of the “25 Most Beautiful Cars Ever Built” by Automobile Magazine. Since the restoration of the 1963 Coupe, it has won the NCRS National Top Flight award in 2011 and the NCRS-Zora Arkus Duntov-Mark-of-Excellence award in 2013. This car is on loan by Jim and Linda Board of Great Falls, Virginia.
The exhibit cases (pictured above) also show off additional historic Corvette materials and information on NCRS. The shelves also display period sales materials and dealership advertising.
NCRS Archives Director, Mr. Bill Sangrey guest curated this exhibit. The NCRS was the first club invited to display its marque in the gallery. This second round of Corvettes will be on display December through January. The final rotation of vehicles will begin in February and last through the conclusion of the exhibit.
NCRS Judging Standard in Flight Judging: Cars are to be judged on a 4500 point judging system focused on the standard of vehicle appearance, and as equipped, at the time and point of final assembly by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation. Presentation for judging is to be in the condition normally associated with that of a Corvette which has undergone the then-current standard Chevrolet Dealer New Car Preparation for delivery to a purchaser, exclusive of any dealer or purchaser inspired additions, deletions or changes. NCRS judging is related to vehicles from 1953 to1999. 2000 to 2002 Corvettes will begin being judged in late 2018.
Performance Verification (PV) award entails that the car passes a 137 item test including a ten-mile road test. There can be no failed items. If there is a failure the owner has 15 minutes to repair it. Not completing the first repair within 15 minutes or a second failed item results in failing the PV test. The purpose of the test is to determine if the car entered is correctly equipped and able to function and perform as designed, intended and expected when new.
To earn the NCRS-Zora Arkus Duntov-Mark-Of-Excellence Award the car must achieve a Flight Judging score of at least 97% at a Regional event, pass the PV test and then attain a second 97% in Flight Judging at a National Convention. The NCRS Judging system is a meticulous 4500 point system judged on originality and condition of each line item; e.g., tires – 30 points originality and 30 points condition.
The first generation of vehicles displayed throughout October and November 2017 included 1953, 1956 and 1962 Corvettes. The third generation of Corvettes will be on show in February.
The AACA Museum, Inc. works hard to provide an ever-changing landscape of unique vehicles for our visitors to enjoy. Visit AACAMuseum.org for the most current information on featured exhibits and events.
About National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS)
NCRS is a non-profit hobby group formed in 1974 and open to all persons interested in the restoration, preservation, history, and enjoyment of the Corvettes produced by the Chevrolet Motors Division of General Motors Corporation. NCRS is not affiliated with Chevrolet or General Motors. Today NCRS has somewhere between 13,000 and 14,000 members, most here in the U.S. We have 47 local Chapters, again mostly here in the U.S. but also in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. NCRS currently publishes judging manuals for Corvettes ranging from 1953 to 1999. These manuals are the basis on which NCRS evaluates the originality of Corvettes submitted for judging. The manuals are also used by restorers to help guide their work. Beginning in January the NCRS Judging manuals will be available for sale at the AACA Museum, Inc. retail store. For more information on NCRS, visit https://www.ncrs.org/