We are excited to announce the arrival of three new Corvettes on loan at the Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery located on the main level of the AACA Museum, Inc. now through April 23, 2018.
Having enjoyed both the first and second generation of National Corvette Restorer’s Society (NCRS) Corvettes, we have moved in the third display. These vehicles include 1968, 1994, and 2001 Corvettes representing the additional 3 Corvette generations NCRS judges; the C3s, C4s, and C5s.
Pictured left to right: 1968 C3 L88, 1994 C4 ZR1, and 2001 C5 Z06 Hardtop.
The 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible with the L88 Engine Option is one of eighty produced that year. The L88 engine option was something that interested buyers would have to specifically ask for since it wasn’t advertised to the public. The 1968 Corvette was a race car and does not have AC, a radio, or a cooling fan shroud. The car is equipped with special performance front and rear suspension, positraction rear axle 3.70 ratio, vacuum power brakes, heavy duty brakes, transistorized ignition, 430 hp 427 heavy-duty engine, and a 4-speed heavy-duty manual transmission. It also has tinted glass, head restraint seats, auxiliary hard-top exterior vinyl trim and an off-road exhaust system. The 1968 Corvette’s awards and honors include the NCRS Top-Flight (Chapter) 2015 and 2016 award, the NCRS Gallery in 2015, and the NCRS Top-Flight (National) award in 2016. The car is on loan by Gerry and Daretta Yursis, from Parkton, MD.
The 1994 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Coupe ZR1 is number 200 out of 448 ZR1s produced in 1994. It is also only one of 35 to be painted Polo Green Metallic. The ZR1 option provided the power of the big blocks with the amenities of today such as cruise control, air conditioning, power everything and a Bose CD system. The exotic, quad cam, 32-valve, Lotus-derived 405 hp LT5 engine makes this vehicle a favorite. Having never been restored, it retains all of its original finishes and production characteristics. The car is driven and shown regularly in Harrisburg, PA. The ZR1 won the Top Flight award at the NCRS Regional in 2010, scoring a 97.7%. This vehicle is on loan from Andrew Saft of Harrisburg, PA.
The 2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Hardtop Z06 has a 385 HP 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The car is equipped with AC, PS, PB and cruise control. The design of the C5 Z06 was made to keep weight down, thus the minimal options, fixed roof hardtop configuration, lighter battery, and windshield. NCRS will begin judging 2000-2002 Corvettes following this year’s Convention in July. This car illustrates the process NCRS follows to incorporate newer model year Corvettes into its judging process. This car, having only 7 miles on it, was an untouched example of factory production and was used to develop the Technical Information Manual and Judging Guide (TIMJG) for 2000-2002 Corvettes. This car is on loan by Sue and Konrad Strawmyre, from Newburg, PA.
The exhibit case (pictured above) displays additional historic NCRS materials and Technical Information Manual & Judging Guides, NCRS awards and information specific to the Corvette display.
NCRS holds its annual National Convention which rotates across the US, on a 3-year cycle of east, midwest, and west locations. Vintage Corvette owners bring their cars to the 5 day National Convention seeking the ultimate awards for their cars. The quilt (pictured above) is made from NCRS Road Tour “T” shirts. The NCRS National Road Tour consists of 8 to 10 individual Tours originating from all parts of North America. Tours can last 2 days or up to 12. All Tours come together the day before the National Convention. Each shirt in the quilt commemorates the Corvette built 50 years previously and the location of the National Convention. This quilt is on loan from Jo Ann and Bill Sangrey.
The first generation of vehicles displayed throughout October and November 2017 included 1953, 1956 and 1962 Corvettes. The second generation of vehicles was on view December 2017 through February 2018 and included 1963, 1965 and 1967 Corvettes.
The next on display in the Williams-Clyde Gateway Gallery is the International Thunderbird Club Exhibit, May 18 through October 14, 2018. This exhibit will be guest curated by the International Thunderbird Club (ITC).
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. The NCRS Judging manuals for 1953 through 1972 Corvettes are available for sale at the AACA Museum, Inc. retail store. For more information on NCRS, visit https://www.ncrs.org/