In recent years the word “survivor” has gradually entered the collector car lexicon as a way of describing a well-preserved, original, unrestored vehicle. “Survivor,” in context, is also a trademark registered to Bloomington Gold founder David Burroughs. And in 1989, this Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 convertible became Burroughs’s benchmark for establishing standards for the Bloomington Gold Survivor Award.
For years, Burroughs had encouraged the owners of original Corvettes to forego restoration and preserve their originality, even searching out and buying this unrestored 1967 Corvette convertible to demonstrate his ideal. In 1989, he registered the word “Survivor” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and created the Bloomington Gold Survivor Award for the specific purpose of rewarding the preservation of original, unrestored Corvettes. Since then, Bloomington Gold has expanded the “Survivor certification” to include other marques.
Original and unrestored, the “Survivor Platform Car” is finished in factory Marlboro Maroon paint with a black interior. Under the stinger hood sits the classic Tri-Power 427 with a Muncie 4-speed. The 435-hp V8 features a high-lift, long-duration camshaft and large-port cast-iron heads, on top of which is the triple 2-barrel Holley carb setup on an aluminum intake manifold. Optional equipment includes sidemounted exhaust, finned aluminum bolt-on wheels, and hard top.
Adding to this Corvette’s standing is the fact that in 2003 it also won the NCRS Chevrolet Bowtie Award-the highest status for unrestored Corvettes. In 2006, it was selected for the Bloomington Gold Special Collection.
As collector and philosopher Miles Collier once observed, a car can only be original once. Together David Burroughs and his famous “old 435” demonstrated the importance of that sentiment to future generations of Corvette enthusiasts.