Bart Starr’s 1967 Corvette can be yours, Packers fans… for a price
It was a marriage of two all-time greats: Bart Starr, Hall of Fame quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible that Starr received for being named MVP of the first Super Bowl more than five decades ago.
Like the power union between superstars Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, the marriage didn’t last, however. The Corvette made its way into private hands in the 1980s and was purchased by its current owner in 1994. But the car is something of a legend, particularly among the Packers’ cheesehead-wearing faithful.
The Goodwood Green Sting Ray will cross the block at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale on Friday, May 18. A 1967 Corvette 327 convertible in No. 3 (Good) condition is valued at $64,700, but due to the car’s Starr-studded heritage, Mecum has not published an estimate.
The Corvette is powered by a 327-cubic-inch, 300-horsepower small-block V-8 mated to a Muncie four-speed manual transmission. Options include a 3.36:1 Positraction differential, Soft Ray-tinted windshield, telescopic steering column, and an AM/FM radio.
When the Sting Ray’s current owner, Michael Anderson, purchased the car, he debated whether to do a full restoration or a refresh, ultimately choosing the latter. According to Mecum, Anderson cleaned and reconditioned the undercarriage and suspension system; replaced some mounts, seals, and bearings; overhauled the braking system; and put in stainless-steel wheel-cylinder piston sleeves for added durability. The car is equipped with a reproduction radiator, but the original radiator will be included in the sale.
Anderson, who is from Minnesota—sorry, Packers fans—said the engine has never been disassembled and the driveline is also original. The paint and upholstery haven’t been touched, and the car also has its original 1967 Rally wheels with period-correct redline tires. The tattered tanker sticker/build sheet states “Courtesy Delivery B. Starr.” Also included is an AFL-NFL World Championship Game souvenir pen that Anderson found under the passenger seat. There are 48,000 miles on the odometer.
The Corvette was considered quite a prize in its day, since professional athletes of that era were paid a fraction of what as they are today, inflation notwithstanding. Starr, now 84, also won a red 1968 Corvette for being named MVP of Super Bowl II.