This 69 was born with a silver dipstick in its engine. Originally purchased by a wealthy publisher for his wife, it was turned over to a collector, who stored it in climate-controlled comfort and registered only 805 miles on its clock over a 20-year period. Pampered? What do you think? Today, under the care of its current owner, Barry Lash of Sanford, Florida, the Corvettes odometer reads a mere 8,500 miles.
The original paint is Riverside Gold, a one-year-color wonder. There are no records of exactly how many of this color were produced, but you sure dont see too many. Although the car is a convertible, it has only the hardtop. For reasons of her own, the original owner didnt want the soft top. The rear-window defogger is relatively rare, an option on roughly 10 percent of 69s.
In addition to the original paint, this unrestored gem retains all the original glass, headlamps, tires (including spare), jack, all interior componentseven the original keys! Barry Lash lays ownership to the original owners items as wellowners manual, Protect-O-Plate, radio card, white extra key card, headlamp washer card, etc. Barrys not territorial about the ownership, perhaps because hes owned more than 20 of them over the last 16 years. He freely counts his wife, Lori, and six-year-old son, Jordan, as co-owners. This is the only Corvette hes had with the special credentials this one claims. Barry owns a dealership, so hes done a lot of work on it at his own place. Otherwise, he claims the only technician hell allow to touch this car is Dewey Hendricks, owner of Deweys Just Corvettes in nearby Longwood, Florida.
All this originality has to count for some awards, right? You bet. Since June 1997, this beauty has collected Survivor, Gold, and Benchmark status from Bloomington Gold and Top Flight, Performance Verification, and Bow TieFour Stars (working on a fifth) from NCRS.
Surely it will be a family affair when the car goes to the 2000 NCRS National Convention in Bowling Green (July 23-27) in search of the Duntov. We didnt think it was much of a stretch to include this special Corvette in our Best of the Best issue. You can say you saw this Duntov-winning 69 here first.