'72 Bryar Blue Coupe Spotlight
One of the prized Harper Corvettes is a '72 Bryar Blue metallic LS-5 454 CID 270 horsepower two-door sports coupe with automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and power windows. Built on June 6, 1972, as one of 1,059 coupes with Canadian base equipment, this coupe was shipped to Central Chevrolet Oldsmobile LTD in London, Ontario, Canada. After being purchased on June 21, 1972, it was driven less than 1,000 miles by the Canadian owners and then spent the next 25 years wrapped in blankets in their living room. The car is unusually well preserved with currently only 1775 actual miles.
The masking tape on the shims, which was placed on them at the factory, are visible today along with grease pencil markings on the body. It has the original battery with the 1972 date code. The original air and oil filters are still on the car and the original tires have the different colored marks for the various size weights placement on the inside of the wheels. Additionally, an extensive amount of original paperwork has been preserved. Among the documentation obtained with this vehicle are the original receipts and bill of sale from the dealer. Several pieces of the documentation are in both French and English as required in Canada.
The car was brought to the US in late 1997 and has since earned many awards and certificates. The National Corvette Restorers Society' Top Flight awards were earned in 1998 and 1999; the NCRS-Zora Arkus-Duntov Mark of Excellence and the NCRS-Chevrolet 4-Star Bowtie Award were earned at the 1999 NCRS National Convention in Sun Valley, ID, August 8-13, 1999. In June 1999 at Bloomington Gold Corvette USA, it was Bloomington Gold Certified by the National Corvette Certification Board (Certificate Number 2989), earned the Bloomington Gold Survivor Certificate of Historic Preservation (Certificate Number 1546), and the Bloomington Gold Benchmark, just one of 70 Corvettes to have received the honor at that time.
The car was invited back to Bloomington in 2000 to be in the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA "Special Collection XVI- Benchmark 2000" held June 22-25, 2000. At the 2000 NCRS National Convention held at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, July 23-27, 2000, the car received the NCRS-Chevrolet 5-Star Bowtie Award. In November 2000 at the Chevy/Vettefest Nationals, the car earned the Gold Spinner Concourse award and the Triple Crown award as well as being an invited participant in the Chevy/Vettefest Nationals "Chevrolet and Corvette Showcase." It was chosen to be on display at the National Corvette Museum to represent the 1972 model year for the Corvette 50th Anniversary celebration. Subsequently, it was an invited participant in the National Corvette Museum's 10th Anniversary displays and it was on display there for over two years. Additionally, in recognition of its originality, it has been used at chapter, regional and national NCRS meets as part of judging schools.