Back in 1982, the decision to buy a vintage Shark was made. With expenses being what they were, Jim couldn't afford the decked out '67 he was looking for so he settled for a base-model '66. As so often happens, children, finances, and priorities forced his hand, and the Vette went to another owner. It was then that a vow was made-a vow to make the next plastic fantastic that graced his garage something special. With 20 years in the automotive industry, James explains his tastes in automobiles as somewhat unusual. His desire was to purchase an authentic, one-owner, Corvette Sting Ray-one with all the paperwork. Jim wanted the brass ring, a '67 427 Tri-power.
With the search on-for about five years actually-Jim saw many a car and heard many a story and claim. But most of all, what Jim saw was a number of very expensive, completely restored cars that were too pricey for him. And price or not, Jim wanted an opportunity to see a Vette go through the restoration process. When he finally located an acceptable car, Jim was on an airplane that same night to beat out the prospective buyers. That morning at dawn's light, a sight greeted him he hadn't expected: A '67 Vette with everything still original, down to the GM Safety Kit, floor mats, and even shocks. Best of all, the paperwork was all there and so was the tank sticker. Two weeks later the Vette was in its new home, and one James Holtyn of Milwaukee could rest easy knowing his car had gone to an owner that would take care of his one-time pride and joy.
The next step was to find to find the right expert to help with the restoration process. Soon, during a weekend show at Pomona, California, Jim was floored by a "perfect" '68 L88. Upon approaching the owner about the process, Jim met Steve LuVisi, owner of Automotive Expertise Unlimited and the L88. A week later Steve had the Vette, and it validated what Jim had hoped for-everything was intact and indeed original. All that was left was the decision on how perfect this car was to be, "I told Steve that I wanted my '67 to be as nice as his '68 L88-a Top Flight Corvette," Jim said, "I also told Steve that I wished the car to appear as if it had just rolled off the showroom floor...and he made that wish a reality."
With the restoration soon completed, Steve sent the car for paint. Suggesting the same body man who had made the '68 look so wonderful, Gary Svecko of Performance Paint in Torrance, California, received the Vette next and completed everything needed to take this Sting Ray back in time to delivery day: October 17, 1966. So, now Jim has a choice; he can ride down the street in the present with his '99 Harley-Davidson or he can take a stroll down memory lane when he was 10 with a showroom-fresh '67 Corvette. Whichever he decides, Hog or Sting Ray, Jim is the King of the Road.