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Rare: Chris Craft Corvette

Discussion in 'Chris Craft Connies, Commanders & Catalinas' started by ewdahler, Jul 29, 2008.

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  1. ewdahler

    ewdahler New Member

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    Vette tender

    This would make a nice classic tender, 36' CC Corvette 1969... pretty rare only 11 built, this is one of only a couple left...

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  2. Ken Bracewell

    Ken Bracewell Senior Member

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    Is it for sale? How much and where is it located?
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    34 made!

    The Corvette hull was designed by Jim Wynne - commissioned by Chris Craft. A fast and seaworthy boat - Chris-Craft advertised a top speed of 35 mph with 427/300 hp engines, and Boating tested it at 35.30 mph, with three people aboard and full tanks. Not too bad - except that fuel consumption at that speed was 51.00 gph. (Incidentally, the boat in the test had the steering wheel without the outer ring. According to the magazine, the first 36 Corvette made was shown at the 1968 New York Boat Show, and the boat tested was hull number 23.)

    The Corvette was available with twin 230 hp (327 cu in) or 300 hp (427 cu in), both with Paragon V-drives. Jim Wynne liked those V-drives to put the weight aft.

    With a 12’-5” beam, weighing in at a little over 14,000 pounds, this was one fast cruiser with a pair of 427 motors. Twenty of these rare boats were built in 1968, and another fourteen in 1969, making this one of the very last wood boats produced by Chris Craft.
    Production data/serial #'s:
    CXFV-36-001 to CXFV-36-020 (1968)
    CXFV-36-2001 to CXFV-36-2014 (1969)
    Knowing of the other Jim Wynne designed boats Chris Craft was building in this era, such as the 19' Commander, 22' XK, and 23' Commander, it is really a wonder this one didn't show up in the lineup as a fiberglass boat. Surely, the topic must have been discussed at Chris Craft. In fact, in 1977 this design was actually produced in fiberglass, a foot longer, with modernized "Euro" lines, and built by Chris Craft in Italy! :cool:

    Had the Chris Craft marketing department decided to do so, the Corvette could have well been a Commander model at any time from 1968 on. As it was, Jim Wynne's concept was reproduced 34 times in wood, the marketplace was tested and carefully watched by Chris Craft executives, and the decision was made to drop the model.
    Shame.

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  4. ewdahler

    ewdahler New Member

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    Corvette

    I was told recently only 11 built but i'm sure youre right as that makes more sense given the records i've seen. No not for sale, I know the captain, owner has had it since new in '69, in Mass. Fantastic boat, great ride, they completely restored it after being in storage 17 hears, put in pair of 8.1 Crusaders...the combination of modern styling and classic Chris-Craft design really distinguishes this boat in my view.... This owner put all teak decks and cockpit deck it looks stunning....

    CC also made a beatiful 36 Corvette in the mid-fifties which was also of limited production.
  5. Garrbo

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    looking for this Corvette

    The guy who owned this for the last ,, maybe 20 years and I spoke many times as he was selling this gorgeous Chris. I couldn't come up with the mula and He finaly sold it. Im wondering where it got to. Are you the new owner? Whats the latest on her and where is she???
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    She now floats on the Bohicket river south of Charleston SC.We,ve logged 1400mi in two years We really love this boat and she allways brings great compliments.
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    Great looking boat. Absolutely beautiful. I'm a huge fan of American built powerboats/cruisers built in the 1960's. I think the styling of that period is second to none. Great to see an owner with the passion and commitment to keep the boat in top condition.
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    Holy Crap! That's a stunning boat!
    1400 miles of pure joy, I'll bet.

    Man, what an eye catcher!
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    I own 1968 Chris Craft Corvette Hull 001

    I have looked for years for this boat and to find 001 was a total dream come true. A magical Chris Craft!!
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    Nice vette!

    I remember seeing one of these as a kid somewhere up north of Detroit. It was the most beutiful boat I'd ever seen - this brings me back.
    Calm seas and fair winds,
    Watjam
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    I have never been really into these craft so I am no expert but seeing pics of them and-from a vague outside view-the craftmanship looks outstanding.
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    36 corvette

    I think i saw 001 for sale on trader dock?My corvette is 003. We've had her for two years.Does 001 have a hard top?I'm building one for mine and would like some close up picks.
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    Hello, If there is anyone out there I have hull number 15. It is in original condition and is a hard top. I would like your input on how to restore her. Thank you, Mike
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    Post pictures. We love pictures. (Properly sized)
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    Chris Craft antique boat owners association is probably still alive and all the original drawings are at the mariners museum in Norfolk. I've restored a couple of old Chris Crafts and it's a lot of work but very rewarding when you finish.
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    9C4FE4FA-2D46-454A-9F51-CBFBFCC616B7.jpeg Thanks for the info. Here are a few pics
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    I am fairly sure one of these Chris Craft models was at the Shalimar Yacht Basin, Shalimar, FL in the late '60s and I would work on it when in the yard. This design looks very familiar, SYB sold a fair number of Chris Craft boats. This one is a jewel.
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    Jim had an incredible career, tremendous contributions to the industry. Good man, too.