history on this car dead ends circa 1969-70. At that time
David Leonhard bought this car as used from Sheboygan
Chevrolet in Wisconsin ( North of Milwaukee ) and was told
it was traded in by a fellow for a new Corvette. This made
sense as the car already had Corvette engine components
swapped onto the original block by the first owner. Upon
searching the cars history years later he ended
unsuccessfully at the defunct dealership.
This car stayed in the Leonhard family
between brothers and nephews until around 1977 when it was
transformed into the custom car pictured here. Don Leonhard
smoothed over the chrome trim and fender flared the body as
was the trend in the 70’s and added to the speed parts
already present. The car has 132000 +- miles total with all
but a small amount put on before 1977. After the
transformation the car had very little mileage put on and
was stored inside.
In April of 1999 Don Leonhard sold the
car for the first time out of the Leonhard family to Ken
Heebner of California as an investment. Nothing was done to
the car and the car was not driven until April of 2006 when
I bought the car.
This car was brought to the all GM
nationals that year to display in “ as found “ condition and
has since been restored to original by myself.