919 – Vietnam Vet’s Corvette brings $675,000 at auction

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The marina blue 1967 Chevrolet Corvette that was auctioned for $675,000 Saturday at the 30th annual Mecum Auctions, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. The Corvette belonged to late Vietnam war hero Richard Litavsky.

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Keith Richard Litavsky

In this episode of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast the story about a Vietnam Veteran and his car will be featured. When Keith Richard Litavsky came home from Vietnam, one of the first things he did was buy a marina blue 1967 Chevrolet Corvette from a dealer in Illinois. He had dreamed about that car everyday he was in country. Done on a leap of faith, he carefully saved up enough money to purchase his dream car because survival in Vietnam was doubtful for Keith because he faced some of the toughest fighting.

Apparently the fact that he survived the fighting and killing in Vietnam and that he had wisely saved the money to buy the car on his own made him appreciate it even more. He took meticulous care of his treasured car until he passed away in 1993 as a result of a cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange. The car was passed on to Keith’s son Matt who continued the meticulous maintenance of his father’s car mainly due to the tremendous respect he held for his father.

After 24 years of treasured ownership son Matt made the difficult decision to sell his father’s Corvette. There were two newspaper articles about the car and it sale that will be shared on the podcast episode. One came out just prior to the sale of the car and the other describes the result of the sale where the car brought $675,000 in a Dana Mecum auction in Indianapolis.

The first story came from USA Today titled: Vietnam Vet’s beloved Chevy Corvette heads to auction and was submitted by Justin L. Mack of the Indianapolis Star. The auction result story came from The Indianapolis Star and was titled: Carmel man pays $675,000 for a 1967 Corvette at Indy auction ¬†and was submitted by John Tuohy, john.tuohy@indystar.com.

God bless Keith Richard Litavsky and his extended family.


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