1974 Chevrolet Corvette 454 1974 Chevrolet Corvette
With a numbers-matching LS4 big block and just 19,080 original miles, this incredible 1974 Corvette coupe represents the end of an era. It was the final year for the mighty 454 and the beginning of the plastic bumper cars, with the chrome rear bumpers finally being eliminated. Powerful, fun, and extremely stylish, the '74s are perhaps the biggest bang for your buck in the Corvette hobby and are your invitation to some of the best car events around.
Bright colors always look good on a Corvette, and the code 22 Medium Blue on this car emphasizes the long, low profile and dramatic curves of the ""Coke bottle"" fenders. Treated to a color sand and buff in September 2015, this car really shines. It's a very clean driver that can be used without worries and still gets appreciative looks at the local cruise night, and it looks far better than it has any right to after all these years. The fiberglass is in excellent condition and shows few signs of age, and no issues in the typical trouble spots around the headlight doors and rear C-pillars. This one also features body-colored T-tops, which many enthusiasts prefer, and the only giveaway to the performance under the hood is a small 454 badge on the sides of the hood dome. Make no mistake, this is a potent car, even today.
Inside, that's unusual code 407 silver leather interior in impressive condition. The original seat covers are supple and comfortable, and show only modest wear and definitely no rips or tears in the leather. The interior is a nice combination of new and original parts, with the carpets, door panels, and dash pad looking quite fresh. The gauges are in excellent condition with bright white numbers on a black background, and they all appear to be working properly. You'll also note that this car offers such options as A/C, power windows, and a tilt/telescope steering column and the original AM/FM stereo radio remains in the dash and still pulls in stations loud and clear. For a true open air experience, pull the T-tops off and enjoy the Corvette as it was meant to be driven.
You'll have a hard time wiping the grin off your face once you get a taste of the big block's 395 pounds of torque. The quick-witted TH400 3-speed automatic transmission is the perfect companion, with gear ratios that make the most of the LS4's wide torque curve. Obviously nicely preserved, the engine bay shows well with Chevy Orange paint on the engine block, a correct cowl induction air cleaner, and plain valve covers that were part of the package in 1974. Power steering and power disc brakes were popular options and operate as they should, and the car is a superlative high-speed cruiser thanks to 3.08 gears out back. Underneath, it's quite stock, showing some age but no issues and there are plenty of new parts, including the power steering setup. The exhaust might just be original, so it's got the right sound and it sits on original Rally wheels and big 245/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
This low-mileage survivor also includes a ton of documentation, including a build sheet and tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, restoration photos, and maintenance records, making it one of the most impressive C3s we've ever seen. This is a high-quality Corvette that can be driven and enjoyed immediately. Call today!