1970 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Say Corvette and immediately one harkens back to the 1960's and 1970's when the Corvette was in its heyday with design, and power going through several iterations. It was not uncommon to snag one of these examples, and with a need for speed modify it for the strip. Since the invention of the automobile, some tinkerer, shade tree mechanic, or custom shop has been trying to make it go faster.
This 1970 C3 fiberglass shark styled body Corvette is up for consignment and deserves a serious look. With this car is a coupe sporting removable roof panels, as well a 350ci V8 and 4 speed. We could call it a high performance small block much like a welterweight fighter, quick, powerful, reasonably light, highly durable, and brutally effective.
This shark, with its chromed bumpers and lower chromed egg crate grille is in the sweet spot of the C3 years. Just prior to the performance killing EPA emissions add ons, and still enjoying chrome, the remainder of the body in fiberglass is Corvette Marlboro Maroon. It's a respray, and it remains shiny, and presents overall in good condition with a few chip offs and some cracking of the paint in numerous areas, (How 'bout that Cowboy??!). Badged as ""Stingray"" complete with front quarter ""gills"", chromed mirrors on the doors, chromed window surrounds, and the dual rear bumpers split for the license plate, all chrome is in good condition. Removable body colored roof panels make up the t-top roof and when removed show a chrome bar splitting the openings. Upon further inspection we noticed invasive rust on the passengers A-pillar which leads to the question of structural integrity of the birdcage. 15-inch rally wheels are all around with deep dish trim rings and good rubber wrapping them. Bringing up the rear are rectangular chrome tailpipe covers which work their way through the cutouts at the rear roll panel and are surrounded by shiny bezels, just like the rocker trimmings, which are stainless steel. Rolling artwork if you will.
A swing of the sculpted doors and we see black vinyl styled door panels which present nicely with just a few minimal faults and the right amount of age wear. Inside are shiny styled high back buckets in black vinyl with knitted tuck and roll inserts and a smooth exterior bolster. Racing to the front of the car from the back of the passenger compartment is a black center console where we note the handbrake, chrome shifter, and climate control dials and sliding fan speed levers. Moving upward an aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette radio and just above a series of 5 essential round gauges and warning lights that serves as your monitoring station as you jet along the highway. The driver's front shows in the padded black looking good and has deep inset round gauges and vents behind the original steering wheel. Behind the buckets is a large storage area in black carpet well preserved as is the carpeting under the passenger's feet, all this in black color as well.
Lifting open the reverse hinged hood we are met with a 350ci V8 circa 1979 dressed to the nines with red translucent painted Moroso valve covers and air cleaner assembly. Lurking under the tall air cleaner is a Holley 4bbl carburetor that is bolted to an aluminum intake manifold. An original numbers matching Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission is on board and this throws power rearward to a CAO coded 3.70 posi-traction rear.
Underneath is very well preserved with just a slight patina of surface rust on some of the metal parts, but solid steel and fiberglass mounted to it. Independent front coil spring suspension works with a frame anchored rear differential with independent arms and a transverse leaf spring for the rear. We see power discs for all 4 corners. A clean dual exhaust snakes its way rearward from the mill.
Most was well for the test drive with great acceleration with that 1970's sound, smooth ride, good handling and straight bias free braking. We followed the consignors note of shifting 2nd to 3rd slowly and leaving the clutch depressed a bit longer than normal, possibly an adjustment is required or maybe a deeper problem is lurking. The pre-electronic all control cars offer up a feel on the wheel that is unmatched. Kind of down and dirty driving. Giddyup buttercup!!
With 1970 being a good year for the Corvette, later models succumbing to the Federal crash standards and less than aesthetic crash bumpers, (TYVM), this remains a desirable car. Good paint on the respray, nice black vinyl interior and a 4-speed with removable roof panels, you will be the belle of the ball when you show up to the restaurant in this classic. Think of it as that bronzed set of baby shoes you have, a great memory, and this one you can drive.
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
407785-Sequential Unit Number
C25-March 25th Build
TR 400-Black Vinyl
PNT 975-Marlboro Maroon
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