350 CI, 4-SPEED MANUAL, RARE MILLE MIGLIA RED, FACTORY AIR, PW, TILT, NICE VETTE
This lovely 1972 Corvette Stingray has been nicely freshened for the next generation and includes some nice options like factory A/C and a handsome leather interior. Reasonably priced chrome-bumper Corvettes are out there, buth there just can't be many nicer than this, especially for under 20K!
Thanks to a lot of TLC throughout its life, the car needed no bodywork to achieve the brilliant finish you see today. Shockingly, code 973 Mille Miglia Red was one of the less common colors for 1972, accounting for only 2478 units that year, fewer than Elkhart Green, or even plain old Classic White. The finish is not too light, not too dark, but a strong, bold red that looks great on the timeless shape. All the panel gaps are factory correct, and there's less orange peel in the paint than you received in 1972, thanks to careful prep and a good amount of time invested in buffing the finish. And when it comes to C3s, you're either a chrome bumper guy or a rubber bumper guy-this one sports the original style chrome units that frame the egg crate grilles up front and add interest to the flat rear panel. The stainless appears to be original, and even the accessory luggage rack on the rear deck is bright and shiny chrome.
As a well-maintained car, the line between the original components and new pieces is blurry, but that's a good thing. The interior shows just the right amount of patina, and it's difficult to determine what has been replaced. We suspect the door panels and seat covers are new, but the carpets, which are protected by floor mats, may very well be original. The gauges are crisp and their lenses are scratch-free, more proof that someone cherished this car from day one. The center console is excellent, and houses the shifter for the 4-speed manual, which makes this car a rarity among its C3 siblings. Other features include factory A/C, power windows, a tilt wheel, and a newer AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit complete with CORVETTE logo on its face. Pull the T-tops and hit the road!
The engine is a neatly-dressed 350 cubic inch small block that gives this Corvette enough potency that most cars are still advised to leave it alone. Although most of the mechanical refreshening was done a few years ago, the engine bay shows signs of loving care throughout its life, and though much of it has been restored and the engine rebuilt, the condition of the inner fenders and firewall suggest that this car has always been clean. Details like the chrome air cleaner and ignition shield add a lot of eye candy, along with a set of finned valve covers that look great. The small block runs beautifully and it sounds awesome exhaling through a set of long-tube headers into a healthy dual exhaust system. It's tidy underneath, not detailed for show but with no warning signs, either, and with a set of classic Rallys, it looks the part of a performance icon.
Clean, honest Corvettes don't get much nicer than this, especially if you're the kind of guy who likes to just jump in and go. Is it perfect? No, but this one represents a lot of fiberglass for not a lot of money. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Tilt Wheel
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