CORTEZ SILVER VETTE, BELIEVED TO BE ORIGINAL MOTOR, CORRECT 69 CASTING, 4 SPEED
This icy silver 1969 Corvette is everything you'd hope for: 350 cubic inches and four gears in the transmission, with a lot of options including factory A/C. If driving your Corvette is what makes you happy, this cool silver coupe is the ideal choice.
Code 986 Cortez Silver is this car's original color, although the fresh paint gives it a glow that 1969 paint technology could never match. A distinct contrast to all the bright red Corvettes out there, it stands out thanks to the crisp bodywork and it almost makes the car look far more customized than it is. The C3's dramatic styling looks awesome in this shade, as the color seems to highlight the sharp creases and deep curves that make these some of the most distinctive cars ever built. A small deck lid lip and lift-off T-tops add to the aggressive, fun attitude but a car like this doesn't need major modifications to be an eye-catcher. Workmanship is good with better-than-average panel fit and finish, and since it was never destined for competition, the restorers were free to make the body panels as straight and smooth as possible instead of replicating factory flaws. The result is a great-looking car that makes people stop and stare, but isn't so nice that you're afraid to drive it.
Inside, you'll discover a largely original black interior that shows good preservation and years of caring maintenance. Seats remain in good condition with no tears or splits in their covers and only modest signs of use and age. The door panels are likewise nicely preserved, showing only where the driver undoubtedly rested his elbow while cruising, but none of the usual age-related issues. All the factory instruments offer crisp markings and bright needles, and keep a close eye on the 350 under the hood. The only notable upgrade is a Hurst cue ball shifter for the Muncie 4-speed, but it's period-correct and completely appropriate. The carpets might have been replaced at some point, simply because they're pretty darned nice, and there's a later AM/FM/cassette stereo so you don't have to suffer with AM entertainment.
We suspect that the engine is the original, numbers-matching piece, but the block was decked when it was rebuilt and the numbers are difficult to read. It also has a correct engine casting of 3956618 for a 1969 Corvette which also is a good indication it's more than likely the original motor. Obviously freshened, the legendary 350 delivers big power just the way you always hoped it would. Dressed in familiar Chevy Orange with finned aluminum valve covers, along with a proper open-element air cleaner with 350 decals, it looks great and runs even better. The A/C system is all-new and uses modern hardware, so it's reliable and easy to service and I don't think anyone will miss the original equipment. Underneath, a new exhaust has been fitted, including Flowmaster mufflers and polished chrome tips that look great and add a distinctive style to the rear of the car. 17-inch REV wheels look fantastic against the silver paint and they give the handling a notable boost, especially with fat 245/40/17 front and 275/40/17 rear Nitto radials.
Forget trailer queens, this one was built to rock and roll. Cool colors, a subtle custom look, and plenty of recent work all add up to a winner in anyone's book. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Exterior Color
- Cortez Silver
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