L88 BIG BLOCK HOOD, #'S MATCHING 350CI, NICE FRESH RED PAINT, 4 SPEED, CLEAN!
Red Corvettes are always going to be popular, and you know we love them here at Streetside Classics. This 1970 Corvette coupe represents the opportunity to buy a matching-numbers early C3 with lots of charisma for not a lot of money, and if history is any indication, there are going to be a lot of guys out there trying to take advantage of this offer.
The swoopy styling of the C3 has actually aged rather well and today offers a retro look that's immensely popular. Painting that dramatic shape red only helps the cause, and this one also adds an L88 big block hood to the mix, giving it a dose of aggression that some of these early cars were missing. For an early C3, the gaps are quite good and the fiberglass is in excellent shape, and the guys in charge of making it shine did an outstanding job. The tag says this one was originally Marlboro Maroon, but during the restoration they brightened it up to Monza Red and never looked back. A few black stripes accenting the cool hood and a checkerboard pattern on the side "gills" adds some contrast that only enhances the Corvette's sporting look, but otherwise it's quite stock-looking. Chrome bumpers are a big part of the early C3's appeal, and these are nicely polished, along with the bright rocker panel trim and emblems that are just too nice to be 44 years old.
The black interior is pure Corvette, which means it's both luxurious and sporty with enough creature comforts to make it a great long-distance cruiser. The seats were actually upgraded with leather seat covers during the restoration, and once you're situated behind the wheel, it does make quite a difference in the "seat of the pants" feeling. Correct door panels and new carpets were fitted at the same time and still look great. All the gauges appear to be original and it is equipped with somewhat rare power windows, which are a nice addition to any early 'Vette. FM radio was starting to come into its own in 1970, so the original owner was wise to spec an AM/FM radio, which still entertains from the center of the dash, although it doesn't do quite as good a job of it as the 4-speed shifter does. The cargo area was also completely restored and much of the weather-stripping was renewed.
The 350 cubic inch V8 is this car's original, numbers-matching engine and it's a strong runner. It's not detailed for show under the hood, but it's easy to get in and turn the key for just about anything, making this Corvette daily-driver-friendly. An upgraded HEI ignition system delivers reliable sparks, but beyond that and a set of headers, it appears to be quite stock. The 4-speed is also original to the car and the underside shows off a lifetime living someplace warm, because even a Corvette chassis can suffer in winter climates. A newer exhaust system gives it an appropriate V8 burble and factory Rally wheels wrapped in 225/60/15 BFG radials have the right look.
Every guy who calls about a Corvette inevitably asks about numbers-matching status, and we're proud to say that this 'Vette is both affordable and pedigreed, so you can buy with confidence. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Numbers Matching
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Owner's Manual
- Restoration Photos
- Build Receipts
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