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'70s Corvettes like this 1974 Stingray are an awesome way to get into the Corvette hobby without a huge investment. Where else are you going to get a powerful V8 with a shift-it-yourself gearbox, curvaceous 2-seater bodywork, and an all-independent suspension that can still run with some pretty serious hardware, all for under $20,000?
Finished in original code 10L Classic White, there's no denying the appeal of the C3 bodywork. Everybody, car person or not, can instantly identify a Corvette like this, and they remain an icon of performance, even forty years later. This one is in good condition, too, with just 41,388 original miles on the clock. Good fiberglass that looks highly original and undamaged, a fact borne out by the almost entirely original paint clinging to its surface. Remember that the best Corvettes are not perfect and this one has an air of originality to it that is refreshing in a sea of over-restored 'Vettes and despite being 40 years old, the finish looks great. The '74 model is a favorite among C3 fans, too, thanks to its combination of the new urethane front and rear bumpers and original flying buttress C-pillars, which create a unique look.
The code 425 dark red bucket seat interior shows original components in above-average condition, suggesting that this car has led a pretty easy life. The seats are comfortable and inviting with no splitting or tears, the door panels are nicely preserved, and the original center console still houses controls for the 4-speed manual transmission underneath, as well as the engine specifications plaque (it's a 195 horsepower 350, by the way). This car doesn't have a lot of options, but that's kind of refreshing, too, as it suggests that the guy who originally owned it was reaching for his dream and as a result treated it as something extremely special. All the gauges appear to be original and the lift-off T-tops create an open-air experience that Corvette lovers embrace. If you're the kind of guy who likes long road trips in a cool car, it would be hard to do better than a vintage Corvette like this.
The low mileage means the 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood is only just now getting broken-in. It's quite stock and shows good maintenance rather than major restoration work over the years. The Chevy Orange engine enamel is probably more recent than the rest of the engine, but it makes the torquey V8 stand out in the otherwise monochromatic engine bay. It fires quickly and easily, with an appropriately muscular exhaust note and pulls hard through all four gears. The exhaust system is recent and there are definitely no worries about rust issues after you see how tidy it is underneath; even the original stampings are still visible on the springs! Four 225/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials have been fitted to a set of handsome chrome wire wheels that were not only popular in 1974, but still look great today.
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- AM/FM Radio
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Numbers Matching
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Interior Color
- Dark Red
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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