Chances to own a sought-after, classic convertible, big motor Corvette in any semblance of decent condition are pretty rare these days, as many of these cars were ridden hard and put up wet. Factor in a powerful big block engine rebuilt less than a thousand miles ago, as well as a number of other pivotal rebuilt parts, and the opportunity becomes even more scarce. But that's just what we have here with this 1970 Chevrolet Corvette 496 Restomod.
The early '70s was a great era for Corvettes. Chevy had begun to add some inspired touches to the exterior, including more pronounced fender flares and body curvature from front to back, to go along with the signature hidden headlights that had become synonymous with the model. And if you're going to change the color from its original Laguna Gray, why not go all out with bright red! The hue on this '70 shows off that style to perfection, benefitting from a nice driver-quality finish that gives it a lot of depth and shine. The Corvette convertible exemplifies the open-air muscle car experience and you can picture just how much fun it would be to hit the highway in this very powerful and road-ready drop-top with nothing but blue sky above you, but on those occasions when the weather isn't quite cooperating, the white, manual convertible top is in good shape and stands at the ready to protect you from the elements. This is one of those rare classic convertibles that doesn't lose its visual impact with the top up and its white shade complements the exterior perfectly.
Open up a contoured door and slip into the driver's seat and you'll see an interior that's sporting an upgraded color (it was originally red) that also happens to be one of the coolest of the era. The high-backed bucket seats are in great condition, as is the center console between them - angled to put the Hurst shifter within very easy reach. To each side you'll find door panels that are stock and sit snug and flush to the steel that surrounds them, while just in front of you, beyond the aftermarket wood-grained steering wheel that sits atop a tilting and telescoping column, is a truly impressive array of instrumentation - a bevy of aeronautically-inspired gauges that extends all the way down to the center console, all still very readable and looking right back at you through clear lenses. The dash is free of cracks, an aftermarket AM/FM/AUX/Bluetooth head unit now powers the tunes, and new black carpets provide protection from the heat of the asphalt, which so often makes its presence felt with vintage cars.
The Edelbrock fuel-injected big block 496 engine you'll find underneath the signature long, sloping Corvette hood stands as testimony to the adage: “there's no replacement for displacement.” Rebuilt just a thousand miles ago in 2017 and paired with a quick-shifting Richmond 6-speed manual transmission, it's in fine form, churning out big horsepower and sounding outstanding as it exhales through the set of aftermarket long-tube headers and straight-through exhaust. The afore mentioned EFI system sits atop an aluminum intake, an MSD ignition makes sure the giant block cranks with relative ease, and a fat aluminum radiator keeps the whole show cool. Disc brakes are found at each corner, and power steering make this droptop easy to drive, despite the big horsepower, This eye-catching, open air classic sits with a low and level stock stance on a set of 18” Boyd Coddington rims, wrapped in 255/45/18 performance radials.
In the market for a great-looking, vintage drop-top, decked out in an outstanding color combination and sporting serious big block power? You have to check out this 1970 Chevrolet Corvette 496 Restomod. Call today!