This 1972 Chevrolet Corvette coupe is an affordable car with a good pedigree, featuring what we believe to be a matching numbers engine, a 4-speed, factory A/C, as well as a rather unusual color, it definitely qualifies as more than just garden-variety. And before you dismiss the '72s, remember that this was the last year of the metal bumpers front and rear, making it a favorite with collectors on a budget.
Restoring a car always requires a considerable amount of dedication, and this one shows signs of conscientious care over the years. The code 987 Ontario Orange paint scheme was retained, and while you don't see it very often today it was the most popular color in 1972. Details like the gills behind the front wheels, the crisp body lines, and the stainless rocker trim really stand out against the nicely preserved paint. And speaking of paint, this car shows extremely well, indicative of its expert care and maintenance since it was refinished. You'll note that the gaps are excellent and there's zero evidence of accidents in this car's past. That gorgeous paint shines up beautifully, so you'll enjoy your weekends in the garage doing the detailing and the Stingray body looks simply spectacular with the delicate chrome bumpers at both ends. You want attention, this car delivers in a very big way!
Code 417 Saddle vinyl buckets are the car's original specification, and have been restored to like new condition. A nice change from the more common black, the Saddle upholstery works perfectly with the orange bodywork to deliver a bright, clean look and comfortable accommodations. The buckets featured woven inserts to help keep your backside cool with the T-tops off, and the various colors and materials have been expertly coordinated for an authentic look. The carpets offer the right pile and weave, the door panels are correct-looking reproductions, and the center console houses the controls for the A/C and the big chrome shifter for the numbers-matching 4-speed manual gearbox. All the gauges are functional except the clock, and this car includes the original AM/FM radio, which, believe it or not, is still fully operational.
Power comes from the base 350 cubic inch V8, which we believe is the car's original powerplant. Freshly tuned and neatly detailed, it shows a few signs of use although maintenance has remained first-rate and there are no questionable modifications. The chrome air cleaner lid shines up beautifully and the painted valve covers look correct, even tucked under all those hoses. Everything works as it should, including the A/C, which now uses R134a refrigerant and the distributor which was upgraded to an HEI unit, and it sounds muscular breathing through a fresh dual exhaust system. The chassis remains clean, although not all shiny and perfect, so you can get in and drive, which is really what Corvettes are all about. Finally, a set of brand new 235/60/15 blackwall radials fill out the wheel wells nicely.
We're seeing strong gains for the early C3s, particularly the 1971-72 models like this coupe simply because they're comfortable, fast, fun, and affordable. The wonderful color combination is merely icing on the cake. Call today!