1974 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
The arrival of the 1974 Chevy Corvette occurred during an abysmal period in automotive history. The period in question actually began in October 1973 when OAPEC, (the Arab members of OPEC) plus Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia proclaimed an oil embargo against the United States. Long lines for gas sprung up nationwide, and the era of the large engine muscle car was coming to an end. Instead of pure power, companies focused on conveniences, and smooth ride, and this year Corvette is exemplary of the times.
For consignment the beneficiary of a full restoration 7 years ago and since this time has been driven less than 4,000 miles. The consigner states it is a great running car and he dove it 3 hrs to get here with nary a complaint from the car anywhere. This car has always been garage kept and presents very nicely in good condition.
One has to love the design on this curvaceous Corvette. From its sting ray-esque nose, flared fenders, low slung panels, chrome rocker, and rounded off rear this is definitely my favorite Corvette design, right next to the 63 Split window. All this fiberglass is bathed in a Red and it is a respray. Noted in the rear bumper area is slightly off in color from the rest of the car. A few areas of some defects in the body (may have been filled) and some bubbling of the paint. Removable roof panels have a storage blanket and offer up the option of some open air motoring. 15-inch rally wheels are on as well as Firestone Firehawk SS tires.
A sea of black leather buckets, carpet, dash, and door panels, with just a few areas of added woodgrain make up the original interior. Original deeply sunk in round gauges front the steering wheel, center of dash, and even A/C is installed (needs charged) in the console controlled by horizontal wheels for temperature…modern! The 4-speed manual transmission shifter is here as well. A pop of the roof panels and you can experience open air motoring pleasure. In back wood veneered panels cover extra storage area behind the seats. Overall interior is showing some wear and could use a good detailing.
A 350ci V8 is under the hood and is unrestored. An Edelbrock Performer Intake is seen with a 4-barrel Quadrajet carburetor atop. A 4-speed manual transmission is on back
A few areas of surface rust, and some invasive rust is noted on the drivers rear frame. Nice patina, some rusting on the rockers. 4-wheel power disc brakes are on all 4 corners.
This car started quickly and ran well, had good acceleration, and handled nicely.
Restored 7 years ago and runs well. Some rust underneath, but runs strong, always was garage kept, and has a car cover and a shop manual that will come with this car.
T-350ci V8 L82
S-St Louis, MO Assy Plant
424002-Sequential Unit Number
I16-April 16th 1974
TRIM 404-Black Leather
PAINT 948L-Dark Green Metallic