1970 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1970 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Zora Arkus-Duntov (December 25, 1909 – April 21, 1996) was a Belgian-born American engineer whose work on the Chevrolet Corvette earned him the nickname "Father of the Corvette." He is sometimes erroneously referred to as the inventor of the Corvette, whereas that title belongs to Harley Earl. He was also a successful racing driver, taking class victories in the 1954 and 1955 24 Heures du Mans.
How often do you pass by an old, dilapidated barn in your travels and wonder what could be lurking within? Most of the time you'd find farm equipment in various states of disuse, or the collections of hoarders long past. But every once in a while, you find a gem lurking in the dust and hay. For consignment, one of those gems, found in a barn in North Carolina with a black vinyl interior, a LS5 454 V8, and a Muncie M20 tranny. A stainless rocker and removable T tops, Badda Bing!
It's 1970 and this Corvette is wearing a worn coat of what may be the original Monza Red over the fiberglass moldings that make up the body. Bring on the french curve as this design utilizes some wonderful lines, has a retro throwback with the shark “gills” in the front quarter, and uses glorious chrome (soon to go away!). That chrome leads the way with a V shaped front bumper and surrounding grille supports, all in fair condition. Stingray now one word is showing up in badging just above the “gills”. Chrome window surrounds and side view mirrors are there too, and a stainless-steel rocker covering emphasizes the exaggerated coke bottle design of the sensuously curved sides. A T top which is removable with fiberglass panels works flawlessly and shows no leaks, in back a vertical rear glass has the long “flying buttress” B pillars that gently land on the rear deck which is adorned with the gas filler cap in the very center. The back of the car leaves an impression also with the split chromed bumpers, round taillights and dual exhaust exiting from the roll pan on each corner. Severe cracking and crazing can be seen on various panels in the paint, and a few areas of fiberglass chip off damage can be noted. 15-inch wheels with deluxe wheel covers are wrapped in raised outline white letter Goodyear tires.
In wonderful contrast to the exterior Monza Red, we offer up a black vinyl covered sporty interior. This neat black first makes its appearance on the door panels. Neatly molded and sculpted with small striped, black/charcoal broadcloth center panels the lock turn knobs, door actuator, and armrest are housed here. Slipping into the high back thin design buckets we have smooth black leather bolsters and screen textured tuck and roll leather inserts. These chairs show some wear in the inserts with cracking and tearing on the seams, particularly the driver's seat. The center console presents as original sans elbow padding, with the remainder of the console moving towards the dash in molded black plastic to cover the hump. Also here is the shift lever, handbrake, temp wheels, and ashtray surrounded in back plastic with shiny surrounding trimmings. These panels show some dirt and wear. Moving up from the console we have the radio which is a factory AM/FM system. Also 5 gauges are lined up above in a panel that monitors everything but your blood pressure. A nice black rally steering wheel with a trio of satin chromed center spokes which come together in the center and mount up with the black center steering column. An angled dash houses dual deep inset round speedo and tach as well as eyeball heater vents, and a few simple pulls. Padded black vinyl covers the dash and dash top and is all in good condition. Black carpeting is on the floors, and this wraps up a very clean presentation…applause please for this sporty interior.
Under the hood is a numbers matching 454ci LS5 V8. It sports an orange/red GM block and chromed valve coverings and a chromed air cleaner covering. A single 4-barrel carburetor is atop, and on back a non-original Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. A 3.08 heavy duty positraction gearset is the rear axle.
Surface rust and patina are seen underneath, but overall, a solid frame all steel undercarriage. All independent SLA forged aluminum upper and lower control arms and a steering knuckle, transverse mono leaf springs and steel stabilizer bar and spindle offset is the suspension for the front. On back full independent suspension with frame anchored differential unit. Transverse leaf springs are here as well. Power disc brakes are all around and all is structurally fine underneath on this Stingray.
She fires right up and drives off beautifully with neck snapping acceleration. Bias free panic stopping, and great handling synonyms with a Corvette. All functions were working at the time of our drive.
A barn find and a big block barn find at that! The mechanicals seem well sorted and this car can be used as a turnkey daily driver if you so wish. Sporting rough paint, a decent interior, and a numbers matching engine, barn find big block Corvettes aren't exactly falling from the sky these days. You'd better hurry up, this one won't last!
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
412035-Sequential Unit Number
F12-June 12th Build
TRIM 400-Black Vinyl
PAINT 974-Monza Red
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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