- Body Color
- Engine Size
- 350ci V8 L48
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1974 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1974 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
It's a great tip…. “Getting to know a Corvette has got to be one of the great pleasures in life.” 1974 Corvette sales brochure.
For consignment and your visual pleasuring, a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette. Due to federal safety regs moving up to the 5mph crash bumper, the rear became rounded and rubberized just like the front to meet the regs. Sans chrome bumpers, this car presents nicely, particularly with its contrasting shiny rocker trim pieces. Purchased by our consignor in 1981 and then passed to his brother before coming home to roost in our consignor's garage, this Vette was well loved and benefitted from a respray in the original color and a drivetrain rebuild shortly after his initial purchase. A numbers matching engine and of course those sculpted looks from 1974 have this car embedded into classic as its genre.
The first year without the chrome bumpers and bowtie designers have taken rolling sculpture to another level. Curvaceous lines use hidden headlights, a shark-like open mouth front grille in black and front fenders that take on the feminine form to create the line of this car. Let's bathe all the fiberglass in an older respray of Medium Red, maroon if you will, just so it catches a few more eyes to look a few seconds longer. Slight cracking on the paint can be seen on the nose and some chipping appears on the sides in front of the rear tires. Sides are exaggerated coke bottle design, a Corvette cove within the front quarters, a removable T top in body matching Medium Red and the vertical rear glass framed on either side with the flying buttress B pillars and it's looking fine. The rear uses the Corvette round taillights although now they are deeply embedded into a roll over rear which is total neoprene and gives the required protection as per the 5mph crash law from 1974. Deep dish rally wheels are all dressed up and wrapped in wide Indy 500 raised white letter radials are on all 4 corners. The new definition of PONY car.
A sea of silver leather buckets, carpet, dash, and door panels, with just a few areas of added silver textured panels make up the original interior. Silver leather wraps the twin high back bucket seats and presents well but not without a few tears and overall age wear on the driver's cushions and bolsters. Original deeply sunk in round gauges front the steering wheel, center of dash, and even A/C is installed in the console controlled by horizontal wheels for temperature…modern! The 3-speed automatic transmission shifter is here as well. Just above is an aftermarket Corvette badged AM/FM/Cassette player and a series of 5 round gauges in a central panel with some upper warning lights. The passenger dash has a leather pouch for storage. Silver carpeting floods the floors and the T panels are showing no water leakage around the seals which are supple and shiny.
Lifting the front hinged hood, we see a reveal of the power plant for this curvy gal in the form of a 350ci V8 L48 mill. It is numbers matching and includes a single 4-barrel carb on top of all the orange goodness that is the block, valve coverings and intake manifold. On the back is a TH400 3-speed manual transmission, and the rear axle is set at an AW stamping code 3.08 ratio. All is clean and nice under here kids!
Some surface rust on the frame but overall, structurally sound with strong steel and solid fiberglass for the flooring. Independent coil spring front suspension with power disc brakes compliments a fully independent rear suspension with transverse leaf springs and power disc brakes. Very aero under here as white coated snake light headers pour down from the orange block and dual exhaust runs to the rear of the car with stock replacement type mufflers.
She fired right up and on the test track it performed beautifully. Nice smooth acceleration, smooth shifting and good brakes. It handles like it's on rails and the T top option is a nice feature without having to fuss with a canvas mechanism. All functions were working well during our test driving experience but we did notice a rough idle when we first started the car that did not go away once we were up to operating temperature.
A rounded rear version from 1974, in nice condition mechanically, a good solid interior, and just a few flaws on the fiberglass and neoprene. A known ownership history and well maintained here's your chance to get onto the game for little money. I'm not sure if you should frame it and put it into a museum or just drive and enjoy the heck out of it. I'd take the latter.
J-350ci L48 V8 4bbl 195hp
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
403043-Sequential Unit Number
B19-September 19th 1973 Build
TRIM 407-Silver Leather
PAINT 74L-Medium 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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