1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 400 from North America
Typical issues from lightly driven older Corvettes.
In Corvette Shop during last remainder of winter, performed some of the following to date... mostly upgrading and going through mechanicals to be safer.
New stainless brake system and lines.
Flushed all fluids - switched to synthetic oil.
New tie rods; previous owner.
Rear fiberglass rear leaf; previous owner.
HEI; previous owner.
New radiator; previous owner.
400 Decked motor Edelbrock High Rise and Carb 350 HP+; previous owner.
Long tube headers; previous owner.
Rebuilt 4 speed shifter moved up a notch to short throw shifter retain stock appearance.
New aluminum fan.
New convertible latches.
Recent interior previous owner.
New sound system with CD stock opening and no cutting anywhere; sounds great even with the top down.
This is the 3rd Corvette I have owned, and my second C3. I also currently own a C5 Convertible Automatic, which is stock except for stainless Magnaflow, new intake.
Owning convertibles, you get hooked and most of the time my cars have them down. I initially searched and drove a lot many nights and weekends looking for a decent chrome bumper car very solid (C3) convertible with 4 speed and with a good frame. I wanted a manual car as I currently have an automatic and another earlier Corvette convertible. Finding T Top cars is easier to locate with manuals, but not convertibles in my area. I looked at quite a few cars 69-72, and then ran across a 74 dark brown (still in original paint) urethane bumper convertible. These are quite low production as nearly all were T Tops and automatics.
I also wanted a C3 Vette with over 300 HP and stock motor was removed prior. My C5 has a lot of power and it's hard going to a low HP car. The 2 cars are totally different, and my suspension on the C3 is now vastly improved as well. The 74 has been taken out and it is quite fast.
Exterior looks stock, but the motor gives it away. I was looking for something a bit different from being in many Corvette shows with my C5. I am looking forward to getting this one out soon when the weather breaks. These cars really need to be kept in a garage, and having 2 convertibles really looks cool together. The C5 is a really great car with virtually no issues. It is going to be hard this summer to pick which one I want to take out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th March, 2010