1970 Corvette Coupe. Stored in 1980 & just pulled out and offered for the first time in 32 years !
Here's the history of this great Corvette !
The story began in 1970 when a young bride and groom in Fairfield, Illinois bought a NEW 1970 Corvette for their wedding and subsequent honeymoon. They left the church that night and drove to Lake Louise in Bannf, Alberta Ca. Honeymooned there and then off to California to see the beaches they had always heard of, and maybe see the Beach Boys singing in concert. This was their car, their vessel, to travel Route 66 and live the American Dream.....Life was good for the next 10 years. She taught high school and he managed a construction co. In 1980 he was killed in a construction accident, & she parked that car in the garage at their house, and it never moved again for 30 years.
Over the next 30 years, a constant stream of hopeful buyers went to her door trying to buy the car, but she could not part with it (way too many memories)...A nephew of hers finally got title to the car in 2011..Being a prior customer of Ethan's (our stellar shop manager and Corvette restoration guru and car lover), He came and offered it to us in September 2012, the garage space was needed for someone else. She was selling the house and retiring to somewhere warm.
Realizing that he did not have the resources to do anything with the car, he offered it to us and we accepted. The car though was still in the garage with 4 flat 1970's bias belt tires, frozen brake calipers, no battery and a worthless fuel tank. As we were loading it onto the trailer, a 40-ish policeman pulled up and said "you know you are breaking a hundred hearts of guys who tried to buy this car, including myself" In talking with him I learned he was the neighbor boy whom had tried to buy it since he was 16, but the owner(the wife) did not want to see it driving around her home town because of the memories ( he validated the story that the nephew had told us).
We paid a handsome price for it , but it is a 4spd, air-conditioned 1970 Corvette with the factory drop out and store rear window...Let the restoration begin..Wayne (our head wrench) installed 4 new brake calipers, new fuel tank, new freeze plugs, thermostat, flushed the cooling system 4 times, changed all other fluids,rebuilt the original starter, added a new battery, installed 4 late model radial tires, etc etc etc.. THEN THE MOMENT OF TRUTH .. depress the clutch(safety feature in 1970) turn the key and "VOILA"..THE VETTE starts and runs excellent. A fabulous resurrection.
I drove it through the parking lot and down Apple Shed Road and back, everything was on the path to a fabulous restoration of the rarest of the chrome bumper c-3 models, the 1970 model (lowest production year due to the 6 month strike at the Corvette plant) So now she is in our shop awaiting either a new owner, or our restoration prowess.
This car has great potential for a customer restoration. If not, see it completed on our website in the spring, that is unless someone else sees it before we start. TONY GRIFFITH OWNER AND CHIEF RETRIEVER OF VINTAGE VETTE'S
Numbers matching 350 - 300 HP engine with a 4 speed and Factory Air Conditioning ! This is the factory high compression engine with great performance.
Frame is in good condition with no major rust issues. We are currently cleaning and detailing the chassis. We have the front bumper and will install it soon.
We are installing a new windshield in our Restoration Shop this week.
Interior is stock and could use new carpet and detailing.
Finished, this Chrome Bumper Classic should bring over $20,000!
Call now to snag this great, running, driving project.
Update - We have stripped the old paint and are filling a few scratches, nicks and seams. Soon, this excellent body will be ready for priming and paint. Call now to specify if you want it in primer or if you prefer our Restoration Team to paint it the original Classic White or other color (at extra cost).