Corvettes are always in demand, and while there's a lot of guys who
prefer ultra-rare cars with pedigrees, there's a great deal more
fun to have with a car like this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
convertible with its numbers-matching L46 small block, 4-speed
gearbox, handsome color combination, and a very agreeable
The Fathom Green paint was done a few years ago, but there's no mistaking the brilliant shape of the all-new Stingray, which was unlike anything else on the road in the late 1960s. This one has an honest, clean look about it, not restored to concours levels, but not a car that has been abused and flogged, either. Instead, it has an earnest patina that is often appealing to collectors, and folks who see this car will recognize it for the piece of vintage sculpture that it is. The Fathom Green paint was a relatively rare factory color, and it still looks awesome on the swoopy fiberglass bodywork underneath. Speaking of fiberglass, the finish on the car is good, with no signs of previous damage and work done by guys who were familiar with the material and it really stands out in a sea of red 'Vettes at any show. Gaps are good, about what you'd get if today were 1969, and it looks fantastic going down the road. Chrome bumpers are a big plus for most enthusiasts, giving the all-American sports car some European flair, and it appears that all the brightwork is nice original stuff; more evidence that this is a clean original car. This 'Vette also sports a set of crisp, clear taillight lenses, chrome "gill" inserts, and correct Stingray emblems.
The standard code 420 Saddle vinyl interior is nicely restored, which is definitely a good thing. The seats wear seat covers that fit well and don't sag thanks to new foam underneath, while things like the door panels, carpets, and dash pad remain in excellent condition since the restoration. Factory instrumentation is comprehensive, with big, bold dials for the speedo and tach and auxiliary gauges in the center stack, and they all seem to be working. A factory AM/FM stereo remains in the center of the dash and it still uses those cool fiber-optic exterior lamp monitors, which is one of the C3's most innovative features. And, of course, the most entertaining feature is the 4-speed right in the middle of it all. It also includes a great-fitting convertible top that's in excellent shape, as well as a color-matched hardtop that's always a desirable upgrade on a Corvette.
Although the big blocks get all the attention, small block Corvettes are some of the best-driving performance cars you can buy, and they're a screaming bargain to boot! This one carries its original, numbers-matching L46 350 cubic inch, which makes an honest one horsepower per cubic inch. It also makes awesome V8 sounds that are threatening enough to keep the kids in their Hondas at bay, and the dressed-up 350 moves the car with real authority. There's a fairly substantial camshaft inside, so it has a lopey idle that sounds like horsepower it looks quite original throughout; nicely maintained, but not detailed for show. Linked to the aforementioned 4-speed, it's great for slicing through traffic or hammering down your favorite country road. A correct dual exhaust system that sounds great, and the chassis is solid and original, with no notable issues and quite a few new parts. Beautiful Rally wheels wear 225/70/15 rubber so it sits right and handles great.
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