Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This Teal Blue 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible needs a new home. It's a great hobby car, what with its swoopy good looks, vivid paint, and rumbling, crate 350/4-speed combination underneath, not to mention a top that goes down. Who wouldn't love such a beast in their garage? So, make this the year that you finally get into the game with this very affordable Corvette roadster.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for Corvettes, but this car looks fast just sitting still. Embodying all that's great about the C3 design: chrome bumpers, side pipes, a folding top, and a great color, it's also just right for cruising and having fun. Feel like taking the long way home from work? This is your ideal companion. It's happy to oblige, since it's not some over-restored trailer queen, but instead a nicely preserved, honest car that wears its minor marks with pride, because it has been driven and enjoyed. The fiberglass is in great shape with no noteworthy issues, so no worries in that department, and although the repaint was done several years ago (it was originally code 976 LeMans Blue, but the shade now is closer to Teal Blue), you'll never be ashamed to be seen behind the wheel. The front of the car has also been touched-up in recent years, so the shade may look a tad bit inconsistent in some light, but nevertheless this droptop still looks like a million bucks when it's cruising down Main Street. Gaps are great, and the doors shut neatly with that distinctive Corvette sound. The blacked-out side-exhaust pipes punctuate the car's high-performance look, and no matter where you go, you'll probably find that this car engenders respect for its performance capabilities.
A black interior is always the right choice with blue bodywork, and the Corvette delivered a state-of-the-art driving experience in 1969. The interior was always black in this C3 (ZQ4 vinyl), and although there are some signs of use here and there, everything is comfortable and presents well. The important stuff is all there, including an 8-ball topped chrome shifter managing the 4-speed between the seats and an upgraded Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo right in front of it that's ready to provide the open-air tunes. The factory gauges remain in original condition, with sharp markings and clear lenses, making the driver's seat a very enjoyable place to spend some time, and the auxiliary units in the center stack are original, too. And when the weather takes a turn for the worse, note that this car includes a black convertible top that seals up neatly, and stows away under the matching cover behind the buckets when the sun comes back out.
Tilt the hood forward and you'll find a swapped-in 350 V8 crate motor, pretty much dressed to stock like you'd see in 1969. It's a good-looking small block engine that was built to run, with blacked-out valve covers, a chrome air cleaner, and neatly organized accessories. It runs like the best small blocks do, with a snarky exhaust note compliments of the long-tube headers that feed into those aforementioned black side pipes, and great responsiveness thanks to the Edelbrock 650CFM carb and performance intake. Power steering makes this a very user-friendly Corvette, and a sporty suspension and 4-disc brakes ensure that you can take corners and stop as intended. The chassis shows no signs of trouble and plenty of evidence that this car has spent its life in a dry, warm climate. Rally wheels are always a fan favorite, especially wrapped in fat 255/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials at all four corners.
For a nice weekend toy, you can scarcely do better than a vintage Corvette. Reliable, fun, and affordable, this one is ready to follow you home. Call today!
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