Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1974 Chevrolet Corvette convertible represents something very unique and desirable. After all, this was the only year for the C3 split rear end and the swan song for the big block, and this convertible was given it all straight from the factory. So when something this significant also has its numbers-matching V8, four-on-the-floor, cold A/C interior, slick paint, color-matched hardtop, and so much more, you realize this is exactly how you want your Stingray.
The code-74 Medium Red gives this convertible instant distinction. After all, you get the boldness that comes with red, but with a deeper and more sophisticated tone. Plus, a professional respray gives this extra pop in the sunlight (which is exactly what you want on a sunshine-friendly convertible.) Great paint is essential on a 1974 Stingray because the body-colored nose section and the new form-fitting rear (a two-piece only for '74) give it a modern appearance where the deep red is nicely displayed. You can tell the level of care that has gone into this convertible just by the way the panels have the kind of alignment that will make you proud to drive it around town. Even the low odometer is believed to reflect actual mileage! Plus, they really took their time with the details, like newer bright rocker panels, great trim, full badging (including the one announcing the big 454 on the cowl hood,) and the iconic Rally wheel package. The black folding roof is crisp and looks nice against the dark red. Plus, the color-matched hardtop is an easy install when you want true distinction.
Of course, the way we know you'll really want to enjoy this one is with the top off. That's why the factory-correct black interior is ready to show off. Everything is crisp, clean, and dark, like a well expected Corvette should be. Of course, owning one of these is about more than just looking good. It's a driver's machine with high-back buckets, a grippy shifter, and a three-spoke sports steering wheel. Just ahead of that is the large dual pod gauges with speedo and tach. Just to the side is a full set of auxiliary readouts for a true sports car experience. And because the factory air conditioning has been upgraded to modern R134a, you know that you get to enjoy the high-performance top-down experience even in the summertime.
Collectors like the 1974 model because it was the last year for the big block motor. While less than 10% opted to have the monster V8 installed, we are happy to see the numbers-matching LS4 454 cubic-inch V8 under the hood. In fact, this is presented as a full numbers-matching vehicle that includes the transmission, rear end, alternator, windows, and all the others essentials are presented as correct. And that's exactly what you want when looking for a Corvette that you're going to proudly put in front of other Corvette people. But more than just collectability, this Corvette is meant to be driven. The big V8 has a great presentation with the bold orange block surrounded by polished pieces like the valve covers, air topper, and distributor shield. It inhales deeply through a proper Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor and exhales with authority out of a proper dual exhaust. And because you have the numbers-matching M21 close-ratio four-speed transmission, you're in complete command of this powerful big block. Plus, with a fully independent sports suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and wide BF Goodrich T/As, this is the collectable that will make you love adding miles to the odometer.
When you combine the desirable features of the 454 V8, four-speed, and factory A/C, it possibly brings the rarity down to less than 360 final-year big block convertibles ever made. That kind of significance means it also carries the right paperwork, like a reproduction window sticker, service manuals, build receipts, and maintenance records. You even have the original valve covers, air topper, and NCRS second flight award, if so desired. It all adds up to a Stingray with power and poise. So it you love a true stunner, call today!
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