Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
The sales brochure in 1969 claimed that the car had a gauge "for everything but your blood pressure". Tachometer, ammeter, oil pressure, sweep second rally clock, fuel gauge, mileage and trip odometer, warning lights for seat belts, headlight position and door ajar. The center console houses fingertip controls for the heater, defroster, radio, vents, ashtray, cigarette lighter, shift lever and parking brake, plus an engine rating plate and softly glowing space-age fiber optics that monitor outside running lights. Color-keyed deluxe push button seat belts and inertia action shoulder belts, on the coupe, retract out of the way when not in use. From slimline bucket seats, drivers enjoy just the right feel of the new competition steering wheel with a resilient rim.
For consignment, a bit of history as the car was originally purchased in the Chicago area with its original color being Daytona yellow. The customer wanted Monaco Orange so he had the dealership respray the car before it even left the lot. With a black vinyl interior, a 350ci V8, and a Muncie M20 tranny. A stainless rocker and removable T top, Badda Bing!
It's 1969 and this Corvette is bathed in Monaco Orange over the fiberglass moldings that make up the body. Bring on the french curve as this design utilizes some wonderful lines, has a retro throwback with the shark "gills" in the front quarter, and uses glorious chrome (soon to go away!). That chrome leads the way with a V shaped front bumper and surrounding grille supports, all in fair condition. The center snout of the car is currently under repair and not painted or filled. Stingray now one word is showing up in badging just above the "gills". Chrome window surrounds and side view mirrors are there too, and a stainless-steel rocker covering emphasizes the exaggerated coke bottle design of the sensuously curved sides. A T top which has removable with fiberglass panels works flawlessly and shows no leaks in back a vertical rear glass has the long "flying buttress" B pillars that gently land on the rear deck which is adorned with a chromed luggage rack underneath is the gas filler cap is in the very center. The back of the car leaves an impression also with the split chromed bumpers, round taillights and dual exhaust exiting from the roll pan on each corner. Some cracking and crazing can be seen on various panels in the paint, and a few areas of fiberglass chip off damage can be noted. 15 inch deep trim ringed rally wheels are on all 4 corners and all are wrapped with raised white lettered BFG Radial T/A's.
In wonderful contrast to the exterior Monaco Orange, we offer up a black vinyl covered sporty interior. This neat black first makes its appearance on the door panels. Neatly molded and sculpted with small striped, black/charcoal broadcloth center panels the lock turn knobs, door actuator, and armrest are housed here. Slipping into the high back thin design buckets we have smooth black leather bolsters and screen textured tuck and roll leather inserts. These chairs show some wear in the inserts with cracking and tearing on the seams, particularly the driver's seat. The center console with its padded armrest/storage lid, with the remainder of the console moving towards the dash in molded black plastic to cover the hump. Also here is the shift lever, handbrake, temp wheels, and ashtray surrounded in back plastic with shiny surrounding trimmings. These panels show some dirt and wear. Moving up from the console we have the radio which is a factory AM/FM system. Also 5 gauges are lined up above in a panel that monitors everything but your blood pressure (as the brochure says!). A nice black rally steering wheel with a trio of satin chromed center spokes which come together in the center and mount up with the black center steering column. An angled dash houses dual deep inset round speedo and tach as well as eyeball A/C vents, and a few simple pulls. Padded black vinyl covers the dash and dash top and is all in excellent condition. Black carpeting is on the floors, and this wraps up a very clean presentation...applause please for this sporty interior.
Under the hood is a very clean 350ci L46 V8. Our consignor states it may have been rebuilt but this cannot be confirmed, but now has a 327 intake. It sports an orange/red GM block and chromed valve coverings and a chromed air cleaner covering. Along with it is a numbers matching engine. A single 4-barrel carburetor is atop, and on back a non-original Muncie M20 4-Speed manual transmission. 3.36 gears are on the rear axle.
Slight wear and patina are seen underneath, but overall, a solid frame all steel undercarriage is looking great and mostly surface rust free. All independent SLA forged aluminum upper and lower control arms and a steering knuckle, transverse mono leaf spri
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