If you don’t want to pay big bucks for a new C8 and take delivery of your new mid-engine at the National Corvette Museum, you can still be treated like a king at the Museum through its “NCM Experience” program if you buy this 1974 Corvette coupe currently up for sale on eBay.
This Dark Brown Corvette was a one-owner car when it was donated by the original owner to the Museum in early 2014. Now proceeds from the sale of the car will help the Museum further its mission, according to Derek E. Moore, director of collections/curator of the NCM.
“We are thankful to the donor of this Corvette and have enjoyed it being in the collection for the past five years,” Moore said. “Money raised by auctioning this Corvette will be reinvested into the Museum’s collections; whoever purchases this Corvette is truly helping us further our mission.”
This Stingray is a nice original car, with just 34,434 miles on the odometer. The ’74 came at a time when Chevy was trying to upscale the Corvette into a touring GT, and along those lines, this one includes the custom interior package done in Saddle, with wood-grained door panels and console trim and carpeted lower door panels.
Mechanically speaking, the car has the desirable L82 350/250 engine hooked to a 4-speed manual transmission and features Corvette Rally wheels with Firestone white letter GR70-15 tires.
Historically speaking, the ’74 was a milestone for Corvette in that it was the first year to feature body-color, urethane bumpers on both ends. An easy way to identify this model year is that the rear bumper is in two sections, split down the middle, the only year for such a feature.
On eBay, the Museum reports this information about the car: “This Corvette is in overall good condition, showing just normal wear. There are soft spots in the passenger side fiberglass floor pan which have been highlighted in the photos. The paint is in overall good condition but shows areas of a repaint in spots. The interior is in good condition with normal wear from use. The car does not appear to have had a restoration or any major repairs. Interior light door switches are currently not working and the interior light fuse has been removed.”
One nice touch about the auction of the car is that the winner will also be rewarded with the NCM Experience, and speaking from personal experience with my 1997 and 2005 Corvettes, it’s a great feeling to be treated so well by the Museum staff. I’ll never forget rounding a corner and seeing my cars roped off and displayed on Corvette Boulevard!
The program includes a V.I.P. Museum tour, one-year individual membership to the Museum, a commemorative plaque, silver decal and a photograph in front of the Museum. The Experience Corvettes are also viewable on the Museum’s webcams.
As of this morning, the offer had climbed to $16,600, and bids come to a close on August 18 at 10:01 a.m. You can see a lot of details about the car by viewing 31 photos posted by the NCM.
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