By 1974, the Corvette was long on looks but short on performance.
The owner of this car currently up for sale on Facebook Marketplace calls it “an amazing opportunity” to pick up a classic Stingray for just $8,000.
While the price sounds good compared to the cost of a brand new Stingray, the consensus of opinion on the internet isn’t so favorable. “$4000 is all the money for this – you can buy one you can drive home today for less than $8000,” one person commented on Barn Finds, where this car was also featured.
While we think it’s hard to beat the styling of the ’74 to ’77 Corvette, especially with the luggage rack on the back (a controversial touch among enthusiasts), the fact is that this particular car has seen better days.
It’s said to have been driven just 47,000 miles, but based on the visual condition from the photos provided in the ad, this car has been “rode hard and put up wet,” a saying quite appropriate considering it’s for sale out of the Fredericksburg, Texas area north of San Antonio.
We’re a little concerned that the rear bumper – which should be two pieces on an actual ’74 – is actually a one-piece bumper you’d find on a ’75 to ’77 model. Has the car been rear-ended at one time and repaired, or did a previous owner just decide to replace the original bumper with an aftermarket version? On a car this old, it might be hard to determine.
We also wish this car had the more powerful big block 454 engine that made 270 horsepower, but it doesn’t. On a positive note, we’re told that the car does have a built 350 motor that “runs amazing,” but because the owner has not drained the old fuel, he “will not fire it off.” Furthermore, he says if he does drain the fuel and fire it off, he’ll just keep the car for himself. So there! Would you plunk down $8,000 not knowing for sure how this car actually runs? I don’t think so.
Notably, the radiator and spark plug wires are missing, though they could be in the “2 boxes of parts” said to be included with the purchase price.
As for the interior, no photos are provided, but if this car is a true 47,000-mile survivor, as claimed, it could still be in good condition. That remains to be seen whether the odometer has actually tripped over a couple of times, which is entirely possible based on the way it looks.
What would you do? Run for the nearest door, or take on the challenge of bringing this classic C3 back to life?
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