1 OF 310 454 'VETTES IN '74, NUMBERS MATCH, RECENTLY REBUILT, FACTORY BUILDSHEET
Some say performance was over by 1972 but this 1974 Chevrolet Corvette convertible suggests otherwise. Packing its numbers-matching 454 with plenty of grunt, loads of factory options like a removable hardtop and power windows, and a timeless color combination that will never go out of style, this Corvette proves that big performance was definitely part of the package in 1974.
While white may not be as exciting as Bright Yellow or Mille Miglia Red, you can't argue with the clean, understated good looks of this Corvette, and code 10L Classic White is indeed its original color, which purists will appreciate. Five years ago, the bodywork was restored to a very good standard, with great gaps and fantastic surface prep that makes the white really pop and emphasize the Corvette's seductive shape. Given that this is a rather rare piece with its big block powerplant, they decided against any kind of customization and instead returned it to factory spec, and the results are probably better than new in many ways. Details like a chrome luggage rack give it a crisp, fresh look that looks great going down the road, and if onlookers are paying attention, they might just notice the small '454' badges on the hood. Add in a removable hard top and it makes this roadster an all-weather cruiser.
Of course, nothing goes with white like a Saddle leather bucket seat interior, and the upholstery in this car is in excellent condition with original components throughout, although the door panels, carpets, and dash pad have been replaced and look great. Code 416 Saddle compliments the white bodywork with an upscale look that's more interesting than basic black and a lot easier to handle when the top is down and the sun is hot. The gauges are in great condition showing only slight signs of aging, and the carpets are protected by a set of matching carpeted floor mats. Power windows are always useful in a convertible, and this car also features a quick-shifting automatic transmission, an AM/FM stereo radio, and a snug fitting white convertible top to go with the hardtop.
Power comes from the original, numbers-matching LS4 454 cubic inch V8. With 270 horsepower on tap, it's not a screamer, but the low-end grunt is still impressive today. Rebuilt 1500 miles ago, it was upgraded with a mild cam inside, so there's a bit more than 270 horses available today, and the goal was to make it completely drivable and reliable. Dressed like a stocker, it's got a correct cowl induction air cleaner, armored spark plug wires (HEI was added), and Chevy Orange paint on the block and valve covers. Tidy and clean, it's perfect for a Corvette you're going to drive and show on weekends, and there's simply nothing as reliable (or as fun) as a big block in a Corvette. It's backed by a heavy-duty TH400 3-speed automatic driving the stock Corvette rear end, which has highway-friendly gears inside that make this Corvette an easy cruiser that never seems to work very hard. The floors are extremely clean with lots of new parts on the chassis and the new exhaust system sounds amazing with a great big block snarl. The brakes are firm and confidence-inspiring, and it rolls on a set of always-handsome Rally wheels and white letter performance radials.
If you haven't experienced the pure awesomeness that is a Corvette convertible, I highly recommend getting into the game with this lovely Classic White roadster. Find out for yourself how much fun owning a Corvette can be. Call today!
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