By 1975 C3 Stingray Corvettes hit a low point in performance. Chevrolet even advertised the car as “a more efficient Corvette” as they were able to extend service intervals due to the new “HEI electronic ignition. 1975 was the first year for the Corvette to have catalytic converters and due to expected supply issues of the new technology, Chevrolet opted to route the engine’s dual exhaust pipes to a single converter and then split again leading to dual mufflers and tailpipes. These changes caused the base L48 350 cu in V8 to only 165 hp. Despite the power drop, and the popularity (at the time) of the now integrated one-piece soft bumpers both front and rear, Corvette production topped out at 38K units for the 1975 model year, nearly 9,000 of which were convertibles. This would mark the last year for a Corvette convertible until Chevrolet reintroduced the body style on the C4 in 1986.
The Classic White over Fawn 1975 Coupe presented here is a two-owner, 19.3K mile “survivor” that features a rare 4-speed close-ratio manual transmission mated to the base L48 350 V8. Additional desirable options include Power Windows and the Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel. The original fawn leather interior is in excellent shape however the exterior paint shows a number of flaws from ten feet away.
We first featured this Malaise Era Corvette in December 2018 for sale on Craigslist when the second owner asked for it $13,500 in Flemington, NJ.