American Build Quality: 1974 Chevrolet Corvette L82 4-Speed 33K Survivor – Sold!

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

As the last year with catalytic-converter-free true dual exhausts and the availability of the 454 cubic inch big-block V8, 1974 Corvettes like the example currently listed on Craigslist in New Hartford, New York is represent the end of era for Corvette.  The caretaker of the past sixteen years currently has his 33K original mile C3 priced at $19,999 or best offer, which relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide confirms he has his Corvette about $1,000 less than the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $20,900.  

Another item unique to the 1974 Corvette was the new two-piece urethane rear bumper.  While the softened rear-end design was well-received, molding limitations that first year forced Chevrolet to make the urethane skin in two sections with an unsightly seam bisecting the two.  By 1975, Chevrolet was able to manufacture the bumper in one piece, thus providing a much cleaner appearance.

With such low original miles, if this Corvette checks out during an in-person inspection, you could spend the balance of the winter preparing the car to drive to the nearest National Corvette Restoration Society (“NCRS”) to have the car judged in its “Survivor” class.  While the air conditioning will keep you comfortable, it appears this L-82 equipped four-speed C3 does not have power brakes or power steering (please correct us if we’re wrong!) so you’ll get a good arm and leg workout on the drive there.   Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“A rare find, my 1974 corvette runs and drives just like it has 33k original miles! I have owned it for 16 years and don’t find the time to drive it anymore. It has the enhanced L82 engine, 4 speed manual, all gauges work including original am/fm radio and has air-conditioning. T-Tops included. Serious inquiries only. $19,999 OBO​

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