Needs Nothing: 1975 Chevrolet Corvette – SOLD!
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September 19, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
August 20, 2022 Update – We just confirmed that the private seller of this ’75 Corvette replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. While the pictures and description remain pretty much the same, the seller decided to lower their asking price from $14,495 to $11,000. By his own admission, the seller is motivated to find a new home for their C3 to make room for another car recently purchased.
Like most car enthusiasts, I’m not a big fan of yellow rides. I’ve never owned a car painted yellow and likely never will. However, there is one exception. I’m a huge fan of C3 Corvettes painted Bright Yellow. Perhaps it’s the fact my first ride ever in a Corvette happened to be a bright yellow 1976 C3, but I think the color just looks right, bringing out all of the Stingray’s great curves. The seller of this Bright Yellow over Tan 1975 Corvette Coupe, originally listed in July 2022 on Craigslist in Wakefield, Rhode Island (Providence), makes the bold statement, “Needs nothing and is ready to enjoy.” While not the highest performance model year Corvette ever made, this is still a fun car to drive.
Currently offered for $11,000 (the original ask was $14,495), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for similar 1975 Corvettes sold within the past twelve months. By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the truck featured here:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $9,275 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $15,100.
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 Emulsion Alchemist YouTube Channel features this 1974 Chevrolet Corvette sales training video that provides perspective on how Chevrolet wanted to sell Corvettes by the mid-1970s:
Based on the pictures and the seller’s description, this 1975 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe is a driver-quality example that is ready to be enjoyed for the balance of the fair weather driving season.
Here’s the seller’s description:
Email for more details.”
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