The 1973—1982 C3s carried the federally mandated 5-mph bumpers. Leather trim became standard, and this was the last year for the small, fixed rear window. All 1971 Corvettes ran on unleaded fuel. All the chapters in each manual come with helpful tables, graphs, photos and illustrations that are easy to follow and understand. The dual exhaust was routed into one pipe that fed into the converter and exited into dual mufflers.
It was redesigned in 1969 and became the Manta Ray and traveled the show circuits for several years. A new hood was introduced that eliminated the troublesome pop-up windshield wiper door. He retired from this position in 1975 at age 65. The 1975 Corvette was the first to be equipped with a single catalytic converter for emissions control. The bumper consisted of a steel beam bolted to the frame and covered with a soft rubber nose painted body color. The L88 was discontinued, and this was the last year for high-compression engines that ran on leaded fuel.
I would prefer an 1980 over a 1981 unless one could be found at a very low price. The team left a note on the windshield telling the owner what happened and that he would get his radiator back after the race. The four wheels were supported with a steel temporary spare tire. The split window disappeared in 1964, but the aerodynamic problem remained until the C3 was introduced in 1968. Louis, Missouri, in 1954 and remained at this location until August 1, 1981. Back in my high school days in the 1980s, my friends and I would sit outside the school after football practice, waiting for our parents to pick us up. During this time, the Corvette earned a fanatical following and iconic status.
The steering wheel was reduced from 16 to 15 inches in diameter, and the key switch was moved to the steering column and featured a steering-wheel lock. The Corvette is in a league of its own. Mitchell made it roadworthy and drove it to work!. Prices tend to be higher for this year because they were the first C3s built. This model year is identical to the 1978 except the 1978 clamshell pace car seats became standard in all 1979 Corvettes.
They all survived and this Grand Sport 004 is part of the Collier Foundation museum. Take it from a guy who's done a lot of suspension work on Italian cars - that's a phenomenal price. This makes them less desirable to collectors. During these years a total of 542,870 C3 Corvettes were built, but only a small percentage of them can be considered collector cars. All 1978 cars had special 25th Anniversary badges.
Find out about all the inner workings of the suspension, wheels, tires, driveline, engine and braking system. Styling worked on a major revision for the 1956 Corvette. Corvette production began shortly after the show. His first breakthrough was fitting the new 265-ci small-block engine into a Corvette. The Chevrolet small-block V-8 is a consistent performer that is inexpensive to maintain, and while the C3 is perhaps a little nose heavy, it still handles reasonably well. Overall, this is a good project car if you can find a rust-free example with no body damage.
The 1980 cars are very comfortable to drive, and the new front and rear bumper caps give the car a sleeker, more aerodynamic look. Private collectors now own both of these classic Corvette race cars. The frame rails were thinner. To that end, the following is information about each one of these 14 model year Corvettes. This model looks identical to the previous two and would make a good project car if you want chrome bumpers. Many C3 owners have installed these very popular systems on later third-generation Corvettes. There has been and will be a strong and flourishing restoration industry for the third-generation Corvette.
Over the course of 14-year production run of the third generation, more than a half-million Corvettes were built. Two engin displacements, 327 or 427 ci, were available. He has authored the High-Performance C-5 Corvette Builder's Guide. Many Corvettes have been driven aggressively during their lifetime while others have not been properly stored nor maintained. Walt Thurn's new book - How to Restore Your C3 Corvette 1968-1982 has everything you will need to do a first class restoration of your beloved Corvette. A removable rear window like the one on this coupe was only available from 1968 to 1972.