Corvette C3 Convertible
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- Manual gearbox
- Fantastic colour scheme
- Previously restored
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The success story of the Corvette (The All American Sportscar) gets a new chapter when the C3, the third model, is introduced in 1967. A rugged design that can immediately and without a doubt be labelled as a tough muscle car. Even at that time. Little chrome, a line that more than ever resembles the classic bottle of Coca Cola and big engines: a new success for the brand was born.
1969 was the first year in which the 350 cu was delivered. There were two flavours: 300 hp and 350 hp, where we can report the good news that this is the second variant, the L46. This 5.7 litre V8 is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, so we can guarantee you that this Corvette will provide a lot of fun. We Europeans sometimes have the prejudice that there is ‘no pace’ in those big Americans, but a sprint to 96 km/h (60 miles per hour) in 6.4 is anything but childish in 1969!
This Fathom Green Corvette was first registered in 1969 and is a ‘model year 1970’ presented in that year, with Stingray logos on the front wings and modified door panels. Just like the paint colour, the interior is also the original colour, Saddle (colour code 420). A rare combination that works surprisingly well for the Corvette. For years, a C3 was especially popular in bright, intense colours, but now the American is really becoming a classic and more luxurious, subdued colour combinations are becoming increasingly sought after.
Walking around this Corvette you can quickly conclude that it is very neat. In the past, the Corvette has already been given a new coat of paint in the original colour and this can be called tidy. The few body seams are nice and narrow and even and the doors close nicely and easily. The dark green color makes the chrome, which is subtly present, stand out very nicely compared to the C2. Also very nice are the 17” American Racing wheels in the original Rally design, but then 2” larger and light metal instead of steel.
The interior is also neatly in order. The upholstery has already been renewed, again in the original and correct colour. The dashboard and the door panels are all still very neat. Options included electric windows and headrests, one of which provides extra comfort and the other for some extra safety. The latter especially at that time, nowadays few people will feel immortal because of headrests that reach up to the shoulder blades.
Where the dashboard of the C2 still had a kind of Jukebox appearance, the C3 is all a lot less shiny chrome and aluminium. Two large, fairly low-set large meters behind the wheel and a group of small information providers in a black plastic panel in the centre of the dashboard. Even further to the right, handy inserts ensure that small luggage remains in the interior and is not carried away by the wind.
One of the favourite controls can be found in the centre tunnel: the gear lever for the gearbox. Four forward gears each provide a firm push in the back.
The ‘Vette’ drives like a Vette should drive, with the loud thunder of the V8 and very pleasant driving characteristics that balance between sporty and comfortable. The 5.7-litre eight-cylinder is very sharp, which is perhaps partly explained by the Edelbrock 2116 Performer Manifold that provides extra torque in the low and mid-high revs and improves throttle response. Of course, we have not driven this car without this upgrade, but it is clear that the car is fit!
The combination of the colour and the version with manual transmission make this a very desirable C3. If you still need that last push, we cordially invite you to come to Brummen, because it is even more beautiful in real life!
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