C3 Corvettes are one of the best bargains available, and still have chrome bumpers and the higher compression 350 small-block that went away in ’71. These cars can have comfort power features & A/C and are in a much more affordable price bracket than C2s. Cheaper insurance and less to worry about, so you can actually drive it!
This numbers-matching, fully-documented Daytona Yellow coupe was well-optioned when new, with power steering, brakes and windows, plus tilt wheel and removable rear glass for a fully-open roadster feeling when the tops are stowed in the back, but with the safety of a top structure. It looks great on the deep-dish Rally wheels with correct-size lettered radials.
The last owner (an FAA aircraft technician) did a tremendous amount of restoration work to the chassis with new springs & shocks, Spicer U-joints and Moog ball joints and suspension bushings to compliment the great drive resulting from a rebuilt steering box & new power steering cylinder, hoses and valves.
Hubs were rebuilt with new bearings & races, plus new brake rotors & pads front and rear with new stainless brake lines. He even had all the drive shafts, control arms and suspension bead blasted and powder coated—the underside of the car looks as great as the top!
The interior was treated to new sound deadening, front carpets, new console, a new period-look radio with mp3/phone connection, all gauges removed, cleaned and fitted with new bulbs. The door panels were re-insulated and all window rollers & regulators cleaned and lubricated. Of course, the transmission received a fluid and filter service plus new seals. All of this was topped off by completely redoing the A/C system with new hoses, expansion valve and is freshly recharged. There are lots of C3s that have been ‘restored’ to look good sitting at Cars & Coffee, but very few have had all this ‘behind the scenes’ work done to make them actually drive and feel like a Corvette should. It is evident from our photo gallery that the car is nicely detailed and correct under the hood, and the paint was very well done. There might be a full NCRS/Bloomington C3 out there that’s a whisker better, but it’ll cost a lot more than this one.