1970 Chevrolet Corvette "Sting Ray" LT1 convertible
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1970 Chevrolet Corvette "Sting Ray" LT1 convertible
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In 1953 General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Corvette, the first American made sports car. It was a stylish two-seat convertible, built by hand and powered by a 235 cu.-in. 6-cylinder engine that generated 150 horsepower. After many decades of large, lumbering automobiles, GM decided that America was ready for a smaller, faster vehicle to compete with the European nameplates like Jaguar and MG.

Although sales climbed in 1954, they fell off dramatically in 1955 setting off rumors that the Corvette might be a short-lived automotive experiment. Zora Arkus-Duntov, an engineer on the Corvette team since 1953 and a former European road racer, set out to give Corvette better performance and better handling. Without his help, Corvette production would have been halted. Corvette's evolution into a 'true' sports car actually began in 1955 when a 265 cu.-in. V8 that generated 195 horsepower was offered. Driving a prototype V8-powered Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov set a new record at Daytona at just over 150 miles per hour. Meanwhile, Ford introduced the Thunderbird which outsold the Corvette by a ratio of 23 to one. To counter this, Corvette received its first major styling update in 1956 and a performance boost in 1957. The 283 cu.-in. V8 was modified with fuel injection to produce an unprecedented 283 horsepower. In 1958 the fuel-injected 283 cu.-in. V8 was producing up to 290 horsepower.

In 1960, Corvette production topped the 10,000 mark for the first time. It was now carving out a solid niche in the market and becoming a part of American culture. In each year between 1960 and 1962, performance and styling enhancements made it more and more appealing. In 1962, engine displacement was increased to 327 cu.-in. and top horsepower was up to 360.

In 1963, Chevrolet unveiled its all-new concept -- the "Stingray". This was the first time Corvette was available as a hardtop coupe as well as the traditional convertible. Both featured a streamlined appearance and improved passenger accomodations. It was the first year for concealed headlamps. The American public loved the Sting Ray because they were fast machines that looked supersonic even when parked. The Sting Ray was the automotive success story of the year. Chevrolet had to add a second shift to its St. Louis, Missouri assembly plant to keep up with demand, and dealers kept buyers waiting months for their cars to be built. By the end of the model year, Corvette production would surpass the 20,000-unit milestone. The Sting Ray continued the Corvette evolution through the mid-sixties.

Corvette received its most radical styling change in 1968. Bearing a striking resemblance to Chevrolet`s "Mako Shark" concept vehicle, it literally changed the way people looked at cars. The original high-performance LT1 engine, a 350 cu.-in. which generated 370 horsepower, was introduced in 1970. An outstanding example of the 1970 LT1 is presented here. It is a documented 'numbers matching' 4-speed manual transmission convertible with bronze paint, a black interior, and a white top. As you can see from the photos, it is a stunning automobile. This is a rare and desirable car as there are only 88 LT1 convertibles known to remain in existence.

The Corvette has a fascinating place in Americana. This sports car changed the landscape of the American road in the middle of the twentieth century. The post-war generation fell in love with the Corvette, and that love affair is still going strong.
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Product ID 75
Category Automobiles, Early Technology
Circa 1970
Condition excellent
Price 35000.00
Status Sold

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