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1972 Chevrolet Corvette

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When this car rolled into the showroom here at Streetside Classics, one of our co-workers said simply, "Corvettes don't get much nicer than this," and I'm inclined to agree. 1972 was the final year for the slender chrome bumpers front and rear, and while horsepower seemed to be down, that was entirely due to the change from gross to net measurement systems, not because of any hardware changes. This lovely '72 Stingray has been nicely restored to a level usually reserved for early cars with big block engines, and includes some nice options like factory A/C as well as a matching-numbers drivetrain. Reasonably priced Corvettes are out there, and there just can't be many nicer than this. The paint was refinished about 2,300 miles ago, and thanks to a lot of TLC throughout its life, the car needed no bodywork to achieve these results. Code 945 Bryar Blue is one of the less common colors for 1972, accounting for only 1617 units that year. The finish is handsome, not too light, not too dark, but a cool medium blue that looks great on the timeless Stingray shape and might be compared to modern Nassau Blue on some of the newer Corvettes. All the panel gaps are factory correct, and there's a lot less orange peel in the paint than you received in 1972, thanks to careful prep and a good amount of time invested in buffing the finish. And when it comes to C3s, you're either a chrome bumper guy or a rubber bumper guy. This one sports the original style chrome units, which nicely compliment the egg crate grilles up front. With this owner, the chrome was clearly a must-have, as the chrome on this car is top notch. The stainless appears to be all original, and even the accessory luggage rack on the rear deck is a bright, shiny chrome finish with no issues. As a well-maintained original car, the line between the original components and new pieces is blurry, but that's a good thing. The entire interior shows just the right amount of patina, and it's very difficult to determine what has been replaced. We know the door panels and seat covers are new, and perhaps even the carpets, which are protected by a set of matching black rubber floor mats. The gauges are all crisp and their lenses are scratch-free, more proof that someone cherished this car from day one. The center console is excellent, and houses the shifter for the 3-speed automatic, as well as an unusual AM/FM radio, which was still something of a novelty in 1972. The A/C blows ice cold thanks to a recent R134a upgrade, although you'll want to pull the T-tops off every chance you get to enjoy open air motoring. This car also features a removable rear window, so the experience is almost like that of a roadster for half the price. The engine is the original, matching numbers ZQ3 350 cubic inch V8, which was the base engine in 1972. Nevertheless, it makes an impressive 360 pounds of torque and moves the Corvette with enough potency that most cars are still advised to leave it alone. The engine bay shows signs of loving care throughout its life, and though much of it has been restored and the engine rebuilt, the condition of the inner fenders and firewall suggest that this car has always been clean. Wearing a fresh coat of Chevy Orange paint, the engine really stands out, and details like the chrome air cleaner and ignition shield add a lot of eye candy. With just under 1100 miles on the rebuild, the small block V8 runs beautifully, starting almost instantly and happily running through the rev rage every chance it gets. Power steering and brakes make it a pleasure to drive, and all the major components are either new or rebuilt, ensuring a long, reliable life ahead of it. And if you have concerns about this car's authenticity, have a look underneath, where you'll find a solid, original chassis with no issues or warning signs. The original TH400 3-speed automatic still shifts the gears, and a new dual exhaust system was installed during the rebuild. Floors are solid, the brakes are rebuilt, and the fuel system has been freshened, making this a car that you can drive anywhere with confidence. And I have to say that while most Corvettes wear Rally wheels, I really like the wheel covers on this one, which are correct and seldom seen, and it rides on a fresh set of 215/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials. Clean, honest Corvettes don't get much nicer than this, especially if you're the kind of guy who likes to just jump in and go. This is a very clean, well-maintained car with barely 2,300 miles on it since the extensive restoration work was complete. Thanks to the rumbling small block under the hood, it's a party to drive, and there aren't many cars that will generate more attention than this one on a warm summer day. With a setup like this, you can also fire up the A/C and head cross country, because C3s make fantastic long-distance cruisers with their comfortable ride and reasonable storage behind the seats. This one represents a lot of fiberglass for not a lot of money. Call today!

Reference Number 129751

as of 9/6/2012

Car 1972 Chevrolet Corvette
VIN 1Z37K2S508504 
Mileage 98,975 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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