The C3 Corvette is considered one of my all time favourite U.S. automotive designs. Certain the C2 vehicles are a extra iconic design, however the C3 is of my era and I nonetheless bear in mind seeing these vehicles after they had been new and pondering how cool they regarded, one thing laborious to say about many U.S. vehicles of the period. The C3 has an actual European-like design and when you squint your can simply see how the C3 design was influenced by vehicles such because the Ferrari 250 GTO. To my eye, the perfect period for the C3 was from 1969-1972. I pass over the unique 1968 editions as a result of the truth that the automotive was not absolutely baked till 1969, when the door buttons had been changed by the slick door handles that integrated the latch within the deal with itself. It’s these little issues that make a distinction to me and that small change made the automotive excellent.
This 1969 Corvette was additionally the period the place efficiency was king, and you might get a C3 Corvette with a myriad of engine, gearbox, and rear finish choices. This made these early C3s the final true excessive efficiency Corvettes we’d see till the mid-Eighties.
Our AutoHunter Highlight is for this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette coupe which is supplied with its unique and numbers-matching L68 427cid tri-power V8 with 400HP and 460 ft/lbs of torque backed by a Muncie M20 four-speed handbook transmission (you might nonetheless get this superior mixture in 1969).
It’s a effectively optioned automotive and consists of energy steering and brakes, air con, a tilt and telescoping steering column, rebuilt carburetors, and detachable roof panels. The automotive is painted in Cortez Silver with a black vinyl inside.
There’s much more to love about this Corvette as the vendor states that the automotive nonetheless has its unique factory-applied paint in Cortez Silver (code 986), although they add that some paint touch-up work has been carried out on the rear. Being a 1969 Vette, it nonetheless options chrome bumpers and the nice trying aspect vents with chrome trim. It additionally has the long-lasting C3 hide-away headlights, a big-block hood, color-keyed detachable roof panels, twin mirrors, and a rear-mounted antenna. The vendor provides that the unique baggage rack has been eliminated and the holes have been crammed with black plugs.
Let’s transfer on to the inside. The seats had been not too long ago reupholstered in appropriate black vinyl and it additionally has new black carpeting. The promoting supplier provides that the windshield wipers don’t operate and the air con system doesn’t blow chilly.
The automotive options its iconic sprint with a 160-mph speedometer, a 7,000-rpm tachometer, a clock, and gauges for the gasoline degree, coolant temperature, oil stress, and battery positioned forward of the motive force. The odometer reads 63,136 miles, which the promoting supplier studies to be correct.
As said earlier, this 1969 Corvette is powered by its unique and numbers-matching L68 427cid V8 outfitted with tri-power and backed by the numbers-matching Muncie M20 four-speed handbook transmission. Options embrace chrome valve covers and an air cleaner. The promoting supplier states that the carburetors had been rebuilt, a compression leak-down check was carried out, the spark plugs had been modified, and the engine mounts had been changed 868 miles in the past.
This 1969 Corvette is one to purchase as an funding and in addition make a quick and enjoyable automotive to drive. Capable of be proven or used repeatedly, the enjoyable available with this automotive is virtually limitless.
The public sale for this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe ends on Friday, July 21, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (PDT)