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Cars > Challenges > “74Shark” Vs “4FIFT4”

 

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1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

“74Shark”

1974 Chevrolet Corvette 454 - Stingray

“4FIFT4”

 
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About “74Shark”

1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY COUPE
Mille Miglia Red - Black interior

1 of 12,346 4-speeds of 37,503 1974 Corvette production
Production date: December 1973

350 CID (5.7 L) V8 - 4 Barrel Quadrajet - Dual Exhaust
4-Speed Manual Transmission

I wanted a red 4 speed coupe. This was a numbers-matching car, purchased with 86k miles January 2010 upstate NY, about 300 miles from my Long Island, NY residence. I took a bus there and drove it home.
The first owner ('74-'02) had the original engine overhauled.The car was refinished in its original color, Mille Miglia Red. The interior was original. The car was garaged its entire life and not driven in winters.
The second owner ('02-'09) had a new clutch and new BF Goodrich T/A tires installed. Headlight retractors and front and rear bumper covers were also replaced.
I had new rear brakes, a new brake line, and a failed ignition switch installed.
At the 2010 Corvettes at Carlisle in Pa. the car was on the showfield at the C3 Registry site and participated in the downtown Carlisle parade of 400 Corvettes and an American flag display of 155 Corvettes (see blog below).
On Feb 6, 2013 the car was destroyed from an engine compartment fire during a short trip while in the shop. R.I.P.

About “4FIFT4”

This is a 2 owner, 60,000 mile, California car. It looked pretty sad when it came out of the container, mainly due to an extended period of storage. However, it cleaned up to be an honest, unmolested car. It's had a repaint at some time, but is still the factory color. 1974 was the last year of the big block, and my car was built in the last week of production. Very cool to own.

 

Specs for “74Shark”

Dimensions - Capacities
Length: 185.5 in
Width: 69 in
Height: 47.8 in
Wheelbase: 98 in
Front track: 58.7 in
Rear track: 59.5 in
Oil capacity w/filter 5 US Qt
Fuel capacity: 18 US Gal
Curb Weight: 3395 lbs

Powertrain:
Cast-Iron Cylinder Block / Cast-Iron Cylinder Heads
Engine manufacturer: Chevrolet
Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Cylinders alignment: V 8
Valves per cylinder: 2
Additional features: Rochester 4MV 4-barrel; dual exhaust
Displacement: 5733 cm3 / 349.8 cui
Bore: 101.6 mm / 4 in
Stroke: 88.39 mm / 3.48 in
Compression ratio: 8.5 : 1
Power net: 195 hp (SAE net) / 4400
Torque: 275 ft-lb / 2800

Drivetrain:
Gearbox: Muncie M20
Transmission type: manual
Number of gears:4
Gear ratios (overall):
I 2.52 (8.47)
II 1.88 (6.32)
III 1.46 (4.91)
IV 1 (3.36)
Final drive ratio std: 3.36

Weight Dist: f/r - 47.8% / 52.2%
Steering - Rec. Ball - 2.9 turns lock to lock
Suspension:front - Fully Independent-coil springs, sway bar
Suspension:rear- - Fully Independent-leaf spring
Brakes:front - 11.8" vented Disc
Brakes:rear - 11.8" vented Disc
Wheels - 8.0" x 15
Tires - GR70-15 Radials (5)

Performance:
0-60 6.8 sec*
Standing 1/4 mile 15.20 sec @ 93 mph*
Top Speed 121 mph*
70-0 mph 198 ft. (0.83 G)*
Fuel economy 14.5 mpg*
*Hi-Performance Cars -Sept.'73 (L48 350 / 4-Speed)

Car and Driver Readers Choice Poll - 1974
"Best Sports/GT Category III": Chevrolet Corvette
"Best All-Around Car": Chevrolet Corvette

Specs for “4FIFT4”

454 cubic inch
T-Top Coupe

 

Factory Options for “74Shark”

1974 Corvette Stingray Coupe 6,001.50

C50 Electric Rear Window Defroster 43.00
C60 Air Conditioning 467.00
J50 Power Brakes 49.00
N41 Power Steering 117.00
QRZ White Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 45.00
U69 AM-FM Radio 173.00

Total Suggested Retail Price 6,894.50 (+ Destination Charge)

Factory Options for “4FIFT4”

Air Conditioning
Power Windows
Standard Interior Trim
Tilt/Tele Steering

 

Mods for “74Shark”

Holley 4360 4bbl Carburetor (first owner)
BF Goodrich 225/70R15 Radial T/A Tires - Raised White Letters
(current tire spec-equivalent to original size)

-Rochester Quadrajet 4bbl Carburetor (stock, #s/date-correct, rebuilt) installed January 2013

Mods for “4FIFT4”

Electronic Ignition

 

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Points for 74Shark Total Votes Points for 4FIFT4
40 15 35

 

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