1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
1975 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
“The Red Rocket”
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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 “The Red Rocket”
Just got it about a month ago for a graduation present. Took it to a few car shows, got quite a few looks. I plan on putting in a Shark Bite front and rear coilover conversion kit this winter when I take the car off the road. Can't wait to see what it will handle like!
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
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
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)
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 “The Red Rocket”
355 CiD, I'm guessing 300+ horses 400+ ftlbs. It's a rebuilt L-48 with .030 pistons (so a 355) Edelbrock performer intake, mild cam, heads from a 1970 corvette which were ported, holley 600cfm which is going to be upgraded to a holley 750cfm dominator. I'm not too sure about the 0 - 60 or the 14 mile but I maxed out the 160mph speedo and beat a few mustangs and camaros...
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 “The Red Rocket”
Power steering, power brakes, power windows... not much I can think of right now.
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 “The Red Rocket”
Pretty much everything was listed under specs... I do have an aftermarket stereo and speakers in it though :)
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