Solid original 1975 Corvette Convertible just acquired from the second owner who purchased the car from the original owner in 1977. Sold new in Ohio but has spent much of its life in Florida and always garaged. Well kept up and serviced and obviously a good car being that the second owner had kept the car for 38 years. Finished in the original color of Orange Flame with Medium Saddle Interior. The body on this car is very original and all of the gaps and body fit is very good. The car was repainted in its original color sometime ago and still shows well and looks very nice. The paint was done right and both the front and rear bumpers were replaced with the new "flex" style which fit better and look better not to mention will last much longer. They too fit nicely. The glass in the car is all original and does not show signs of scratches or nicks at all. All stainless trim around the windshield is in great shape. The paint has little to no nicks and would present itself well at any shows or cruise nights. The interior on the car is mostly all original except for the carpeting. The seats, dash pad and all gauges look nice and fresh with no wear or cracks. The instruments are all original and not only look nice but all work including the clock. The original radio works as well. The door panels show some age but are still very presentable however, I have ordered new door panels and they do go with the car. The car is just a great example of how one car has not only been maintained but still retains much of its originality. The car does retain its original matching numbers engine. Even the smog equipment is still on the car and although the catalytic converter was removed it was kept and does go with the car. The jack and lug wrench are still with the car along with the original spare tire, wheel and spare tire lock. The engine compartment has been basically untouched with the exception of the L-82 style valve covers, chrome master cylinder, and chrome air cleaner lid, which we have those original parts. The car not only looks well but drives excellent. Once you drive this Corvette you will be sold on it as it is one of the tightest 75's I have driven. No play in the steering and has plenty of power for that afternoon cruise. It is just an example of a untouched and virgin car when you have been around as many of these models as we have. I cannot stress that enough about this one! The wheels are newer 77 through 82 style aluminum ones with GoodYear Eagle GT 11 which were recently replaced with about 1,000 miles on them. The car shows 69,364 miles at which are actual. Everything works on the car including headlights, horns, windshield wipers, and even all buzzers. The fasten seat belt light even works when you start the car up! The instrument bulbs have been replaced with better LED style so when driven at night you will know a difference.
Recent mechanical things done to the car include new stainless sleeved brakes calipers and master cylinder, new right inner and outer wheel bearings, differential fluid changed along with transmission fluid, new spark plugs and the Astro Ventilation was all replaced with new seals and insulation. The maintenance has been kept up on the car and all documented in a 3 ring portfolio binder. If anything ever needed fix or rebuilt on the car the prior owner sure did it.
This Corvette does have both hard and soft tops. The hardtop was repainted along with the car and the rest of the weatherstrips and headliner look great including the original rear window glass, the softop is white vinyl and replaced several years ago and is still presentable but not perfect. Both tops fit exceptional on the car when all of the windows are rolled up.
The documentation on this car is incredible. I have both original build sheets. Yes two build sheets. Not only the "Tank Sticker" but also the one that was wrapped around the rear leaf spring. You seldom ever see this one as it usually fell off in transport or if ever driven much in inclimate weather it disintegrated. Both are very readable and in great shape for their age. Also I have the original warranty book with all of the original owners information. Even the vin stickers are still there as these were removed one at a time whenever brought into service for warranty. Also I have the original owners manual and many of the brochures such as the Tire warranty information, consumer information, passenger car information, and even some tags that were on the car when new. I also have a sales brochure and assembly manual that goes with the car. NCRS Shipping Data Report Included. The title history is in the portfolio which there are only two owners on the car. Originally sold new in Ohio but spent much of its life in Florida as the second owner relocated. There is also many receipts on things that were done to the car over the years such as the brake calipers replaced and a new radiator at one point. Odometer statement signed as well regarding the miles on the car.
The features and options on the car include:
L-48 350 C.I. V8 Engine (4BBl Carburetor)
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
J50 Power Disc Brakes
N40 Power Steering
A31 Power Windows
U05 Dual Horns
UF1 Map Light (on rearview mirror)
U58 AM/FM Radio, Stereo
Deluxe Leather Interior Trim W/Wood Grained Accents
3.08 Rear Axle Ratio
Aluminum Wheels W/GoodYear Tires
This Corvette was originally sold new at Swad Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio on August 1st, 1975.
This Corvette was built on Tuesday built on Tuesday June 17th, 1975.
This was the 31,965th car built out of 38,465 total produced that year.
Last year for the convertible and only 4,629 built.
Only 3,030 were finished in Orange Flame.
VIN # 1Z67J5S431965
For convertibles, third digit is a 6
Fifth digit in VIN "J" verifies this Corvette was an L-48 engine.
Engine Block Casting # 3970010
Engine Block Date F 19 5
Engine Pad Stamp 15S431965 V0612CHB
The 1975 convertible was for a time the "last", but convertibles returned in 1986. The last 1975 convertible was built in late July, 1975. This was the last Corvette convertible to cost less than its coupe counterpart. Catalytic converters first appeared in Corvettes with the 1975 model. Dual exhausts were routed to a single converter, then split for dual exit. Soft bumpers were redesigned structurally for 1975, and external appearance varied slightly from the previous year. The front bumper had an inner honeycomb core and simulated "pads" on the exterior. The rear bumper had inner shock absorbers for impact. The rear bumper skin was one-piece, unlike the two-piece 1974 unit.
High Energy Ignition (HEI) appeared first in Corvettes on 1975 models. Quite different from the transistor ignitions previously available, HEI included the Corvette's first no-points distributor. This also ended Corvette's distributor-driven tachometers. Starting in 1975, tachs were electronically driven. It was the first year since 1964 that only one engine displacement was offered. First year for the headlight warning buzzer and the last year for Astro Ventilation.
A nice example of a 1975 convertible Corvette that will appreciate in value for years to come.