1975 Corvette Stingray Convertible. This was the last year to see a Convertible model on a C3 Corvette and was not reintroduced until the 1986 model year. Only 4,629 convertibles were built in 1975 out of a total production of 38,465. This one is finished in Dark Red with Silver interior. These were the correct colors for this car according to the trim tag on the vehicle. Unusual contrasting colors at which the photos don’t do the car justice. This Corvette was purchased out of Illinois from a man that spent approx. $5,000 on the car just in the past couple of years. This includes a new radiator and hoses, new belts, new brake calipers, new shocks, new front coil springs, new vacuum hoses, rebuilt carburetor, rebuilt front end due to the age of the vehicle, new tires, and several other miscellaneous things to get the car in up and running condition. The car does run down the road smooth and drives out nicely. Since we have purchased this vehicle we have started a cosmetic detailing on the car and have on order a new black canvas soft top from Al Knoch Interiors, all new weatherstripping, new chrome L-82 style valve covers, new interior wood-grained accent trim on center console, the aluminum wheels will be polished out to a show shine finish, engine compartment details, and several other small details to bring the car to the next level.
The exterior of this Corvette is nice and presentable. The car has been repainted in the Dark Red color in a base coat clear coat finish and shows nice. Both the front and rear bumpers are new with the front one being the “flex” type of material which appears and feels as if it is the original type. Paint matches up nice and they both fit well. The exterior trim and emblems are also in nice shape and the window glass appears to be the originals with the date codes showing, all in nice shape with no chips or scratches. The convertible top is white and is in decent shape, we just like the look of the black canvas material and at which we have on order. The wipers, headlights, interior lights, back-up lamps all work and function properly.
The interior of this car is overall presentable and nice. The dash pad is excellent with no cracks or evidence of repairs. The steering wheel still has the grain like textured finish and all of the gauges look fresh and nice with no fading of the needles. The gauges do work with the exception of the clock. The original am/fm radio does still work as well. The leather seats appear to be originals which we are in the process of touching up with dye and giving the interior a refresh. The center console will have a new wood-grained accent trim which is supposed to be there and we will be restoring that to look new. The door panels and carpeting are in decent shape and do not need replacing at this time. The odometer shows 32,413 and is believed to be actual and represented to us as, however we do not have all original documentation to back that up so it is not guaranteed.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND CHASSIS:
The engine bay and chassis are clean and presentable and have had some detailing over the past few years. New belts and hoses, carburetor rebuilt, new shocks and springs, and tuned up to drive and enjoy. The car is a numbers matching engine and transmission and still retains the original ignition shielding and air breather. We have a new air cleaner weatherstrip seal and are in the process of locating the round oval ring that mounts onto the top of the air cleaner. The aluminum L-82 style valve covers have been added and we have since ordered a new set in chrome to finish off the engine bay.
The frame is good with no rot or heavy rust and the car has a correct jack and lug wrench as well as the spare tire and wheel. It has not been all disassembled and restored, but lightly detailed to look nice and clean.
FEATURES AND OPTIONS INCLUDE:
L-48 350 CI V8 Engine (Numbers Matching)
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
C60 Air Conditioning
N41 Power Steering
A31 Power Windows
J50 Power Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column
UF1 Map Light (On Rearview Mirror)
U58 AM/FM Radio, Stereo
Deluxe Leather Interior
Aluminum Wheels (Added)
Paint Code 74L = Dark Red
Interior Code 142 = Silver Leather
VIN # 1Z67J5S422845
The third digit in the vin # 6 designates the convertible model
The fifth digit in the vin letter J designated the L-48 base engine
This was the 22,845th Corvette built in 1975.
There were 38,465 Corvettes built in 1975 at which only 4,629 were convertibles.
This actual Corvette was built on Tuesday April 15th, 1975.
There were 3,342 Corvettes finished in Dark Red, a total of both coupe and convertible.
Included with this Corvette is an N.C.R.S. Shipping Data Report, owners manual and an original sales brochure, previous owner history with receipts that were spent on the items listed above, and a clear Missouri title with the miles stated on the car. We also have a few receipts of the things we have on order for the vehicle. The convertible top has to be specially made up and will take up to six weeks to arrive than install.
INTERESTING FACTS TO THE 1975 CORVETTE MODEL YEAR:
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 year. Dual exhausts were routed to a single converter, then split for a 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. Simulated pads like those of the front were also added to the rear.
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.
Optional engine choice for 1975 was limited to one, the L82. Not since 1955 was the Corvette customer’s choice so restricted. And it was the first year since 1964 that only one engine displacement was offered.
Kilometer-per-hour subfaces appeared on Corvette’s speedometers first in 1975; it was also the first year with a headlight warning buzzer. It was the last year for Astro Ventilation.
Custom interior trim like this one has included leather seat trim, wood-grained accents and lower carpet trim on inner door panels, wood-grained accents on console, and special cut-pile carpeting. Custom Interior Trim, which included leather seating, was available in black, silver, dark blue, medium saddle, and dark red.
This was the first year to use an internal bladder in the fuel tank.
Base price of a 1975 Corvette convertible started at $6,550.10.