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Old 01-18-2013, 09:22 AM   #151
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We are retiring in 1-2 years and I may take that opportunity to get another sports car. Might be a good time to pick up a 3 year old car.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:56 PM   #152
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:36 PM   #153
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Damn! All this Corvette talk has got me Jonesin'!!!

THIS would be fun:

1974 L-48 4-speed A/C convertible!



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Old 01-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #154
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Damn! All this Corvette talk has got me Jonesin'!!!

THIS would be fun:

1974 L-48 4-speed A/C convertible!



There's that plastic fantastic hideous '74 back bumper I remember. Same color Dad had, too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #155
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Damn! All this Corvette talk has got me Jonesin'!!!

THIS would be fun:

1974 L-48 4-speed A/C convertible!



You know, I think that one looks better than the 2014.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:38 PM   #156
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You know, I think that one looks better than the 2014.
I know I'd rather drive it than the 2014 !!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:56 AM   #157
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I don't like Corvettes, never have. They scream tacky lower-middle-class moustache to me. I cringe whenever I see some piece of shit '94 Corvette or whatever hit the Flea Market. Shudder. Even the newer ones have missed the mark, IMO -- they're just so fuckin' American. Red. Raunchy. Hunchy. Fuckin' FAT. Obese.

but this new one actually looks like a modern sports car (we'll ignore the red paint press photos and camaro rear lights and pretend they only come in gray)

I'm glad GM finally decided to try to sell the Corvette to someone like me, not just fuckin' Ron Swanson
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:36 AM   #158
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Damn! All this Corvette talk has got me Jonesin'!!!

THIS would be fun:

1974 L-48 4-speed A/C convertible!



Very nice. I would rather have one with the Kamm tail but I could live with the 5 mph bumper.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:07 AM   #159
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you know, i think THE REAR OF that one looks better than the 2014.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:47 AM   #160
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Back in the early 80's I test drove a 1974 454, it handled like a dump truck and was only slightly faster.

Yeah if it was a 74 that thing had about 900lbs more motor than suspension for it. The last 454 was a 1971 ZR2 (and talk about fucking RARE).

So that car was a shadetree job by someone that didn't know much about suspension.....or engines.

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We are retiring in 1-2 years and I may take that opportunity to get another sports car. Might be a good time to pick up a 3 year old car.
A guy down the road was selling a 2004 Z06 for 17 grand. If I had somewhere to put the damn thing......
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:49 AM   #161
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Yeah if it was a 74 that thing had about 900lbs more motor than suspension for it. The last 454 was a 1971 ZR2 (and talk about fucking RARE).

So that car was a shadetree job buy someone that didn't know much about suspension.....or engines.



A guy down the road was selling a 2004 Z06 for 17 grand. If I had somewhere to put the damn thing......
You could get a 454 stock from the factory in 1974. That was the last year.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:52 AM   #162
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You could get a 454 stock from the factory in 1974. That was the last year.
Ordered job? I thought they stopped offering the LS6s after '71?

I've never seen one after 70 personally, and I had to drive 9 hours over the rumor of a ZR2 when I worked at that dealer. It was a clone.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:58 AM   #163
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Ordered job? I thought they stopped offering the LS6s after '71?

I've never seen one after 70 personally, and I had to drive 9 hours over the rumor of a ZR2 when I worked at that dealer. It was a clone.
It was an option still available through 1974, though it was a very choked version of the 454. I don't know how many of them were made or how many dealers got them versus customers ordering them that way, but my dad ordered his. He also ordered my step mom a 1974 Caprice wagon at the same time with a 454, but when it showed up at the dealership it had a 400 small block. He bought it anyway but regretted it.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:57 AM   #164
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Per the Corvette Black Book

3,494 LS4 270hp were sold in '74

188 LS6 425 HP were sold in '71 12 of which were the ZR2 package which included M22 transmission, heavy duty power brakes, transistor ignition, special aluminum radiator, and special springs, shocks, and stabilizer bars.

No LS6 were sold in 1970

I owned a '71 LS5 365hp. It was slow, crude and loud but man it was fun. It also turned more heads than friends C4's and C5's.

Personally I still prefer the steel bumper cars.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:46 AM   #165
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Someone posted about not liking Corvettes, they being so American and all. By and large I prefer more subtle designs and more lithe vehicles but I had a small Americana epiphany back in the early fall of 1970. I was hanging out late at night at a party city overlook party zone. It was the usual beer and pot crowd with a few muscle cars and bikes. We had just learned Hendrix had just OD'd and while it wasn't a completely somber mood, it was a subdued. Up pulls a new gen RS or Z1 Camaro. The guy is back from Vietnam and this is what he gets. I was sitting there starting to drink beer and I thought to myself what a POS, look at that thing, big long hood, tiny rear quarter, cramped insides, I bet its heavy and piggish too (unlike the Porsches I loved then). But as I drank more it became apparent this car had something, and after awhile (and tellingly more beers) I figured it was a brilliant bit of style - it was pure America, tough, brutish, and arrogant. To me, it really encapsulated a lot of our society. I think the Corvette, while its not what I want, for better or worse, does the same thing.
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