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Old 01-17-2013, 02:00 PM   #136
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The ruination of the aesthetics of the C3 began in the 1974 model year. If you were three when they went out of production you weren't even thought of when they were a thing of beauty.
Agreed, but the real damage happened in 1978 with that awful rear window. As someone whose formative automotive years were heavily influenced by the chrome bumper C3, it has taken me a very long time to accept the 1974-1977 rear end styling. When the '74 was introduced, I was not a happy camper. No more Kamm tail or exposed rectangular dual exhausts (although they did keep real duals for '74, they hid the exhaust tips - sacrilege!).

My neighbor bought a new '74, an orange coupe with a 454. He let me drive it, Dog bless his soul. I thought it was quite quick - of course, I was 15. Fun times back then...
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:31 PM   #137
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My old man had a '70 454 that he sold ON my 16th birthday. I could have killed him. Red, side-pipes, white interior and white tops.

Thing was gorgeous.
My dad sold that blueprinted and lowered 911 just after I turned 16 too. He replaced it with a conversion van
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:13 PM   #138
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The ruination of the aesthetics of the C3 began in the 1974 model year. If you were three when they went out of production you weren't even thought of when they were a thing of beauty.
1973. That was the year of the soft nose, but still with the hard tail.

1974 had the soft nose and tail.

My dad had a 454 1973 Vette. Soft nose, hard tail. Leaking rattletrap.

Damn fun car to ride in, though, as a kid!
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:02 PM   #139
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Way back when my shop teacher, who seemed so square and old, he was maybe he was 65 at the time, slyly let it be known he had a few years old '63-'64 split window 327 FI 4 speed. He gave a few of us a spirited ride in it and he wasn't square anymore. The car had the just about the right amount of power and crudeness to be a masterpiece. A few years later I got to drive a '72 LT1 convertible with a 4 speed. That too was a blast. Again, it rattled and, even for the time, it was crude - still it was plenty fun.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:56 PM   #140
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Not a real fan of the front grille, other than that it's OK.


My folks have a 1969 350/350 silver convertible. Found out 10 years ago someone pulled the orignal motor and put a 327 in it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:12 PM   #141
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:29 PM   #142
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:53 PM   #143
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I hate Corvettes.

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Old 01-18-2013, 06:21 AM   #144
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My dad sold that blueprinted and lowered 911 just after I turned 16 too. He replaced it with a conversion van
Sounds like the best dad ever. I don't think you're looking at it from the proper perspective. . .

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:58 AM   #145
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Sounds like the best dad ever. I don't think you're looking at it from the proper perspective. . .


Depends on if he would give you the keys to the shaggin wagon.

On that noted I did but a 3 seater station wagon off my pops when I was like 17......man if that car could talk
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #146
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Depends on if he would give you the keys to the shaggin wagon.

On that noted I did but a 3 seater station wagon off my pops when I was like 17......man if that car could talk
I threw a mattress in the back of my '84 Mazda B2000 pickup and parked it behind the K-Mart. I'm a romantic.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:01 AM   #147
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I threw a mattress in the back of my '84 Mazda B2000 pickup and parked it behind the K-Mart. I'm a romantic.
I bet you let your dates "super-size" that extra value meal at McDonalds too, you overachiever. Guys like you skewed the curve for the rest of us cheapskates.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #148
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I bet you let your dates "super-size" that extra value meal at McDonalds too, you overachiever. Guys like you skewed the curve for the rest of us cheapskates.
I'm a gentleman. I let them buy whatever they have the money to pay for.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #149
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My dad bought a '73 small block C3 brand new. It wasn't fast enough, so it was traded on a new '74 454. It too was a dog, so it disappeared for a few months to a specialist. When it returned it was making around 600 hp he lived with that for less than a year before buying a '75 911 and getting into racing.

I loved the look of that '73. I loved the sound and Acceleration of that hopped up '74, but I always thought Chevy blew it with regard to aesthetics.
Back in the early 80's I test drove a 1974 454, it handled like a dump truck and was only slightly faster.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:20 AM   #150
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I'm a gentleman. I let them buy whatever they have the money to pay for.
Well played, sir.
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