1975 Chevy Corvette Stingray - Time Capsule!

This Stingray Does Nothing Short Of Turn Back The Clock.

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When the last convertible Corvette rolled off the assembly line in July of 1975 many believed we would likely never see another one. As a result, '75 roadsters were immediately accorded a special status among collectors that has not diminished in spite of the re-introduction of the body style in 1986. While that special status among collectors led to a significant number of '75 convertibles being put into storage when they were new, most have seen significant use in the intervening 25 years. People had delusions that the cars would be worth a fortune in the future, but as with '78 Pace Car and '82 Collector's Edition, the "investments" didn't pan out. After many years of essentially stagnant selling prices, a lot of people asked themselves why they were devoting space and money to insure, store, and maintain a car that was not increasing in value. It began to look a whole lot more sensible to either sell the still-new '75 roadster sitting in the garage and put the money into something that would produce a return, or get it off its blocks and drive it once in a while. A lot of people chose the latter, making low-mileage, unrestored examples rather unusual today. The fact that this car was rarely driven is all the more remarkable when one considers the way it is equipped. Older cars frequently don't get used because they are so uncomfortable compared to more modern rides. The Silber brothers' pristine roadster is loaded with options however, including air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, both hard- and soft-tops, and custom leather interior. All of these conveniences, in concert with a silky-smooth-running L48 mated to a Turbo 400 automatic, make this a phenomenally comfortable grand touring machine. As with all of the cars in their collection, the Silbers use the '75 infrequently enough to keep the miles down and preserve its originality, but often enough to give it the exercise it needs. "This is a fantastic car to drive," reports brother Bruce. "It runs and handles like a new car." That's not the least bit surprising when you consider that in spite of the intervening quarter-century, this car is indeed new.




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