1970 Chevrolet Corvette - It’s Only Original Once

Mark Rudnick's ZQ3-powered '70 is a low-mileage wonder

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“People who really know and like Corvettes are just blown away by it,” he says, while adding that their reaction is especially keen when they see the original markings on the car from St. Louis Assembly, and when they spy other telltale signs demonstrating how The General built Corvettes way back when.

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What’s it like to drive? “This one’s a lot of fun,” says Rudnick. “Because there’s no smog equipment on it or catalytic converters, it still has the higher compression, and it’s still a fun ride.”

If Rudnick had the chance to go back in time and get another ’70 Corvette, would it look anything like this one? Possibly. It would still be painted Mulsanne Blue at St. Louis—but there’d be one big change underneath that acrylic lacquer.

“My ultimate would be for it to be an LT-1. A ’70 Mulsanne Blue LT-1 coupe.” Rudnick says it would be easy to tell apart from this ZQ3-powered C3—by the distinctively-striped LT1 hood, “and its awesome power difference,” he adds.

Maybe you’re one who’d like to find a low-mileage original Corvette of any vintage. If you are, Rudnick has this advice: “Keep looking! They’re few and far between, but for people who like original, unrestored cars, they’re in a class by themselves.”

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