1975 Stingray....

by Craig Coughlin

Hello everyone....

I'm thinking (for my 50th birthday,and 1st ever Vette) of buying a 1975 Stingray... Nice condition 118K miles, everything works as it should and typical nicks and dings you might expect for a 40 year old car... I think the price is right at 6K (please advise) but it does appear to be the lowest end made... So my real question is the motor, as it appears to have something called the "Base Engine".. What is a base engine?? I assume it's a 350 4 barrel, but wondering about the rest?? HP, output torque and so on.... Also any lesson learned or any thing I should know or expect to happen, please advise...

Thanks, Craig

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Jul 05, 2012
by: Anonymous

The base engine in 1975 was the L48 350 with a Rochester 4 barrel. this year had the lowest output of any Corvette V8 with 165hp net. $6k seems ok, but would be a tad low if it is in good shape. These can still be fun cars in 4 speed form, but you might find it a bit sluggish with the TH350 automatic. Still good looking and ok cruisers for the weekends, just don't expect a rocket. In my experience with C3s the biggest thing to look for is whether or not they have been hit at any point...especially in the front end. Try to get a look at the inside of the fiberglass of the front clip, particularly around the fenders, and check to see if the car tracks properly.

May 28, 2012
70's ac sucks
by: Anonymous

don't do it the ac sucks on these old c3 cars

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