Engine Size
454 V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Body Style
Convertible
Miles
34,320
Vin
1Z67Z4
Stock
C200731A

454 Big-Block, 1974 Corvette Convertible w/Hardtop, A/C, Low Miles!

The mid-'70s were not the kindest to performance and muscle cars. The federal government pushed for smog reduction and extra safety measures from the Big Three. In 1973, with the introduction of the third-generation (C3) Corvette, Chevrolet took the opportunity to begin its transformation into a touring sports car. By 1974, the necessary modifications were evident from the swoopier lines to accommodate the front and rear urethane bumper covers.

Unfortunately, the sports car transformation also signaled the swan song for some muscle car attributes. 1974 was the final year without catalytic converters, and it was the end of an era for the big-block LS4 454 engine and the true dual-exhaust system. The big-block Corvette's significance was not lost on Hot Rod magazine in 1986 when it was the only muscle car produced after 1970 named in its "10 Most Collectable Muscle Cars" list.

Today, Art & Speed is happy to present this rare numbers-matching 1974 Corvette Stingray Convertible with an LS4 454 and Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. With only 3,494 LS4 engines and 5,474 convertibles produced in '74, this appears to be a pretty rare vehicle with the original owner's options. Showing only 34,326 miles on the odometer, it is believed to be accurate. Some features that further push this car into the ultra-rare category are the auxiliary hardtop, power steering, power brakes, air-conditioning, AM/FM stereo, power windows, custom interior trim, tilt-telescoping steering column, dual horns, map light, FE7 Gymkhana suspension package, optional rear axle ratio, and the white stripe tires.

This Corvette appears to be in stock condition and shows to be in terrific shape with a basecoat/clearcoat repaint of the Classic White finish with a white convertible top and the matching hardtop. There are no visible signs of any scratches, cracks, or even rock pecks on the body. The vacuum-actuated headlights work as they should. It even wears the correct 1974 rear bumper, as evidenced by the one-year-only vertical center seam. The factory Rally wheels are in very good shape wearing the white stripe, steel-belted GR70 tires (215/70R15).

The 454 appears it has never left the engine bay but presents nicely. All the accessories are present and working, including the smog pump, power steering, power disc brakes (front disc, drum rear), and even the air-conditioning. The engine seems to run near the advertised torque of 395 lb-ft and 270 horsepower, while the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission shifts as it should when transferring power to the 3.08:1 differential.

Recently updated with a new carpet and replacement O.E. leather seats, the black custom interior trim package with wood accents is in great condition. The white vinyl top moves correctly and shows in good condition. The factory steering wheel is in good condition atop the tilt-telescoping column, which also works as designed. The power windows go up and down as they should.

For a 46-year-old survivor, this '74 LS4 Corvette convertible proves to be a rare bird. It is not perfect; there are some minor flaws, but if you are looking for a collector car that is sure to rise in value, you can never go wrong with a classic Corvette. To find a big-block convertible with this many options in a running-and-driving condition that you can still enjoy on weekend cruises is like finding a unicorn. Come by Art & Speed Classic Car Gallery and check this one out!

Engine

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
454 V8
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
White
Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1974
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Corvette
Miles
34,320

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Leather
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes
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Estimated Monthly Payment

$384.14

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