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1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Classics  /   /  By Jim Pickering

Of all the third-generation Corvettes, built from 1968 through 1982, cars from 1970 are among the most desirable. Thanks to a strike at the GM plant, Corvette production was limited to just over 17,000 units that year. While that may not seem like a small number, time and attrition has thinned the herd, and that has made cars from 1970 relatively uncommon compared to other C3s.

The seller of this car describes it as a “nice little hot rod Corvette,” complete with its numbers-matching original 350. But that engine hasn’t always been nestled between those frame rails—the car apparently ran 9.40s in the quarter mile with a hot 540 big-block. It’s only recently been put back to stock.

The paint is said to be good for a driver, with some minor chips and wear visible. The hood is an LT-1 unit, and the seller notes that the car has never suffered any major collisions. The chrome, glass, and trim is all there, and the vacuum-operated accessories, like the headlights and the the wiper door, all apparently function as designed.

The engine is the car’s original matching-numbers 350 block, but its been built to LT-1 specs with 11.25:1 compression and a solid lifter cam. A TH400 automatic handles the shifting duties, and the rear end and rear suspension are beefed-up units from the car’s days as a drag strip terror. The seller says the car was known for pulling the front wheels a good 6 inches off the ground on launch with the 540 big block, so the rear end ought to be plenty stout for use behind that small block.

A total of 645 1970 Corvettes have sold on eBay Motors over the past two years, with average prices ranging from $24k to $36k depending on options and condition. As a modified car, this one will likely be much less expensive. So if you’re in the market for a good driver-quality hot rod Corvette with a few cosmetic needs you can fix on the fly, check this one out here.

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