Lot 290 - 1973 12880 Corvette
|Odometer reading||64,430 km|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £26,000|
The third generation Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and lasted until 1982. C3 coupés featured the first use of T-top removable roof panels. On 30th June 2013, Chevrolet celebrated 60 years of Corvette production after the very first of its iconic sports car model rolled off the Flint, Michigan, assembly line in 1953. The future classic was initially shown as a concept vehicle at the General Motors Autorama in New York City on 17th January 1953. In 1970, the body design was updated including fender flares and interiors were refined including seats. 1973 Corvettes are unique in that sense; in that they are the only year where the front bumper was polyurethane and the rear retained the Chrome two-piece bumper set.
This is a genuine 'matching numbers' 1973 L-82 Stingray finished in classic white with black leather trim and is presented in exceptionally good condition. The car has covered 64,430 miles and was imported to the UK in 1991. This Corvette Stingray has only had two owners during the 22 years the car has been in the UK. The previous owner, whilst working in America, purchased the car in 1991 from marque specialist D&M Corvette in Illinois shortly before returning to the UK. The vendor acquired her in August 1997 and both UK owners have fastidiously maintained the vehicle. It comes supplied with a folder of paperwork, owner's handbook, V5 registration document, MoT to April 2014 and workshop manuals together with a selection of spare parts and invoices from the previous ownership; the paperwork also includes invoices totalling £15,000 covering every item of expenditure from the past 16 years with the present owner. This sum centres on two periods of investment: approximately £4,000 was spent in the first few years of ownership to put the car in prime running order (including a complete stainless brake rebuild)and approximately £11,000 was spent across 2009 and 2010 on sympathetic restoration work to keep the car in perfect condition. The majority of this more recent work was conducted at the legendary Jim Stokes Workshops in Waterlooville who maintain and prepare a number of Corvettes competing at the highest level of international historic racing. Work here included rebuilding the rear suspension, gearbox and power steering, engine maintenance work such as replacing all the core plugs and the fitting of a complete new exhaust system. More recently, the car benefitted from a complete set of new weatherseals. This represents a unique opportunity to buy a genuine L-82 Corvette Stingray in extremely well preserved condition and offering an appealing blend of original detail and sympathetic restoration. Very much 'on the button' and ready to be enjoyed by a new owner.
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