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1972 Chevrolet Corvette

Frame Off Restored Corvette Coupe 350 V8 TH350 w/AC
Stock #
134907
Body Style
Coupe
Engine
350 V8
Exterior Color
Targa Blue
Interior Color
Black
Miles
27924

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  • Original 350 cubic inch ZQ3 V8
  • Factory four wheel power disc brakes
  • Factory air conditioning
  • Original Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed
  • Correct Targa Blue paint
  • Fully documented
  • Factory power steering
  • Correct Black interior
  • Restored by a NCRS judge

By now, you’ve probably memorized most of the Corvette story. From Zora Arkus-Duntov to the Mako Shark to the bankruptcy years, each of the car’s seven generations has its own key moments and cast of colorful characters. At this point, the third generation Corvette accounts for the middle section of the brand’s story and, looking back, it’s a remarkably appropriate car to hold that place. With visible nods to both Chevrolet’s heritage and future, examples like this 1972 coupe are finding firm footing in a collector market that will inevitably grow stronger. The subject of complete restoration, this numbers matching Stingray features options like a 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic transmission and factory air conditioning that make it both fun to drive and surprisingly comfortable. There’s never a bad time to buy a good Corvette, so if you’re looking to add a first class C3 to your collection, you’ve come to the right place!

Authenticated by a letter from NCRS Historic Document Services, this Corvette rolled off GM’s St. Louis assembly line on December 1st, 1971. As you’ll see later in our description, its engine had quite a wait, but the car’s body was hot off the press. Peak at its driver’s side A-pillar and you’ll find a trim tag dated November 30th; just one day before final assembly. Unfortunately that tag doesn’t reveal a lot on C3 Corvettes, but it does specify that this car showed up to Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles, California dressed just as it is today: code 979 Targa Blue paint on the outside of a black, code 400 interior. Fully restored by Palm Bay Restorations, and an official NCRS judge, the car presents well and has a solid feel that conveys a rust-free (yes, weathered C3s are bad to rust around their window frames) and impact-free life. The body’s panel gaps have been narrowed to better-than-factory standards. And its blue paintwork is devoid of noteworthy issues, providing the kind of richness and depth that are testaments to a high quality restoration.

Looking back, it seems 1972 was the swan song for traditional chrome bumpers – a look many classic car fans prefer to the heavier, plastic-clad bodies that followed. Below this Corvette’s thin front bumper, stainless-trimmed ‘egg crate’ grilles introduce a shape that’s repeated on the bottom of the car’s profile. In the middle of that profile, a cross-flag branded header draws the eye towards raked glass that’s framed in showroom-quality stainless. Above that glass, body-matched removable tops fit well and do a great job at keeping the elements out. Follow the wide, tapered C-pillars rearward and you’ll find a familiar cross-flag branded fuel filler. At the sides of those pillars, classy “Stingray” scripts perfectly complement bright rocker trim and a small chrome mirror. And out back, signature Corvette taillights illuminate a bold “CORVETTE” script, a chrome license plate frame, defined bumpers and square exhaust tips that pierce the car’s rear valence.

Under the car’s bright blue hood you’ll find an original 3970010 branded V8 which was cast on October (J) 29th (29) of 1971 (1), assembled in Flint, Michigan (V) on November (11) 9th (O9) of 1971 as a Corvette ZQ3 (CDJ), and stamped with a correct 12S508419 partial VIN. Straight from the factory, Chevrolet’s storied, SCCA-inspired small block utilizes solid lifters and a hotter camshaft to twist stout 11 to 1 compression into 270 horsepower! At the peak of the road-ready mill, a chrome-topped, dual-snorkel air cleaner swirls wind into a dual plane intake via a familiar Quadrajet carburetor. At the sides of that intake, cast iron Chevrolet heads prop stamped and painted valve covers above restored ‘ram’s horn’ exhaust manifolds. And at the back of those heads, a high performance ignition system shoots fire through bright stainless sleeves. When fired, the infamous 350 rumbles like a real competition piece. Its ancillary components are top-notch in every way with new GM hoses and a fresh brake booster accompanying vintage Frigidaire air conditioning equipment. And an evenly sprayed combination of Chevy Orange engine skin and satin black fender framing is interrupted by nothing but stainless hood hardware.

Peer under this low-slung Corvette and you’ll find a powder-coated chassis that’s straight, solid and ready to pound the pavement. The hot engine sends power to an original Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed, which hangs a correct “72 – CK” branded tag over a matching 12S508419 partial VIN. At the front of the car, you’ll find a rebuilt and paint-marked double A-arm suspension that’s complete with factory power steering. At the back of the car, you’ll find a rebuilt transverse leaf suspension that does an excellent job of increasing grip. In the middle of the car, an aluminized, true-dual exhaust system pipes spent gases through deep, rear-mounted mufflers. And at the corners of the car, four wheel power disc brakes ensure rapid stops and great handling. All that fully sorted hardware is bolted to clean floors which, based on appearance, have been living in a nice, dry garage, only to be taken down the road during the summer months. And the car retains its handsome 15 inch GM rally wheels, which spin fresh 225/70 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around dent-free trim rings and turbine center caps.

Slip into this Stingray’s restored code 400 Black interior and settle on one of its pristine vinyl buckets. Those seats are as original, with correct stainless inserts occupying their headrests. The carpets below them were replaced, even in the cargo area, where you’ll find a surprising amount of storage space. The door panels at the edges of those carpets are, like the rest of the car’s side panels, virtually new in every way. There’s a fresh center console that accommodates a small shifter, cool wheel-style HVAC controls and a correct Delco AM/FM radio. From the driver’s seat, an aluminum three-spoke steering wheel laps a set of factory gauges that keep tabs on speed, revs, oil pressure, alternator output, temperature, fuel and time. And all that hardware unites to create a simple, comfortable cockpit that’s befitting of a performance oriented brand like Corvette.

The sale of this refreshing sports car includes an owner’s manual, accessory manuals, an official NCRS shipping report, a stack of restoration photos, and a pile of restoration receipts.

As the value of third generation Corvettes continues to grow, well-optioned, numbers matching cars like this Targa Blue coupe will become serious investment pieces. With a strong color combination, an original drivetrain and modern creature comforts, this C3 is not only a fun car to own, but also a great example of the brand’s evolution. Whether you’re a seasoned Chevy owner or a potential first-time buyer, don’t miss your chance to put this stunning Stingray in your garage!

Basic

Year
1972
Make
Chevrolet
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Corvette
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Sports Car
Mileage
27924

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
350 V8
Engine Number
3970010
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
Turbohydramatic 400
Transmission Number
72-CK

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
Behind driver's seat
Battery Shut Off
None
Battery Charger
None
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Targa Blue
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Independent
Axle Specification
n/a
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
225/70R15
Rear Tire Specification
225/70R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Turbo Muffler

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
Owner’s manual. Accessory manuals. Official NCRS shipping report. Restoration photos. Restoration receipts.

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