RAY'S 1974 (Big Block) CORVETTE:
Up for sale is my 1974, 454ci, 4-speed, T-top Coupe Corvette.
A professional body on restoration was completed in 1997 and
written up in an article that appeared in the March '99 issue of
Vette Magazine (3 copies of the magazine come with the car).
I'm the third owner after the restoration and became good
friends with the person who restored it. Upon request, he's
available to answer any questions you may have about the car
during his ownership. I also have current pictures of cars
inside his garage that I've attached, depicting just a few of
the other restorations to his credit. My car has some rare and
unique options (all of which are listed below) and is equipped
with its original "birthing" drivetrain (not limited to),
engine, transmission, driveshaft, and rear end.
Additionally, all codes and numbers on this car match, right
down to the original alternator casing which was retained after
the core was rebuilt. Specific details pertaining to the car's
Operations, Interior, Exterior, Mechanical, and Chassis, can all
be verified and reviewed in the NCRS judging sheets that can be
viewed in the photos. These judging sheets are the
equivalent of an "automobile autopsy" that was conducted on
April 20, 2008 when it was Flight Judged at an NCRS (National
Corvette Restorers Society) Chapter Meet in Wallingford, CT
(tabulated and verified by Master NCRS Judge, Drew Papsun).
Every single part that was on the vehicle that day still remains
on the car, along with the addition of the properly dated/option
coded/professionally refurbished, Quadrajet Carburetor. The car
has earned and boasts an NCRS Top Flight Award (Certificate &
ribbon transfer with the car), having achieved a total of 4,384
points out of a possible 4,510, this 97.4% net score result (98%
with the addition of the .6 driving points earned) provides a
true reflection as to the car's Originality and Condition. With
the addition of the carburetor, another 28 points would have
been earned, achieving then 4,412 points (a mere loss of only 98
total points).Â If you're not familiar with NCRS Flight
Judging and their award levels, here's a brief summary of that
process: After about 8-10 man-hours of intensive judging, a Top
Flight Award is given to a car that has achieved at least 94%
apparent correctness (appearance of originality and condition)
relative to the judging standard, which is how the car appeared
and functioned when it was delivered to the Chevrolet dealership
from the General Motors factory. The entire car starts with 4510
points, and up to 270 points can be lost to deductions and
qualify for the Top Flight award. Subsequent award levels
include 2nd Flight (85% or up to 676 point loss) and 3rd Flight
(75% or up to 1,127 point loss). The Judging Sheets are a
reflection of the vehicle as seen and judged on that particular
day at their sanctioned event.
When you look at the Flight Judging results this car achieved,
you'll see that it lost only 126 points out of a total of
4,510â€¦!Â And as noted above, had the correct carburetor
been on the car at the time it was judged, the point loss would
have been reduced to a mere 98. The only other areas where
significant point loss was noted were in the areas of, Battery
(-15), Tires (-18), and Exhaust (-14). The originality in these
three areas of the car were substituted for functionality and
All of the photos I have available to view, provide not only a
detailed history on the restoration, but also display various
vehicle documents that compliment the entire "turn key package"
that's being sold here and enhance the originality components of
this 1974 Corvette. Some of what is available in pictures
to share and included with the car are:
Before and after pictures during the restoration.
All invoices from the restoration and during my 16 year
All glovebox documents that were delivered to the new owner of a
1974 Corvette when shipped from the factory (not original to the
All 12 issues of the 1974 Corvette News provided complimentary
to all new Corvette owners.
A replica window sticker depicting the original options and the
original sticker price of $7,555.50.
Original build sheet that was discovered on the top of the gas
tank during the restoration with a notarized verification that
authenticates it as the original.
Three copies of the March '99 Vette Magazine where the article
about the car's restoration appeared.
Several copies (Original & Reproductions) of the 1974 Corvette
Pictures of other vehicles restored by the person who completed
the body on restoration (VW Beetle, '57 T-Bird, '32 Roadster,
'57 Ford, '54 Chevy).
Also included with the sale are:
Original Date Coded T-top bags
Reproduction T-top bags for day to day use
T-top storage & carrying bag
Protect-A-Top Interior protection unit (for use when parked
Full Car Cover
DETAILS:Â 1974 Coupe - LS4 (454 - last year of the BIG
BLOCK and Dual Exhaust)
Odometer at restoration - 55,000+/-
Current reading - 67,475+/- (12,500+/- by me)
LS4 - 454 ci.
A31 - Power Windows
C50 - Rear Window Defrost
C60 - Air Conditioning
FE7 - Gymkhana Suspension (only 1,905 produced)
J50 - Power Brakes
M20 - 4 speed close ratio trans.
AW coded rear (rare) - 3:08 ratio
Manual Steering (rare for this year, approx. 2% of total
Trim tag: F11 Build
Trim: 404 (Black Leather)
Paint - 914 (Silver Mist)
Engine pad: T1218CWM14S4T4035
Aluminized exhaust system with Magna-Flo mufflers
9:1 Hypereutectic Pistons
Crane Cam (218° intake, 228° lift, .500)
Electronic Ignition (spare original points included)
Sickens Paint (visible bonding strips)
Assorted spare parts (distributor cap, points, etc.)
The car was recently transported out of its climate controlled
storage environment in CT to the Gettysburg, PA area, just for
the purpose of showing it while For Sale. During my entire
ownership, the car has always been driven, keeping it properly
exercised. It's always been garaged and during the winter
it was kept in an enclosed air flowing car capsule. I would
consider the condition of this vehicle to be rated at #1.5 and
the mechanically operating condition at #1.
If you're looking for a quality BIG BLOCK, vintage Corvette,
that has a well documented history, quality restoration, and
offers a combination of excellent show quality and superb
driveability, AND...with paperwork galore, then I'll be more
than happy to respond to any SERIOUS inquiries.
I may be contacted at; firstname.lastname@example.org or (203)
Price: $39,500 o.b.o.
Thank you for your interest, Ray