1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has to be one of the most beloved Corvettes of all time. This is highly due to the sleek and unique body style of the C3 generation Corvette. The 1970 Corvette sits right smack in the middle of the C3 “chrome” generation running from the first of the C3s, the 1968 Corvette to the last of the Corvettes built with chrome bumpers with the 1972 Corvette. Sure this is only a matter of opinion, however many Corvette lovers feel the chrome bookends make this Vette pop with style and class. It certainly announces that “I am a classic Corvette with it’s silvery shine from end to end!

1970 Chevrolet Corvette - Cortez SilverWhen it comes down to it, this model year impressed the sports car arena with several facts, one of which over 17,300 were produced by Chevrolet this year. The base price of this years model was around $5,200 as a coupe and you could have picked up a convertible for under $5,000! When we say base model, we’re still talking about the famous Chevy 350 V8 with 300 horse power, which accounted for 60% of the sales, and the horsepower only went north from there! Here is a Cortez Silver model above, with open T-Tops.

New LT-1 Corvette

Perhaps one of the most notable change to the 1970 Corvette was the new LT-1 350 cubic inch small block V8 engine that was delivered with factory rating of 370 horsepower. This new motor features solid lifters with a  a forged steel crankshaft, a four-bolt main block, and a 11:1 compression ratio. Chevrolet only made eight percent of the production vehicles with the new LT-1, also with a low-restriction exhaust, aluminum intake manifold, finned aluminum rocker covers and its roaring 4-barrel carburetor. The assembly line didn’t roll with 1970 models until January of 1970 due to extended 1969 production and you could not get your new LT-1 with air conditioning. Perhaps the most unique feature of the LT-1 Corvette was the sporty looking dome hood complete with “LT-1” trim.

1970 Corvette Stingray - Mulsanne BlueSome New Changes

A few exterior design changes to mention to the Corvette Dreamer is the ‘egg crate’ looking vents on the side of the flared fenders that matched the new look of the front grill.  The flare in the fenders were designed into the body contours to reduce wheel-thrown debris damage and new larger squared front directional lamps where added. Also becoming squared were the previously round dual exhaust outlets that were turned into larger rectangular shapes to show off the back of the car.

Interior changes for the 1970 Chevy Corvette include redesigned seats to create more headroom.  A new deluxe interior option offered wood-grain wood accents including a wood grain insert that was set in the console surrounding the shifter. Also, new upgraded higher-spec carpeting and leather seat covers were available in this package. Some other new standard features such as a positraction rear axle, a wide-ratio Muncie 4-speed manual transmission, and tinted glass were incorporated for 1970.

More Speed In The House

An optional 454 cubic inch big block V8 would produce an amazing 390 horsepower and keep the Corvette at the top of the muscle car class for the next few years. These Chevrolet produced engines were highly dependable using high-quality components in their high compression engines to turn out a highly limited design flaw product. The big block motors were known to use a bit of oil and require a valve adjustment from time to time. In the spring of 1970, an LT-1 was clocked at the quarter mile in 14.36 seconds at 101.69 mph!

1970 Chevrolet Corvette - Ontario OrangeA special ZR1 option package included the LT-1 engine, racing suspension, heavy duty power brakes, M22 rock crusher transmission, stabilizer bars, transistor ignition, special aluminum radiator, and other high performance components. For big-block fans, one engine options available with increased displacement was available. Chevrolet produced about twenty-five percent of the 1970 models in the LS5. This featured the 454 cubic inch motor which cranked out 390 horsepower.

On the drawing board was a LS7, advertised at 460 horsepower with a 454 cubic inch motor. This Corvette was on the blue prints and made its way into Chevrolet literature but never appears to have ever been delivered to retail customers. Only a few 454/460 crate motors were produced and offered to the general public.

A low production model year for 1970 was a result of a labor dispute that began in May of 1969. This, in turn, caused the 1969 production of the Corvette to be stretched four months later and the 1970 production to be cut short. It created a sixty percent reduction of volume pushing the total number of Corvettes built down to 17,316. One of Corvettes most popular exterior paint colors, Tuxedo Black, was discontinued in 1970 and there is rumor that some vehicles were painted black this model year by special order only!

Check It Out First

If your in the market for one of these rare beautiful Corvettes, you must do your homework. Prior to 1981, there are essentially no formal car reports available on these vehicles, they simply did not exist. In conducting your research, there are many components to check out, 1970 Chevrolet Corvette - Red T-Topssuch as the engine compartment for worn and old parts or parts that have been changed out for non-original parts. The exterior could have cracks in the fiberglass, body damage, and just things that don’t line up. This would indicate the vehicle has been in an accident and poorly repaired. On the interior, seats may be worn or ripped, cracks in the dashboard and glass, carpeting may need a close inspection too. Look for things that are missing like dashboard knobs, or things that again may have been changed out like the original radio, steering wheel or shift knob. You must also get under this new baby of yours to make sure the frame is in good condition and the suspension is sound. If your not sure what your looking at, take the car to a trusted mechanic who can examine the vehicle for you.

On the low end you can expect to pay about $20,000 for a 1970 Corvette, average price is in the $40,000 to $50,000 and in excellent or fully restored condition, you can expect to see a sticker price of well over $60,000! This is an investment of your money as well as your time. Take it to a trusted Corvette specialist to assure you have found the right vehicle to make your Corvette Dream come true!


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