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Year of man­u­fac­ture 1974 Recorded mileage 55,310 Ask­ing price £18,995 Ven­dor Mo­to­drome, Nuffield, Ox­ford­shire; tel: 0118 907 1495/07719 069353;­to­ WHEN IT WAS NEW Price $13,140 Max power 195bhp Max torque 270lb ft 0-60mph 8.6 secs Top speed 126mph Mpg 14

From late in the first year of the ‘rub­ber’ bumpers (and the most emis­sion­sstran­gled, but that mat­ters less these days), this T-top in 56L Bright Yel­low is last­ing well. Fit­ted with op­tional power brakes and steer­ing, it’s been painted, with a few mi­crob­lis­ters on the bon­net, but cracks to the front are min­i­mal, and the whee­larches aren’t scraped. The T-tops lift on and off eas­ily, with good seals; the doors fit and shut nicely. The tyres are well treaded but old BF Goodrichs.

The car went to Aus­tralia in 2009, re­turn­ing with its owner in 2013, and since then it’s only cov­ered about 5000 miles with two fur­ther keep­ers. Re­cent work has in­cluded a new steer­ing pump and ram, sus­pen­sion rub­bers, front dampers and a wa­ter pump. The chas­sis looks solid, with some light cor­ro­sion on its top sur­faces and front wish­bones, and the ex­hausts ap­pear fairly fresh.

In­side, the sad­dle (code 416) vinyl is bet­ter than most, with good seats and just a few small cracks in the cen­tre con­sole. The dash is mostly fine, with a lit­tle dam­age to the speaker grille on the driver’s side and both A-pil­lar trims.

The mo­tor is stock, ex­cept for a new dis­trib­u­tor with elec­tronic ig­ni­tion. There’s a slight weep from one rocker-cover gas­ket. The oil is dark and near the bot­tom of the stick, the coolant full and pink, as is the trans­mis­sion fluid.

There’s no ig­ni­tion light but it starts in­stantly from cold with no smoke, makes a pleas­ing but not too stri­dent noise, and drives well. The chas­sis is quite taut, with no shakes or rat­tles. It tracks straight, with only slightly vague steer­ing, the Corvette’s weak­est point: 11/2in of play at the rim, static, is nor­mal, though the C3 has shrunk with age and it’s easy to hus­tle. The brakes pull up straight and, aside from slightly clunky ini­tial en­gage­ment, the gear­box works well, with re­spon­sive kick­down – though it’s quite low-geared. Oil pres­sure is a healthy 60-65psi and tem­per­a­ture 120° F with bat­tery in the ‘+’ range, but the tachome­ter doesn’t work be­cause there’s nowhere on the new dis­trib­u­tor to con­nect its drive cable. The head­lights lift per­fectly. It will be sold with an MOT to the end of July (with no ad­vi­sories) and a six-month war­ranty.

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