1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
454 Big Block
1972 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
- Virgina Car
- 454ci/270hp V8
- 4 Speed Manual
- Power Steering, Power Brakes
- Last Year of Both Chrome Bumpers
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“You can't get a better overall performance car. I'd be hard-pressed to find a better car, for the money, than the Vette. It's just an incredible automobile.” – Tony DeLorenzo, Motor Trend road-test reviewer, June 1972
The Motorious website described the early-Seventies C3 'Vettes: “The differences between the 1971 and the 1972 Stingray are minimal. Corvettes 1971 model was the last model to feature fiber-optic warning lights while the 1972 Stingray was the first to have amber-colored front turn signals and a chrome egg-crate grill. The 1972 Stingray was also the last production year for chrome front and rear bumpers. Beyond these minor differences, the '71 and '72 models were basically the same. Both models were available in either a convertible coupe body style or a sports coupe body style. Many Stingray fans refer to the convertible as a roadster. However, with roll-up windows and windshield that is fixed, this model was a true convertible. When it comes to classic cars, the most beloved Corvette models that most folks enjoy and remember are the hidden-headlight Corvettes mainly due to their longevity on the Corvette and the sleekness and sexiness they produce for the vehicle! No other American-made classic car enjoys such a long, long history of uniqueness as does the Corvette.”
Offered here in Classic White over Saddle is a 1972 Corvette Stingray Convertible 454 big block. The car's odometer shows 69,796 miles, fewer than 1,425 miles per-year since it was delivered new at Rosenthal Chevrolet of Arlington, Washington. The condition of the car for its age reflects responsible-owner care through the years. The original window sticker (included in the sale and presented in the accompanying photo gallery) details the car's original equipment. That the document has been kept for nearly 50 years is another indicator of the owner's passion for the Corvette.
The Classic White (Code 1010) exterior paint is original; its condition is excellent with even high gloss across all fiberglass body panels, in particular the “454”-badged raised hood. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) In part, “Classic” reflects the fact that this shade of white dates to the first Corvette and has been offered yearly since then. This 'Vette is equipped with a light-tan fabric top as well as a removable black-vinyl hardtop, both in excellent condition. Chrome bumpers fore and aft (their final model year) are in excellent condition; likewise the chrome windshield trim (with slight patina from age), and chrome-accented fender louvers. Side mirrors and door handles show virtually no wear. The twin front eggcrate-style lower grilles and chin spoiler are in original, excellent condition. Cabin glass, and lighting lenses—including on the pop-up headlights—are clear and undamaged. Factory badging—including crossed-flags emblems on the hood and rear deck, “Stingray” script on the front fenders, and C-o-r-v-e-t-t-e lettering on the rear—is all properly located and mounted. Square, original dual-exhaust tips are in place, as is the lock for the theft-prevention system. Original silver-painted steel wheels with chrome, “Chevrolet Motor Division” center caps and trim rings are mounted with raised-white-letter BFGoodrich Radial T/A® Radial 255/60/R15 tires.
The car's interior has been very well-maintained. Saddle vinyl upholstery on the contoured bucket seats features an antiqued look. The vinyl surface shows virtually no wear and absolutely no damage. Formed door panels include crank handles for the roll-up windows, and chrome door-release handles with the crossed-flags emblem. The factory-optioned tilt-telescoping steering wheel with crossed-flags emblem frames the large, 160-mph speedometer and 5,300-rpm-redline tachometer. Engine-monitoring gauges occupy the center stack above the upgraded Pioneer® audio head unit mounted in the factory-radio location. The center console hosts the shift lever for the 4-speed manual transmission, an engine data plate, and handbrake lever ahead of a center armrest. Leather storage pockets face the passenger. The car was optioned with power steering and power brakes. In general, cabin surfaces retain close-to-new look and feel.
Under the front-hinged hood, the stock, 270-horsepower, Turbo-Jet 454-cubic-inch big-block Chevy V8 is the commanding center of a clean, properly detailed engine bay. No performance modifications are indicated, and the engine still wears its original orange engine-block paint. A chrome cover adds flair to the stock, twin-induction air cleaner. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is clean, complete, and undamaged. In particular, there is no compression damage to any component in the full-length, high-capacity, dual-exhaust system (as would be the case if the car had been subjected to overly aggressive driving styles or track use).
The car's factory identification and build tags remain in place. The owner's manual and maintenance documents are included in the sale.
While the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '72 Corvette Convertible in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
An open-air drive in a vintage Corvette on twisty roads during the fall-color season is a joy everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Add the engine music of the 454 big block (which can be sampled in the linked video), and the experience reaches the sublime. For the next owner of this '72 Stingray, however, we're pretty sure once won't be nearly enough.