#'s Match, Big Block, EXCELLENT CONDITION, Auto, A/C, PS, PB, T-Tops

Price: US $19,900.00 Item location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette
  • SubModel: LS4 454ci Stingray
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: LS4 454ci Stingray
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1974
  • Mileage: 70490
  • VIN: 1Z37Z4S410948
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: 454ci V8
  • Power options: Air conditioning
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1974 Chevrolet Corvette LS4 454ci Stingray

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Please call Matt directly at 513-708-1468 with any questions about this car.

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this beautiful completely numbers matching 1974 Big Block Corvette Stingray Coupe in fantastic condition and with the high performance 454ci LS4 engine. This Corvette looks great, runs well, and is an excellent driver. It is finished the beautiful color combination of Classic White (10) over Saddle (416). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag, which is pictured in this ad.

Besides the correct paint and trim codes, this Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning the engine and transmission in the car are the correct and original units that were installed in the car new at the factory in 1973. The last six digits of the VIN, 410498, are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured in this ad, and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured.

We have this car priced to sell and are offering an excellent opportunity to own a very desirable Corvette Stingray at an unbeatable value. The high performance models like this LS4 big block draw a great premium over the standard Corvettes. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come as the market on early C3 Corvettes is very hot right now and on the rise, this is especially true for highly desirable examples like this LS4 big block. The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title pictured in the ad that shows the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, video, numbers, and other information below to get a true sense of how nice this Corvette really is.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

Model Description

A brand new restyled rear end was first featured in 1974. The conventional rear bumper was replaced with a sloping two piece design. This was the only year for the split rear bumper Corvette. The new rear end eliminated the last vestiges of the long-lived rear-deck-lid spoiler and replaced it with a smooth-surfaced rear deck and a body-colored resilient extension covering the actual rear bumper and including the circular taillights meeting new federal energy-absorbing standards.

Exterior

The Classic White exterior is in excellent driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the finish has dazzling gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. The wheels and center caps are in excellent condition with a nice finish. The BF Goodrich Radial TA tires have plenty of tread left and are correctly sized 225/70R15. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some tiny blemishes and touch-ups around car that were too small to show up in pictures, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. As one can see in the many photos and video of the underside this car is very clean underneath and has NO RUST ISSUES at all. The frame is totally solid around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and we have seen no evident of corrosion around the windshield or "birdcage" area, which are the most common spots for rust on a C3 Corvette. We have included specific photos of the areas most prone to rust to show how nice this car looks.

Window Date Codes

Please note that almost of the glass on this Corvette, both "Astro Ventilation" door windows and rear window, are all date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of December 3, 1973 (E03). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Interior

The Saddle interior of the Corvette is in outstanding condition. The seats are in excellent shape and look almost brand new with no rips, wear, or split seams. The carpet is also in great condition with no rips or holes. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The gauge faces are clean and crisp and the lenses are clear. The original stereo radio works well, gets good reception, and most importantly the dash has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. The dash and console are in great shape with no cracks, fading, or sun damage. The door panels are in good condition overall with some normal wear in the typical area where someone's elbow would rest. The left seatbelt works fine, but the right lap belt can be sticky. This Corvette has never been smoked in; there are no burns marks and no aroma of cigarettes.

Corvette interiors from this era are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this interior is a huge testament to the meticulous care and attention this car has received throughout its life and another great verification of the very low original mileage. The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.

Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in very good mechanical condition. The original numbers matching LS4 big block engine starts right away every time, runs well, and idles smooth. This Stingray drives great and feels nice on the road and at highway speeds. In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the gears, braking to stoplight, and going through some curves. Please note that there are no vibrations and the car performs quite well overall. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos.

The radio works as do all the exterior lights, interior lights, dash lights, interior lights, wipers, and indicators; even the key buzzer still works. The a/c works and one can see the a/c compressor turning on and engaging properly in the video. The blower for the heater and a/c works on all speeds. The entire vacuum system for the headlights works correctly from both of the respective switches on the dash and the override switch under the column. The entire operation from both switches can be viewed in the video. All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the extra power from the LS4 and the T-Tops out on a beautiful day.

Overall Condition

Overall, this 1974 LS4 big black Corvette Stingray looks fantastic and is in terrific condition. The beautiful original color combination, excellent condition, the low original mileage, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this Stingray especially important and very hard to duplicate. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, especially for rare and high performance examples like this Corvette, and as one can see, this car is quite correct. There are photos of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, transmission date, and transmission VIN stamp. The LS4 engine draws a great premium over the standard Corvette. This Stingray is a solid investment for a collector. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

itemnumberdescriptionVIN1Z37Z4S410948The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM. The "Z" is the series, Corvette. The "37" is the body style, sport coupe. The fifth digit is the engine, Z, correct for a LS4 car. The sixth digit, "4," indicates the model year, 1974. The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 10,948th Corvette made for 1974.Body Build DateE 03"E" corresponds to December, and the "03" is the third day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is Decemeber 3r, 1973.Engine CodeT1120"T" means the engine was build in the Tonawonda, NY plant. The "11" is the elevnth month of year and the "20" is the twentyith day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on November 20th, 1973. This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.Suffix CodeCWRThis means the motor was intended for a Corvette with an LS4 454ci, 270hp with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.Engine VIN Stamping410948The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 410948, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.Engine Block Casting Number3999289The engine block has a correct 3999289 casting number for a big block 1974 Corvette.Engine Block Casting DateK 7 73"K" is November, "7" is the seventh day of the month, and the "73" is the last digits of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on November 7t, 1973. Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.Intake Manifold Casting Number336789The intake manifold has the correct 336789 casting number.Intake Manifold Casting DateK 9 73"K" is November, "9" is the ninth day of the month, and the "73" is the last digits of the calendar year so the intake manifold was cast on November 9t, 1973. Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.Carburetor7044225The carburetor has the correct number for a 1974 LS4 corvette with an automatic transmisson.Carburetor date code3063The carburetor date codes for the 1974 model year start from January 1st, 1973 so "306" is the 306th day since Jan 1, 1973. The "3" is the last digit of the calender year so this carburetor is dated November 2nd, 1973.Transmission74-CSThe "74" is the model year, 1974. The "C" means the transmission was made for a Chevrolet vehicle, and the "S" means is was intended for a Corvette with a 454ci engine, which is correct for this car.Transmission Date Code327The assembly date code for the 1974 model year starts with the first day of the calendar year in 1973 and continues through the calendar year in 1974. This means "327" is the 327th day starting with January 1, 1973, which indicates the transmission was assembled on November 23rd, 1973.Rear DifferentialAAW 330 E1The "AA" indicates a 3.55:1 axle ratio with positraction. The "W" is the plant code where the rear end was made. The "330" is the 330th day of the year. The "E" is the source of the positraction, Eaton, and the "1" is the shift so the rear differential was made on November 26th, 1973 in Warren, MI during the first shift.Rear WindowYUThe "Y" is October and the "U" is 1973 so this window is original, made in October of 1973. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Driver's WindowCUThe "C" is November and the "U" is 1973 so this window is original, made in November of 1973. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.Passenger WindowCUThe "C" is November and the "U" is 1973 so this window is original, made in November of 1973. This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.exterior color code10Classic Whiteinterior color code416Saddlerpo codedescription1Z37Corvette CoupeA31Power WindowsC60Air ConditioningJ50Power BrakesLS4454ci, 270hp EngineM40Automatic TransmissionN37Tilt and Telescopic Steering ColumnN41Power SteeringQRZWhite Letter TiresU69AM-FM Radio