Seriously collectible US muscle now for sale with this superb unrestored 1969 Corvette Stingray 427 cubic inch 4 speed Manual Convertible. Featuring the most coveted regular production 427 big block of 1969, the L71, factory rated at 435hp @ 6400rpm with rectangular port heads, strong 11:1 compression ratio, solid lifter cam, and 3 x 2 barrel Holley carbs on a Winters cast aluminium intake, all 1969 factory standard spec!
Combined with a close ratio M21 Muncie 4 speed manual, 3.36:1 Positraction rear, 4 wheel disc brakes and power steering this car was also optioned with the rare and desirable iconic Corvette N14 side pipes. These were a 1969 model year only option for C3 Corvettes (1968-1982), anything else is just imitation, and only 11% of all 1969 production were ordered with the factory N14 option.
This complete matching numbers and all date codes correct Roadster in mouth watering Monaco Orange with its original Black interior is showing only 64,000 miles. It has excellent documented history including an NCRS Award (National Corvette Restorers Society) in 2000. Also included is the Owners manual, Sales brochure and Dealer invoice. The car has been beautifully maintained with history in Australia from 2004. We have not seen a better C3 Roadster.
For 50 years this car has strutted its muscle presence from every angle as only its fibreglass form can, always with the factory specs and big block street cred to match. Today it is still an iconic world sports car and an outstanding head-turning collectible in any country. As the '60s came to a close this was the Chevrolet Division of General Motors at the top of their game and this is an outstanding example. ( For more info on the period please read the footnotes below). For the serious GM collector this car deserves due consideration. Available to inspect in our Kingsgrove Sydney Showroom. (Ref. 5136)
Along with Cadillac, Chevrolet was arguably the premier Division of General Motors and the Corvette was its shining star for over a decade. With the new C3 shape introduced in 1968 the adulation was to continue. Today 1969 is well regarded as one of the best years of all the C3 Corvettes (1968-1982) and noted as the last year before compression ratios were largely scaled back for emission control in favour of a few more cubes with the later lower revving 454s.
It was also the model year made famous when all three Apollo 12 astronauts received identical Riverside Gold '69 Corvettes in celebration of their achievements. Cheesy you might say - but being the second crew to walk on the moon was a pretty big deal at the time - and in 1969 these were the coolest guys in town driving the coolest cars in town!
The 6500rpm redline L71 was the top pick of the 3 regular 427 cubic inch engines available for the Corvette in 1969. Note that 427 engines were considered by GM Management to be 'corporately irresponsible' at the time to be offered in mid-sized Chev muscle cars such as Camaros, Chevelles or Novas, leaving only SS396 engines to do duty in those. The Vette was considered a sports car taking on the Euro opposition so was given every advantage possible. Of course savvy Dealers could order a through-the-backdoor COPO option (Central Office Production Order) for the Camaros, Chevelles etc - and receive the same L71 spec but fitted with a single 4bbl rated at 425hp (code L72) - or an even rarer order option - the legendary all aluminium 427, the ZL1, but that is another crazy and expensive story!