40,000 Original Miles: 1975 Chevy Corvette

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Many Corvettes are purchased as Sunday drivers by retirees or other folks who have dreamed of owning American’s signature sports car. Much of those particular cars tend to be special models, like Pace Car tributes or anniversary editions. Less often seen are low-mileage time capsules like this 1975 model, which is simply a beautiful, stock L48 car. You’l find the Corvette here on eBay, wearing a rare shade of paint known as Orange Flame. 

The vivid exterior is complimented by a beautifully preserved leather saddle interior, with bucket seats that look as if they’ve never been sat upon. The automatic transmission is a let down, and a manual gearbox would make this particular even more desirable given its high state of preservation. That said, you’ll want to take care when driving such a specimen, so perhaps the auto ‘box isn’t the worst option.

Other options include power windows and air conditioning. The paint really pops in this picture, and it distinctively different from the more traditional red exterior we’re prone to see on any generation of Corvette. The white letter tires and polished wheels look brand new, and the exterior shows no blemishes of any kind. Despite being located in Michigan, I see no evidence or rust or other environmental damage.

There’s some paint flaking off the valve covers, but that’s the biggest sin I see under the hood. The mileage on this Corvette puts it in a nice spot, as a car you can continue to preserve without fear of putting miles on an odometer in the three- or low four-digit range. As long as the condition remains impeccable, you can drive this car with some regularity without stunting its value too much, though I doubt it will ever be worth significantly more than the current asking price of $20,900.

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  1. TimS

    Automatic isn’t a letdown for everyone. Some folks (like me) can’t row their own gears.

    If it’s ready to drive and doesn’t need much, that’s probably not a bad price for those options and that condition. It will certainly look the part of an expensive car to everyone but the people who love to hate smog-era Corvettes.

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  2. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Thought there was a re-entry of what was the 76 Orange Vette. I realize that demand sets price like the Tri-5’s, BBC etc, but IMO the C3’s are overpriced for what they are. I’ve seen POS C3’s go for more than double what a very nice C4 sold for, all other things being equal and even higher than some C5’s in select cases..
    It looks nice, I’m sure it drives well also. I hope whoever buys it will drive and enjoy it.

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    • leiniedude leiniedudeMember

      Pretty car. Way better looking than the C4 and 5. I understand the performance rating. I own a 72 Clasic white with the base motor. To me it looks great and scoots along OK. I have had her for 19 years and it is still fun to beat on. T-tops off and back window removed she is a fun ride. Priced a little high perhaps on this one.

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  3. Pat LMember

    I think the market has a long way to go for this car to be worth almost $21,000. 1975 was a low point for horsepower in the Corvette. Even if this was an L82 with a 4 speed maybe $15,000 tops.

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    What’s with all the boring Corvettes lately?

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  5. TortMember

    Agree with Pat L. Nice car and the prices are on the rise on these year but this one is over priced by 6 or 7 thousand.

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  6. moosie moosie

    Looks like the drivers door panel didn’t. hold up too well in 40K miles.
    Otherwise a very nice Corvette I wouldn’t mind owning a/t or 4spd.
    NICE !

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