Inexpensive fun doesn''t have to include some off-brand ''80s leftover. Instead, you can have a genuine Corvette, complete with T-tops and side pipes, for about the price of an eight-year-old Honda. At this price, why the heck WOULDN''T you put a Corvette in your garage? No, it''s not a show-stopper, but it sure looks good for its age. The front and rear bumpers have been exchanged for those from a later model, and they give it a slick high-performance look that was definitely lacking in 1974. It was painted a few years ago, and the builders certainly took it to a level beyond what Chevrolet was putting out from the factory when this one was new. Fit and panel alignment are about par for the course in the mid-70s Corvette market, but the paint shines up well and looks great hammering down the street. Not only does it look great, but this one was built to create a fun, fast C3 that could go anywhere. And at that, they succeeded. Once you see what''s going on under the hood, you''ll understand why they didn''t invest heavily in making it 100% accurate, and a talented hobbyist could easily take it to the next level without a big investment in time or money. The black interior was completely gutted and everything was insulated to control heat and noise inside, and it was incredibly effective. Closing the door seals this ''Vette up like a tomb, and all the soft parts were re-dyed and look quite good with minimal wear. The factory gauges were chucked and replaced with Auto Meter Phantoms, whose white faces and big bolt numbers look quite good in the vintage Corvette''s interior. New speakers were installed in the dash, powered by an AM/FM/CD stereo in the center stack, and a fresh Ron Francis wiring harness went in before it was all buttoned up. To further control heat (C3 owners know that the soles of your sneakers will get soft after an afternoon in one of these), the heater core has its own shut-off valve. But in terms of get-in-and-have-fun, this car needs nothing more than an enthusiastic new owner. The original engine was yanked, and the new 350 cubic inch V8 was built from the ground up to serve as a high-performance piece in this Corvette. The new block was bored .030 oversize, magnafluxed, and filled with new oversized pistons, Edelbrock heads, a Crane cam, and an MSD HEI ignition system to light the fires. A modest Holley 650 carb ensures lightning-quick throttle response and great mid-range punch was fitted up top, and Hedman headers dump into those glorious Patriot side pipes for the ultimate in stereophonic sound. Everything in and around the engine except the block and crank is new, including the fuel pump, water pump, starter, alternator, and even the engine mounts. The TH400 3-speed automatic was rebuilt with a B&M Holeshot 3000 RPM stall converter, and the original rear end delivers the power. It''s quite solid underneath, albeit not restored, and the shiny aluminum wheels from a later ''Vette look awesome with 215/65/15 blackwalls wrapped around them. Bargains exist, and this Corvette is proof. Very fast and still looking great, you can easily own the icon you never thought you could afford. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.