Find Out What Makes This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible So Rare

Any classic car from decades ago is a rarity, but a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible featured in a YouTube video from Volo Museum Auto Sales takes things to extremes. According to General Motors documentation, it’s only one of 252 Corvettes built that year with a three-speed Muncie gearbox. That’s out of a total production run of 38,762 units, making this classic a rare piece.

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Gleaming, But Imperfect Corvette Exterior

It’s hard not to notice the wet-looking clearcoat of this Corvette, but presenter Jay Grams is upfront about the subtle imperfections in the Riverside Gold paint. In addition to the occasional blemish, some rivet marks are evident on the front end. But, otherwise, the car still shows well from a body-off-frame restoration that the car underwent in the 1990s.

Grams gives the car high marks for a straight and aligned body with even panel gaps. A look at the undercarriage shows a remarkably clean and rust-free chassis that got refinished as part of the restoration.

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Show-Quality Corvette Engine Compartment

A highlight of the video is an engine compartment that makes the car appear like it just rolled off the factory floor. “Show quality” is one description, and it’s justified, with shiny chrome and immaculate engine components.

But alongside the numbers-matching 350 cubic-inch V8 is a non-original power steering system. Also added to this Corvette is a factory-style set of side exhausts. Interestingly, 1969 was the only C3 model year available with these factory-installed external pipes.

About The 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1969 Corvette marked the second year for the C3 generation, the longest-running version. Among the tweaks that Chevy made for this year was the debut of a steering column-mounted ignition and security lock-out switch. Engineers even added a warning light to indicate if the pop-up headlights failed to open.

While the small-block 350 cubic-inch V8 (with 300 ponies) was the base engine, the automaker offered numerous upgrades, ranging from a reworked 350 with 350 horsepower to a big block 427 making 435 horsepower.

McLaren developed the ZL1 version of the 427, which featured an all-aluminum engine block. Sold as a 430-horsepower option, actual output was closer to 500 horsepower or more, depending on who you believe. Only a handful of 1969 ‘Vettes came with the prohibitively expensive ZL1 option.

Sources: YouTube/Volo Museum Auto Sales, corvettemusuem.org, corvsport.com