Car Lust - 1969 Corvette Stingray
Long have I lusted for a Corvette. Not just any Vette mind you, but the earlier version of the Stingray. A 1969 Corvette with the 427 cubic inch big block nestled comfortably under the hood. One kind of like this:
Thanks for asking. It goes back to my impressionable childhood....
I was outside playing on the lawn with the dog when I heard some shouting, then a house door slam. Moments later a car door slammed, and I heard a tremendous growl coming from their garage. Gear change, hit the gas and the 'Vette laid rubber down the driveway as the guy backed out into the street. A moment to shift gears, drop the hammer, and he smoked the tires about half a block leaving matching black stripes the whole way.
This wasn’t just car lust, it was love at first sight.
So I’ve spent the last 30+ years of my life wanting one of these cars, cursed without the funds to track one down to build back up. Steve J. Lindsay has done a project rebuild on a nearly identical car (though my memory doesn’t include side pipes, I do think I’d add them on as well).
I think I’d be inclined to stick with the 427 if at all possible. I’d also go with Corvette yellow given my preference. T-tops, while at times known to be leaky, are almost a must. And as I mentioned, I think the side pipes are sexy. Posi in the rear, and I’d want a manual transmission without question. Not something I’d race, but I’d want to upgrade brakes and rubber and suspension so it really would hold the road well. I’d ditch period correct rims for something with a bit more style, though not bling rims. The shapes and curves of the body are where the eye should rightly rest on this car, and everything else should be adding to it, not taking away.
Clearly I’m not a purist looking to do a period correct restoration. I’d happily swap in more comfortable seats, and it would have to get some sound as well. Since space is pretty limited in this model of Corvette, I might have to settle for a single small subwoofer in a custom box, but I’d find room for it somewhere.
The best set of specs I’ve found on the ‘69 Corvette comes from the aptly named http://www.69corvette.com/69specs.html
The photos come from Steve J. Lindsay's page chronicling his Corvette rebuild. Worth clicking through for his other photos and a bit of his story on the rebuild.