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General question from a newbie here (great website, glad I found it):

I'm looking to buy a C3 in the next few weeks and just wanted some opinions regarding the various C3s.

In my area (Atlanta), with my budget (10-20K), the selection appears to be

1. 68-73 convertibles with high milage but high hp engines and in need of some restoration

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2. 77-82 coupes which are very clean, less milage, but lower hp engines with less restorative needs

So are the early C3's that much more fun than the late C3's? I know this is a subjective question just asking for some experienced opinions. I'm not interested in showing the car just driving and enjoying the experience.

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That's a question I have pondered also.

I think the secret is asking yourself how much time and money are you willing to commit to the car to make it a fun driving experience. All of them are fun both to drive and to maintain.

If you just want a daily driver then remember the typical C3 with the stock engines average around 9 to 13 mpg depending upon your right foot. The C4 and above have much better efficiency.

The year is not as important as how the car was maintained. Spend some time under the car and examine the suspension and drive train. Also remember the rear bearing require greasing and this seems to be overlooked on many(not an easy job).

I loved my C3 but the next one will have heavy mods in both the suspension and power train.

Good fortune on your hunt and be patient. You will find the right one.
 

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For me a convertible was a must so i was limited to pre '75
i prefer the tail of the '68-'73
and I really wanted a red 4-speed car
That REALLY narrowed down my search ALOT!!
Make A list of options that are Important to you Then begin your search... It will save you big $$$ in the long run
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I too am thinking of a c3. I've had a '77 and an '81. What I want to do though is find a low mileage '79, 80, or 81... WITH A 4 SPEED! That in and of itself is tough. There really aren't that many. Then I want to toss a huge amount of mods at it. Get that horse power back up to where the early C3's were.

I have looked at a bunch of early converts but again most of them needed an engine rebuild or a frame off. It may not be the case for you though depending on the area. I'm in Ohio. So if someone just throws the car in a Barn it does rust.

Anyone have a nice '79, 80 or 81 they wanna sell me cheap?
 

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Did you say 79?

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I know the 69 and later had better frames, more rigid. The 75 was the last year for fiberglass floors but also the lowest horsepower but it did have the larger half shafts.
I personally would go for the best body , the best maintained and build a engine to suit.
I also like automatics because of the frame with it's removable crossmember. For anyone who really works on his car this helps with transmission removals. Something I have done about half a dozen times.
The 69 is the most popular plus some really like chrome bumpers.
Whatever you buy it will need alot of work. These are very old cars with dead suspension, usually brake problems, alot need paint and not really suited for a daily driver.
Woman might think it nice at first but most quickly tire of it.
I have been building mine for 14 years and it looks like I will be at it for another 14 years.
At least they don't rust. Well the body at least, the frames do.
 

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If I had a choice I'd get the 68-72 C3. Gotta love those chrome bumpers on the front and back. One of those were out of my price range so I settled for the 74.
 

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I sold the 72 that is my avatar a couple of years ago for $9000. It had 93,000 miles 350, auto, AC, coupe, no ps pb or pw. It had a LT1 intake and Holley carb. I redid everything to make it like new. The paint wasn't orginal color so that hurt the value around here. I had the overall condition excellent. I'd have drove it coast to coast if need be.
The main problem with these are the frames will rust in front of the rear axle. The older years can crack the rear differential case where it attaches to the rear crossmember. Then suspension bushings will deteriorate with age unless replaced already.
I was partial to chrome bumpers 68-72 or chrome rear only 73.
 

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You should be able to pick up a real nice 80-82 for less than $10k.
And you can have a lot of fun with it. I rebuilt my 82 top to bottom and can still sell it and make a profit. It's all in what you want . Show car, cruise car, daily driver.... Each one means a different kind of vet.... Enjoy and save the WAVE.

Just my thoughts.

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One redeeming factor of the 75' is that it is almost identical to the 74'. The 75' was the first year to have the cadalytic converter installed but unless you have stiff EPA inspections the 74 exhaust fits nicely on a 75 with little modification. True this is a minor horsepower gain but it is somethin.
 

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:excited: OR--you can take the cat of the 75, hook up a set of flow masters and really make a difference. It's all in what you want out of your Vette.

More important, ENJOY!

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I am also in the Atlana area...Kennesaw to be exact. Almost 2 years ago I purchased a low milage '82, my first Vette. Mine is completely original as it rolled off the factory floor and I plan to keep it that way. Sure, I have the "crappy" Cross Fire Injection system, and at "only" 200 HP it's not like the bigger engines of earlier models. But let's be realistic. It has enough get up and go to be WAY fun.
I have put 17,000 miles on it in just under 2 years. It has run flawlessly. If you have any further questions, including where to look at Vettes for sale in the Atlanta area, feel free to drop me a line at: [email protected]
 

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My parents used to live in Kennesaw...beautiful place. I used to go running in the battlefield monument park.

American Sportscar Center had a good selection of C3's...is there another place that sells C3's in Atlanta?

Looking forward to having a corvette to call my own. I'm trying to be patient and I'm enjoying the whole process (researching the cars, test drives, etc.) :D

Thanks to all for the insight.

Jeff
 

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Yes, Kennesaw is a nice little town, but it's grown alot in the last 3 or 4 years. I was going to refer to you to American Sportscar Center if you had not heard of it. There was also a place in Smyrna called Big Boys Toys (or something like that) that had alot of old Vettes but I haven't been in that area for a while. ASC has a brand new facility in Gwinnette County.
Yeah, the test drives are fun. But nothin compared to owning your own. Hope you get one soon.
 

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Well, for 10-20k, you can fine just about any year c3 you want that is already to go. You first have to not limit yourself to your local area. There are some very nice vert and coupes for you budget that needs little or nothing done to them.

One that has mods or going to be modded will in most case cost less then an original. Also it will help you to narrow your choices down, either early c3 or later c3, early c3's are nicer IMO.
 

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go for full chrome bumpers, 70, 71, or 72.
 

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My first post in this forum.

You got quite a swing in your budget. Its alwatys stated tha5t you should buyy the most car you can buy up front. Let someone else put their sweat into the car and sell it for less than invested.

If I had 10K to 20K, I would probably go Chrome bumper for my next rig.

I have to admit though, with the 82 and its OD tranny, it's nice when I go for a cruise for 3-4 hours and my gas guage doesn't go from F to E in that amount of time.:cool:

Brent...
 

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What is your mpg for the 82 w/od?
 
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