The low-production LT1 models were renowned for exceptional performance and sharply balanced handling
While the 1967 Chevy Corvette with 427 big-block power gets all the attention, there are those who see the 1970 Corvette LT1 as a pinnacle of sports car achievement with arguably the greatest small-block V8 GM ever produced.
The Pick of the Day is a rare piece of performance history, a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 convertible, of which there were only 250 built for that model year. The car is presented in the rare and attractive factory color of Corvette Bronze; the seller believes it is one of only 15 LT1 roadsters in that shade.
The sturdy and flexible 350cid engine is a high-revving powerhouse, the last solid-lifter V8 built by GM and rated at 370 horsepower and 380 pounds-feet of torque. The LT1 came only with a Muncie four-speed manual transmission, which on this Corvette runs through a 4:11 rear axle for what the seller calls “head-snapping” acceleration.
The convertible looks to be in immaculate condition, having had a frame-on restoration and repaint on a car with just 54,357 original miles. From the third generation of Corvettes with their extravagantly swoopy styling, LT1 models with the lighter V8s are known for balanced handling prowess that rivaled the high-priced European thoroughbreds of the era.
“This is an excellent Corvette, properly sorted, an absolute thrill to enthusiastically drive and thoroughly enjoy,” according to the Maple Shape, New Jersey, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. “Never off its original frame, this Corvette drives like only a factory-mounted Corvette drives.”
The Corvette is coming out of “the estate of a longtime NCRS member, who purchased the car in March of 1985 from a close friend who had owned the car since 1975,” the seller adds.
Besides being a low-mileage car with the most desirable setup, this Corvette has all its bona fides with full documentation, the dealer notes. “Real-deal documented 1970 LT1 Corvettes, with their original drive train, body panels, Protect-O-Plate and Window Sticker are few and far between.”
It also is an award-winning car deemed authentic by the experts.
“This 1970 LT1 convertible (has) been closely inspected by the most knowledgeable and respected Corvette judges on numerous occasions and been awarded the most-coveted honors in the Corvette hobby, including 8 NCRS Top Flight Awards (National, Regional, Chapter), the NCRS Performance Verification Award, the highly esteemed NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award and the Chevy Vette Fest Gold Spinner Award,” the dealer says.
“Being a Corvette of distinction, the car was invited to be displayed in the NCRS Gallery at the Corvettes at Carlisle Show, with other top-quality highly awarded Corvettes.”
The Corvette is offered for $69,000, which sounds like an absolute bargain for a good-looking, low-mileage LT1 with documentation and a full portfolio of NCRS awards.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day