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general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1970

rpo code description
19437 Corvette Sport Coupe
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission
L46 350ci 350hp Engine
PU9 White Letter Tires
U69 AM-FM Radio

 

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   4-Speed Manual
Odometer:   93,265 (Actual)
Engine:   350 ci L46 V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   194370S409517
about the dealership

Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am.  Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation.  We do it because we enjoy it.  We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it. 

contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468
 

vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this highly desirable 1970 Corvette in nice driver condition with the L46 high horsepower small black engine option. The car looks greats, runs well, and feels great on the road. It is very correct and original as one can see from the extensive list of numbers below, which is especially important on cars with rare and special options like this one. There is a photo below showing the VIN stamp and engine code stamped on the engine block. A strike in 1969 shorted the production of the 1970 model year Corvette to less than seven months and less than half the number of vehicles of the previous year. Only 4,910 L46 Corvettes were ever made. This 1970 L46 Stingray is priced to sell, always turns heads, and gets a TON of attention going down the road. The market on these chrome bumper Corvettes is red hot right now. This Corvette is owned free and clear with no liens by Seven Hills Motorcars, the title is NOT branded as salvage or rebuilt. The original mileage is verified as original not only by the condition of the car, but also the Ohio title, pictured below, stating the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos, numbers, video, and information below to get a true sense of how nice and clean this Corvette really is.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle. We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did. We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

model description

 

 

1970 was the last year for high compression, truly full output, and all out performance engines in Corvettes. The model years to follow were more at the mercy of insurance companies, fuel prices, and emission concerns. The 1970 Corvette saw the shortest production time and lowest production numbers for any year of "chrome bumper" Corvettes. Total production in 1970 was only 17,316, which was the lowest since 1962. A strike at GM caused the 1969 model year to run for an extra 4 months so production on the 1970 models did not start until January of 1970. The body shape in 1970 was improved with fender flares to reduce the damage from wheel thrown debris. Many enthusiasts prefer the more pronounced fender flare and wheel opening introduced this year. 1970 also introduced the iconic "egg-crate" grills on the side of the car, which were only used on Corvettes for 3 years and have become a symbol of the "chrome bumper" Corvettes. The interior saw subtle improvements including a redesigned seat for better headroom and better access to the storage area. As in investment, the 1970 model year be particularly great due to the rarity and the fact that this was the last year Corvettes and muscle cars as a whole were purpose built for speed and performance without the limitations from environmental and emission concerns.

 

numbers

 


Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled. All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 194370S409517 The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM.  The "94" is the series, Stingray V8 Corvette.  The "37" is the body style, 2-door sport coupe. The sixth digit, "0," indicates the model year, 1970.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 9,517th Corvette made for 1970.
Body Build Date E18 "E" corresponds to May, and the 18 is the eighteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette body build date is May 18, 1970. This date is also confirmed by the VIN sequence.
Engine Code V0325 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "03" is the third month of year and the "25" is the twenty-fifth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on March 25, 1970.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CTH This means the motor was intended for a 350ci 350hp Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 409517 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 409517, are stamped on the engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.  
Engine Block Casting Number 3970010 The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date C 20 0 "C" is March, "20" is the twenty day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on March 20, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 3965577 The intake manifold has the correct 3965577 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date L 1 9 "L" is December, "1" is the first day of the month, and "9" is 1969 so the intake was cast on December 1, 1969.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Left Cylinder Head Casting # 3927186 The left cylinder head has the correct 3927186 casting number.
Left Cylinder Head Casting Date B 5 0 "B" is February, "5" is the fifth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the head was cast on February 5, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Right Cylinder Head Casting # 3827188 The right cylinder head has the correct 3827188 casting number.
Right Cylinder Head Casting Date C 16 0 "C" is March, "16" is the sixteenth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the head was cast on March 16, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Exhaust Manifold LH 3932461 The left exhaust manifold has a 3932461 casting number. We have noticed discrepancies in exhaust manifold casting numbers in the past.
Exhaust Manifold RH 3747042 The right exhaust manifold has a 3747042 casting number. We have noticed discrepancies in exhaust manifold casting numbers in the past.
Driver's Window YV The "Y" is October and the "V" is 1969 so this window is original, made in October of 1969.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger Window LT "L" is March and "T" is 1970 so this window is original, made in March of 1970.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window LV "L" is March and "V" is 1969 so this window should be original, made in March of 1969.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The red exterior is in great driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the finish has nice gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. Both doors open and shut nicely. Often many corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not. The underside of the front end is in great condition as evidenced by the photos. There are no major imperfections that have been excluded from the photos. There are some faint blemishes around the car that were too faint to show up in photos, but nothing that is really noticeable from five or ten feet away. The chrome and other bright work on the car shows well overall. The front bumper is in better condition than the rears, but has one broken mounting bolt. As one can see in the many photos of the underside of the car, the frame looks totally solid around the key hole area in front of the rear tires and I have seen no evidence of corrosion problems around the windshield, which are the two most common areas for rust on a C3 Corvette. The wheels are in great condition with a great finish and absolutely no curb rash on the beauty rings.

The Corvette looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.

Window Date Codes

Please note that the "Astro Ventilation" door glass and rear glass on this Stingray are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of May 18, 1970 (E18). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.


Interior

The saddle interior of the Corvette is also in terrific condition. The seats look just in person just as they do in the photos with no rips, split seams, or excessive wear. We have included photos of the areas most prone to deterioration. The carpet is in very nice condition with no tears, holes, or major stains. This includes the rear carpet with is often neglected. The door panels are in good condition and are not cracked in the typical area where the driver rests his elbow. The dash has no fading, sun damage, or cracks. The radio in the car is an aftermarket unit and sounds great. The car has not been smoked in and there is no aroma of cigarettes what so ever. Corvette interiors are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this interior is a testament to the care this car has received throughout its life.


Mechanical

This car seems to be in good overall mechanical condition. The engine and the way this car runs are some of its strongest points. The engine was recently rebuilt according to previous owner, which makes sense since the car has newer cylinder heads and makes a ton of oil pressure as one can see in the video below. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles well. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving from the exhaust. The car drives great; it feels good the road and at highway speeds. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other, but keep in mind this car came from the factory with manual brakes so they take a bit more pedal pressure than a modern vehicle. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast with the L46 engine option. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos. The horn works as do all the exterior lights, temp gauge, battery gauge, fuel gauge, speedometer, and tachometer. The vacuum system for the headlights works, but is very slow and sometimes the lights will come up for a second when the car is started, which is a common problem on this era C3. There are some items on the car that do not work such as some of the fiber optics, obviously the clock, the manual vent controls, blower, wipers, and wiper door. Most sellers, and definitely most dealers, would never be so up front and honest to disclose such details. The door locks work, but they are temperamental. The car will occasionally pop out of third gear. The drivers window may have a few broken teeth on the gear in the window regulator as it needs a hand up the last few inches, but a new regulator gear is included with the car. One may notice in the photos that the car features modern Chevrolet cylinder heads. The original cylinder head with the correct casting numbers and casting dates are also included with the car and pictured below. This car may have a few bugs to be worked out still, but not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with extras power from the L46 option and T-tops out on a beautiful day.

A note on the fiber optic light monitoring system. We consistently receive many questions about the purpose of this system; exactly what it is and what it does. The sole and main idea behind the fiber optic light monitoring system is to simply confirm that all of the exterior lights, headlights, indicators, tail lights, etc., are working and to make the driver aware of a a burned out bulb. Each lamp on the outside of the car has an actual fiber optic cable the runs to an indicator on the center console. There are nine small indicators on the console and each has its own finer optic cable. When the bulb goes on the light travels through the fiber optic cable and illuminates the corresponding indicator on the console. If someone does not remember to plug the cable end into the lamp housing, does any work to the center console, or if there is a break in a connection or anywhere along the cable, that indicator no longer works. As one can image, over time this is very common.


Overall Condition

Overall, this 1970 L46 Corvette is in nice driver condition. The car is obviously not prefect and needs a bit of work; we have it priced to sell with all of the good points and needs in mind. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing, especially with highly desirable models like the L46, and as one can see this car is quite correct. There are photos below of the VIN stamp on the engine block. In my opinion and based on our experience the "Chrome Bumper" cars from 1968-1972 are the most collectible and hottest in the entire Corvette market right now and 1970 is the most rare of all the years. The value of these cars has gone up exponentially in recent years. They are all solid investments for a collector.

 

The originality, rarity, and matching numbers make this car especially important and difficult to duplicate. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is very apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its previous owners. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased drastically over the past years. They are secure and wise investments for a collector. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

 

Thank you for looking and please email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle video

 


For a nine minute video of the car starting, running, a walk around, and function check please visit:
http://youtu.be/oUma-6Pl2xc .
 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped across the country or even across the world to their new owners. Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping process and glad to help our customers with it. We are more than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in world. For our domestic customers in the United States we can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added expense for a shipping broker. Please feel free to contact us for a shipping quote.

 

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