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 I specialize in 1957 to 1982
Corvettes. 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. This is simply a one
man operation, and this is not my full time employment. I
do it because I enjoy it. I am a collector and enthusiast
and therefore look for cars that excite me. I do not
purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked by me
because it is special or rare to me and because I like it.
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Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this numbers
matching 1974 Corvette Convertible that is an excellent driver
and priced to sell.
looks good, runs great, and is a blast to drive. It was sold
new by The Kings Chevrolet Co. in Cincinnati, OH on September 28,
1973, verified by the original documentation with the car.
This is an excellent opportunity to own a very desirable Corvette at
an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and
sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal work and
The car is finished in the very rare and desirable color combination
of Bright Yellow (56) over Black (400). This is the original
and correct color scheme, verified by the trim tag pictured below.
It gets a ton of attention going down the road, especially with the
rare and striking color.
Please peruse all of the photos and numbers below to get a true
sense of how original and nice this Corvette really is.
Only 5,474 convertibles were made in
1974. A brand new restyled rear end was first featured
in 1974. The conventional rear bumper was replaced
with a sloping two piece design. This was the only
year for the split rear bumper Corvette. The new rear
end eliminated the last vestiges of the long-lived
rear-deck-lid spoiler and replaced it with a smooth-surfaced
rear deck and a body-colored resilient extension covering
the actual rear bumper and including the circular taillights
meeting new federal energy-absorbing standards.
As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.
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.
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.
The third digit, "6," verifies that the car is an original
convertible. The fifth digit, "J," verifies that this
is an original L48 Corvette. The last five digits are
the build sequence, meaning this is the
1,451st Corvette produced for 1973.
It also places the car's build date in September of 1973.
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
401451, are stamped on the
engine pad meaning this engine is original to this car.
Body Build Date
"B" Corresponds to September, and the 3 is the third day of
the month meaning this car has a body build date of
September 3, 1973
"V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.
The "08" is the eighth month of year and the "28" is the
twenty-eighth day of the month meaning the engine was
assembled on August 28, 1973.
This means the motor was intended for an L48 application
with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this
Engine Block Casting Number
The engine block has the correct 3970010 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date
H 24 3
"H" is August, the "24" is the twenty-fourth day of the
month, and the "3" is the last digit of the calendar year so
the engine block was cast on August 24, 1973. The
first digit was very hard to read on the car
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake manifold has the correct 340261 casting number.
Please note that this intake was only for the 1974 model
Intake Manifold Block Casting Date
H 1 3
"H" is August, the "1" is the first day of the month, and
the "3" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine
block was cast on August 1, 1973.
Carburetor Main Body
This car has a very rare Rochester carb built by Carter.
The first two digits, "70" are correct for all Rochesters
built between 1965 and 1975. The third digit, "4,"
means the carb was built in the 1970's. The fourth digit,
"4," means it was built for the 1974 model year. The fifth
digit, "2," indicates that it is a 4BBL carb. The sixth
digit, "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of
GM. The last digit, "6," means it was intended for use in a
automatic transmission car such as this
Carburetor Date Code
"H" is August and "3" is the last digit of the calendar year
so the carburetor was made in August of 1973.
The alternator has the correct stamping, 1100544, for a 1974
Corvette with air conditioning.
Alternator Date Code
3 H 17
The "3" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "H"
denotes August, and "17" is the seventeenth day of the month
meaning the alternator was made on August 17, 1973.
This has the correct stamping, 1108430, for a 1974 Corvette
with an automatic transmission and small block engine
Starter Date Code
3 G 10
The "3" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "G"
denotes July, and "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning
the starter was made on July 10, 1973.
"74" is the model year, 1974, and the "K" indicates that
this transmission is intended for a L48 Corvette, which is a
correct for this car.
Transmission Date Code
"201" is a date code indicating the 201st day starting from
January first of the calendar year in which the model year
was first produced. So the transmission was made on
the 201st day of 1973, which is July 20, 1973.
"T" is August and "U" is 1973 so the windshield was made in
August of 1973.
"I" is June and "U" is 1973 so this window was made in June
of 1973 .
"J" is May and "U" is 1973 so this window was made in May of
information obtained from Alan L. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
The Bright Yellow
is in beautiful driver condition. As one can see in the
the finish has dazzling gloss, deep
shine, and smooth finish.
top looks great with no rips, holes, or excessive wear.
The rear window is clear and not yellowed or foggy at all.
The top actually
fits quite well, but as with many of the C3 Corvettes, it can be
a bit finicky to operate.
There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally
excluded from the photos. I have done my best to
accurately and objectively photograph the car and show the flaws
I notices and there are many specific photos of those spots.
There are some there imperfections that were too faint to show up
in photos, but nothing that is really stands out from about five
or ten feet away.
The wheels are in
great condition with a nice bright finish and no curb rash.
The tires are almost brand new and appear to have about 95%
Please note that
all of the glass on this Corvette is date coded and
original to the car as each piece predates the build date of
September 3, 1973
(B03). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had
no major accident history
and never sustained significant damage.
This Corvette looks just as good in person
as it does in the photos.
The black interior of the Corvette looks
The seats are in good condition with no
rips, splits seams, or signs of excessive wear.
They are not
overly worn in the typical areas such as where the driver gets
in and out.
The carpet throughout the car is
also in great condition with no stains, rips,
This includes the rear carpet,
which is often neglected.
The dash is in
great condition with no cracks, fading, or sun damage.
The original jack and jack handle are still with the car in
the rear storage compartment. This car has not been smoked
in; there is no aroma whatsoever. Corvette interiors are
not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this
is a testament
to the meticulous care this car has received
throughout its life.
interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.
This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition.
The car starts
right away every time, idles well, and runs great.
It is an awesome driver
smooth on the road and at highway speeds. There is no
smoke when starting or driving the car. The brakes are
responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. The
transmission shifts smoothly throughout the power band.
Also, the engine compartment is clean and nicely detailed as one
can see in the photos.
Corvette has plenty of power and is very fast.
The horn works as
do the headlights, fan for the heater and a/c, all gauges (with
the obvious exception of the clock), wipers, lights, and power
The vacuum for
the headlights works as both lights pop up with the headlight
switch or override switch as they should. The heater core
has been bypassed and the car has some typically Corvette leaks.
The a/c does not work, but the compressor in not locked up and
spins freely and all of the components are in place so it
probably needs to be charged.
Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to
drive this car, especially with the top down on a beautiful day.
This Corvette runs and drives as well as it
Overall, this 1974 Corvette convertible is
in terrific driver condition. It is a great value and we
have it priced it to sell. This car turns heads and gets
ton of attentions wherever it goes. Numbers matching is
extremely important in Corvette pricing. The original
owners manual, plastic pouch, 1974 Chevrolet Maintenance
Schedule, Emission Control Systems, Consumer Information
pamphlets, and even the Chevrolet Warranty booklet with the
original owners name and dealer who sold the car new are still
with the car and included with the sale.
The 74 and 75 Convertibles are still some of the best deals
around in the Corvette market.
They are all solid investments for a
collector. Cars like this are the Barrett Jackson stars of
the future. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for
several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with
Thank you for looking and please email or
call with any questions.
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.