Chevrolet Corvette 350/370 LT1 Convertible
Introduced for 1969, Chevrolet’s 350 cubic inch V8 served in basic form as the Corvette’s main powerplant nearly into the 21st century. While GM’s non-proliferation policy of the late 1960s took hold, the number of available engine options dropped drastically. Nonetheless, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s pet project, the high-winding, 370-hp LT1 reached production for 1970, and today, it continues to be revered as one of the finest high-performance engines ever created.
GM management stretched 1969 Corvette production by two months to meet demand created during a strike earlier in the year, with the shortened 1970-production schedule resulting in only 17,316 Corvettes built for 1970, the lowest production total of any C3 model year. Of those, just 6,648 were convertibles. In particular, the LT1 engine was quite rare, with just 1,287 Corvettes so equipped. Externally, the LT1 Corvette was easily identified with its big-block style bulged hood with unique striping and “LT1” outline decals.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
370 bhp, LT1 350 cu. in. V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods and a single transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98".
Source: RM Auctions