The NCM houses a number of Corvettes in their collection that are donated to the Museum by generous donors. Apart from being showcased in one of the Museum’s many exhibits, many of these vehicles are used for the NCM’s“Museum In Motion” programs, educational programs, school visits and parades. Additionally, many cares are donated with the specific goal of being converted into cash for the benefit of the Museum’s future growth.
This 1974 Corvette was donated to the NCM in early 2014 and has been exhibited numerous times at the Museum. It was a one-owner car at the time of its donation. The original purchaser bought it new with just 8 miles on the odometer. Today, the car has just 34,434 miles on it.
“We are thankful to the donor of this Corvette and have enjoyed it being in the collection for the past five years,” said Derek E. Moore, Director of Collections / Curator of the National Corvette Museum. “Money raised by auctioning this Corvette will be reinvested into the Museum’s collections, whoever purchases this Corvette is truly helping us further our mission.”
This car is finished in Dark Brown (Paint Code 68) with a Saddle-colored leather interior (Code 416). The car comes equipped with the original 350 cubic inch, 250 horsepower L82 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. The car also features Corvette Rally wheels with Firestone White-Letter GR70-15 tires.
The car’s interior was enhanced with a custom interior package that included wood-grained door panels and console trim, along with carpeted lower door panels. The car features working air-conditioning, four-wheel power disc brakes, power steering, a tilt/telescoping steering column, AM/FM radio and an alarm system.
The 1974 Corvette was the first model-year to feature color-matching urethane bumpers on both the front and rear of the car, and it was the last Corvette model to not-include a catalytic converter system. It is also the famed year of the “split rear bumper.”
This car would be a great Corvette for an enthusiast’s collection or be a fun daily driver.
The winner of this auction will also receive the “NCM Experience” through the Museum’s on-site Corvette Delivery Department. Much like the GM Option Code R8C (which offers new Corvette owners the opportunity to take delivery of their Corvette at the Museum), the NCM Experience provides owners a red-carpet experience that includes a day in the spotlight with your newly purchased Corvette. The program includes a V.I.P. Museum Tour, a one-year individual membership to the Museum, a commemorative plaque, a silver decal commemorating the experience and a professional photograph of you with your new Corvette in front of the Museum. The “Experience” Corvettes are also parked on display on Corvette Boulevard (in the massive Museum Foyer) and are viewable by all Museum patrons as well as via the Museum’s web cams.
NOTE: Should any of our followers happen to be the winning bidder of this beautiful 1974 Corvette, we would welcome the chance to interview you for the website and include your story as a follow-up to this article.