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Car Tales: Sexiness! 1972 Chevrolet Corvette

The personification of American classy good taste.
A muscle-car before we had even heard of them when first launched 70 years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette with its clean, crisp, quasi-art deco lines has to be the horniest-looking car ever to hit the market.
1972 Chevrolet Corvette for sale
But as macho as they come, the Corvette looks even finer with a woman behind the wheel of what is the quintessential American sports-car. In fact, the two-door, two-passenger luxury Chevy Corvette is such an iconic motoring image – so sexy, so stylish, so futuristic, such puissance – that is has become known as ‘America’s Sports Car.’ And it remains one of the most visibly notable cars on the highways of the USA today.

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Take a look at the beauty we have right now at Beverly Hills Car Club, a genuine piece of automotive history, a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette with T-Tops finished in Steel Cities Grey complemented with a gorgeous Red interior and Black Baldwin stripes. Equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission, V8 engine, Holley 4-barrel carburetor, four-wheel disc brakes, concealed headlights, removable T-Top roof panels, quadruple tail lights, L-88 hood & fender flares, chin spoiler, side exiting exhaust, V-shaped front bumper with a split chromed rear bumper, American Racing Torq Thrust style wheels and BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires.
1972 Chevrolet Corvette side view
Additional convenience features include forward-folding front seats, manual-crank windows, outside rearview mirrors, rear storage compartments, sun visors, and a a padded armrest. This example comes with an owner’s manual booklet. This sharp-looking American classic is an excellent weekend cruiser and is mechanically sound.
The 1972 Chevrolet Corvette was changed very little from the previous years. Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, but the body and interior were new. Yet this was the last year for certain major aspects: no longer would there be steel chrome front bumpers, side bright ‘egg crate’ grills, or removable rear windows.
The 1972 Corvette was a part of the C3 design group of Chevrolet Corvettes. The ‘C3’ designates that the 1972 design was a part of the third major overhaul of the appearance and functionality of the Chevrolet Corvette.
The C3 term was used for the Corvettes from 1968 through the 1982 model year, the third major overhaul of the appearance and functionality of the Chevrolet Corvette. With assorted modifications along the way the C3 Corvette was in production from 1968 until 1982, the longest production run of any Corvette.
1972 Chevrolet Corvette rear view
There were three separate power options for the Camarro’s engine: the 350, the LT-1, and the 454.
Our Beverly Hills Car Club 1972 Chevy Corvette that is described above is an LT-1. The LT-1 had a 350 cubic inch V-8 engine delivering 255 HP with a Holley four-barrel carburetor.
1972 Chevrolet Corvette interior
This small block Chevrolet engine incorporated a sophisticated reverse-flow cooling system, electronic fuel injection, and aluminum heads.
It was central to the Corvette and the throaty pitch of the exhaust and that 0-60 mph figure of 6 seconds and a top speed of 137 mph.
Transmission was via a Muncie four speed manual. Stopping-power was from brakes that were hydraulic-vented four wheel discs. Suspension was independent both front and back: coil springs with anti-roll front suspension and semi-elliptic leaf springs, radius arms and an anti-roll bar in the rear.
But what of the T-Top? This of course references the pair of removable roof panels on the Corvette which, when taken down, replicate the experience of driving a full-blown convertible.
In 1968 Chevrolet had opted to begin producing the T-Top when the word was out that convertibles might be outlawed, victims of imminent safety concern regulations.
Although such a law was never introduced, from that year on Corvette drivers were offered an optional exhilarating driving experience with the T-Top. In fact, from 1968 to 1982 every Corvette – apart from convertibles – had a T-Top. Between 1968 and 1977 the only Corvette T-Top option was a removable fiberglass T-Top coupe.
The T-Top panels fastened with two latches per top until 1978 when the single latch option would be introduced and maintained until 1982.
mr alex manos 72 vette
The T-Top had been invented in 1948 and patented in 1951 by car designer Gordon Buehrig. His T-Top had been used in 1948 in a prototype car for The American Sportscar Company – Tasco, as it was more commonly known. However for reasons that are unclear the prototype was the only example of the automobile that Tasco ever made.
When the T-Top resurfaced on the 1969 Corvette, Buehrig sued General Motors for copyright infringement, winning the case but with a relatively small settlement.
In fact the T-Top was so popular with Corvette buyers that production of convertibles was stopped in 1976, not resuming for another ten years!
-Alex Manos, Owner
1972 Chevrolet Corvette buyer Alex Manos

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