The LT-1 package was offered on the Corvette from 1970 until 1972, but the 1970 cars are really the ones to have. Those U.S. emissions regulations, all too familiar to gearheads, really choked the life out of the LT-1, and by 1972 the it was down a disappointing 100 horsepower from the rip-snorting 1970 cars. The car featured here, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is from 1970, has matching numbers, and is one of only 400 convertible LT-1s built by Chevrolet in that year.
The LT-1 was arguably the best of the small-block Corvettes. With solid lifters, a hotter cam, and 11:1 compression, the 350 ci V-8 was able to crank out around 370 horsepower, just one of the specifications that was proudly but tastefully displayed on the little plaque below the shifter. Another visual clue was the not-so-subtle domed hood with white stripes and LT-1 lettering wrapped around. With a close-ratio four-speed and low weight (compared to the big-block Corvettes, at least) of around 3,300 pounds, the LT-1 was a thoroughly potent machine on the open road and between the stoplights. People who wanted a boulevard cruiser to pick up girls, though, were better off saving the money and buying the base package. The LT-1 was a driver’s car and, like the big-block L88, it has been highly valued by collectors in recent years
This particular LT-1 Convertible presents very nicely, finished in Marlboro Maroon and riding on Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires. It is unclear why the seller uses quotation marks when he advertises the engine and transmission as “ORIGINAL”, or why he does the same when claiming that we will be “IMPRESSED” with the car’s condition, but this Corvette certainly looks the part. With the 60th anniversary of America’s sports car being celebrated all over the world, a lot of people will be looking back on the many highs and lows in the life of the Corvette. Cars like this LT-1, with its free-breathing motor, aggressive hood, and neat egg-crate inlets behind the front wheels certainly represent one of the high points. The last of the hot C3s built before the Corvette’s Dark Ages later in the 1970s, this car is definitely worth a look.
Check out the 1970 Corvette LT-1 Convertible here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $29,700.