|Comments:||There have been many great Corvettes built over the years; but, for those who share Zora Arkus Duntov’s vision of the Corvette as world class sports car, there is none better then the 1970 LT-1 Corvette. This is the Corvette which offers big block acceleration without compromising small block balance and handling prowess. With a high winding small block 350ci engine cranking out 370hp and 380ft lbs of torque and a 4-Speed manual transmission to run through the gears, the 1970 LT-1 can zoom all the way up to 6,500rpm with necksnapping acceleration and take the corners with the best European sports cars. |
The May 1970 Motor Trend magazine issue reported the results of a comparison test of the 1970 LT-1 vs. 1970 Porsche 911E and offered the following observations: “As expected, the Corvette, with more than double the horsepower and torque rating of the Porsche, out-accelerated its German adversary. With a quarter mile time of 14.36 seconds and 101.69 mph, the Vette easily out-distanced the smaller-engined Porsche’s 15.9 e.t. and 93.36 mph…Off the strip and onto the road course, this is where the Porsche should reign supreme. For years now the words Porsche and handling have been synonymous….Here is where we experienced the biggest surprise of the test. The Corvette was just as fast if not faster through the corners as the Porsche…There is but one word to describe the Corvette’s handling: superb. It corners quite flat and exudes a confidence–inspiring glued-to-the-road feel.” Thank you, Zora Arkus Duntov and company.
To achieve it’s legendary performance, the 1970 LT-1 used some of the best internal engine parts GM ever made. A solid lifter motor featuring a forged steel crankshaft, 4-bolt main block, 11:1 compression ratio, impact extruded pistons, high-lift camshaft, low restriction exhaust, aluminum intake manifold, 4-barrel 800cfm Holley carburetor, and finned aluminum valve covers. Mated with the required Muncie 4-Speed, these mechanical gems produced sounds and a driving experience never to be experienced again in a production car. The ’70 LT-1 marked the end of an era. It was the last solid lifter V8 produced by GM. It’s power rating and specific output were not exceeded by a domestic production V8 for another 20 years.
Aside from its incredible performance characteristics, a “real deal” documented 1970 LT-1 Corvette is an investment grade Corvette due to its rarity. The LT-1 option was only available in 1970, 1971, and 1972, with the 1,287 made in 1970 being the lowest LT-1 production number of the 3 year run, with the highest horsepower rating and 11:1 compression ratio. This is unquestionably, the LT-1 to own, as long as it’s a documented LT-1.
The Donnybrooke Green 1970 LT-1 coupe being offered for sale here is quite simply one of the nicest, if not the nicest, highly original and beautifully restored examples to be found today, scoring 99.4 in NCRS judging. This is a 1970 LT-1, with its original drivetrain, Corvette Order Copy (Tank Sheet), photographic documentation of its 1st class body-off restoration, and the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence, with only 200 miles on the odometer since the restoration was completed and the car judged.
Here is an opportunity for the discriminating Corvette buyer who wants the “best of the best” and will be happy with no less.
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