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1975 Corvette -brochure cover
1975 Corvette exposed - brochure illustration
GM brochure courtesy Skip Marketti of The Nethercutt Collection
The horsepower rating of the standard Corvette engine was 165 hp. This isn't much more than the 155 hp of the 1954 Corvette - but that was a six cylinder motor! Smog regulations were to blame and the future looked very bleak. The news hit all car enthusiasts hard and many of them wondered what, given the present, the future would be like? And the horsepower figures did not tell the whole story. Fuel system engineers struggled mightily to satisfy tailpipe emissions regulations and were forced to engage in all sorts of trickery and undesirable practices to make their cars legal. The result was poor drivability, reliability problems and severely reduced fuel economy with lousy performance to rub salt in the wounds.
Since the rules were the same for all manufacturers, the story was the same everywhere. Many gave up on performance completely. Those that did not usually had results inferior to what the Corvette could offer. Chevrolet had not lost its allegiance to its enthusiast customer base and long standing Corvette qualities - high performance at a moderate price - were still available. The customers responded with sales volumes that kept increasing during this very rough period for performance cars.

1975 Corvette high energy ignition Right: A high energy ignition system became part of the 1975 Corvette and was a huge improvement over the previous transistorized system. Conventional points disappeared along with the hassle of installation and adjustment. Tachometers, which were previously mechanical and driven off the distributor via a cable, became electronically connected.

1975 Corvette For Sale

Corvette - $19,500
Price: $19,500
Exterior: White
Interior: Tan
Miles: 66,100
Location: Wilmington, NC

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Color - White w/tan interior and white top. Options include 4-speed, a/c, rally wheels and power steering (more)

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1975 was the first year since 1964 that only one engine displacement (350 cu. in.) was available. Catalytic convertors made their Corvette debut in 1975 and the design called for a single convertor along with the end of the true dual exhaust. The fuel tank featured an internal bladder.


1975 Corvette Convertible
Also coming to an end, albeit temporarily, was convertible production. 4,629 were produced for 1975 and word was that there would be no more. A declining interest in open cars due to safety concerns along with a prediction that they would essentially be outlawed was to blame. Many 1975 convertibles were bought with the expectation that their rarity would make them highly valuable in the future, which did not happen. The regulations banning convertibles never materialized and a ragtop Corvette returned to the scene in 1986 and has been an essential part of the Corvette experience since.
1975 Corvette convertible - Official GM photo
1975 Corvette: Official GM Photo.
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Comments (14)

Your website is very helpful I am currently in the market for a 1974 or 1975 conv with manual trans and a/c If you can help me locate this vehicle I would greatlyappreciate it My color of choice is Silver Mist
#1 - Ron Sheffield - 06/11/2011 - 15:45
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Where are you located?
#2 - WebCars! Webmaster - 06/11/2011 - 21:23
1975 corvette convertible w/manual transmission
i have one for sale in south florida. call me for info. at 954-584-0880
#3 - joe narbone - 06/14/2011 - 14:47
what was the gear ratio on the 1975 vette's
#4 - Steve Todd - 09/12/2011 - 01:06
76 Corvette
Are the interiors for the 75 & 76 the same. Redoing a 76 and want to use 75 colors.
#5 - Mel Elhard - 11/23/2011 - 10:39
I have a choice between a '75 vette convertible with 93K miles and a '76 vette coupe with 61K miles. Can't seem to make up my mind.

Any thoughts and/or comments would be appreciated
#6 - Steve - 02/23/2012 - 08:08
cheve
THAT IS A NICE CAR AND A GOOD PRICE
#7 - graeme ootttoo - 03/05/2012 - 19:04
Question about your '75 commentary
The comments read: "The result was poor drivability, reliability problems and severely reduced fuel economy with lousy performance to rub salt in the wounds." Is this about the '75 Corvette or about its competitors?

Looking at a used '75 and not sure if I should get an older or later model, based on the quote from your website.

Thanks!
#8 - Carrie - 11/01/2012 - 11:00
75 Corvette
I boughtand ordered a new 1975 Corvette. Mine was Orange w/Black vinyl interior T-Top, L-82 350, M-21 4 speed with 370 posi.No power steering/no air, with power disc brakes am/fm mono radio power windows and tilt tele steering wheel.I'm here to tell you that with Hooker side pipe headers and some tweaking this car rocked.The faster it went the lower to the ground it went.It would do 155 mph(not recommended on the highway).For a small H.P factory car this was neat to drive.
#9 - Jim B. - 01/14/2013 - 11:25
75 CORVETTE ROADSTER REGISTRY
GOOD INFO - AS WELL I AM RUNNING THE 75 CORVETTE ROADSTER REGISTRY WHERE ONE CAN FIND ALL KINDS OF INFO ON THIS RARE CAR.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
REGARDS
RICK
#10 - RICK - 02/07/2013 - 18:57
75 corvette
Have one for sale. If interested call jerry at 910-274-2401 for more info.
#11 - jerry - 05/24/2013 - 06:55
The Official '75 Corvette Roadster Registry
Still going strong with over 20,000 hits from all over the world.
Members from Australia to North America.
#12 - RICK - 09/28/2013 - 10:35
how do I sign up for the Roadster Registry ?
Where is a good place to search for a 1975 convertible with automatic and L82 for sale ?
I'm in the Midwest.
#13 - duane Simons - 10/13/2013 - 22:57
Looking for a 1975 Corvette convertible?
I would suggest you start at our Corvette for sale site at http://web-cars.com/forsale/

Another good source is eBay.com, which has an excellent search system that will email you when one is for sale in your area.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!
#14 - WebCars! Webmaster - 10/14/2013 - 00:12
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