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1975 Corvette: The Last Convertible

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.

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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.

1975 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
Custom Interior Trim n/a $154.00
Optional Rear Axle Ratios 1,969 (5.12%) $12.00
A31 Power Windows 28,745 (74.73%) $93.00
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (standard with coupe) 646 (1.68%) $41.00
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 2,407 (6.26%) $267.00
C08 Vinyl Covered Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible) 279 (0.73%) $350.00
C50 Rear Window Defroster 13,760 (35.77%) $46.00
C60 Air Conditioning 31,914 (82.97%) $490.00
FE7 Gymkhana Suspension 3,194 (8.30%) $7.00
J50 Power Brakes 35,842 (93.18%) $50.00
L82 350 cu. in. 205hp Engine 2,372 (6.17%) $336.00
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 1,057 (2.75%) n/a
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 28,473 (74.02%) n/a
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 31,830 (82.75%) $82.00
N41 Power Steering 37,591 (97.73%) $129.00
QRM White Stripe Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 5,233 (13.60%) $35.00
QRZ White Letter Steel Belted Tires, GR70x15 30,407 (79.05%) $48.00
U05 Dual Horns 22,011 (57.22%) $4.00
U58 AM-FM Radio, stereo 24,701 (64.22%) $284.00
U69 AM-FM Radio 12,902 (33.54%) $178.00
UA1 Heavy Duty Battery 16,778 (43.62%) $15.00
UF1 Map Light (on rearview mirror) 21,676 (56.35%) $5.00
YF5 California Emission Test 3,037 (7.90%) $20.00
Z07 Off Road Suspension and Brake Package 144 (0.37%) $400.00

Total Production: 38,465
Coupe: 33,836 (87.97%)
Convertible: 4,629 (12.03%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 165 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $6,810.10.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 165 hp engine and wide ratio four speed manual transmission: $6,550.10.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
10 Classic White 8,007 (20.82%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Red / Medium Saddle / Neutral / Silver Black / White Silver
13 Silver 4,710 (12.24%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Red / Medium Saddle / Silver Black / White Silver
22 Bright Blue 2,869 (7.46%) Black / Dark Blue / Silver Black / White Silver
27 Steel Blue 1,268 (3.30%) Black / Dark Blue / Silver Black / White Silver
42 Bright Green 1,664 (4.33%) Black / Medium Saddle / Neutral / Silver Black / White Silver
56 Bright Yellow 2,883 (7.50%) Black / Medium Silver / Neutral Black / White Silver
67 Medium Saddle 3,403 (8.85%) Black / Medium Silver / Neutral Black / White Silver
70 Orange Flame 3,030 (7.88%) Black / Medium Silver / Neutral Black / White Silver
74 Dark Red 3,342 (8.69%) Black / Dark Red / Medium Saddle / Neutral / Silver Black / White Silver
76 Mille Miglia Red 3,355 (8.72%) Black / Dark Red / Medium Saddle / Neutral / Silver Black / White Silver

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