Blue ’72 Chevy Corvette Stingray Wows North Carolina

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1972 Corvette Stingray

Matching-numbers Stingray moved to North Carolina nearly 30 years ago, backed by a 350 with four-speed.

The C3-era of the iconic Corvette was the perfect bridge between the muscular C2 of the Sixties and the streamlined, aerodynamic C4 of the Eighties. The strong front fenders of the C3 contained the DNA from the C2, while the overall shape would eventually serve as the template for following Corvettes to this day.

One such C3 recently made a big splash in Statesville, North Carolina’s newspaper, Statesville Record & Landmark, and it is clearly living its best life.

1972 Corvette Stingray

Owned by Darrell Nantz in the nearby town of Troutman, the 1972 Stingray was acquired in 1993 “from a man in Indianapolis,” and has remained in the Carolinas ever since.

1972 Corvette Stingray

According to Nantz, the Corvette “is completely original with matching numbers. It has a 350 cubic inch engine and four speed transmission.” The 350 would have made anywhere between 200 and 255 horses in 1972, a figure it might still make today. The whole thing rides on a set of Chevy Rallye wheels wrapped in white-letter Goodyear Eagle STs.

1972 Corvette Stingray

“I love the body style and I have always wanted a Corvette,” Nantz told the Record & Landmark, which is the best reason for owning a blue beauty like this ’72 Stingray.

Photos: Statesville Record & Landmark

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

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