Custom Cruise Friday
In the course of the Custom Cruise Friday series, there have been some Corvette fans that have come along. And then there is this week’s owner, Bob Schultze. Schultze may be one of the preeminate Corvette owners and collectors in Canada. Over the years he has owned at least eight different Corvettes ranging in years from a 1970 Corvette Stingray Convertible (this week’s feature) through the 1980s and finally ending up with a 2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible. Schultze purchased his first Corvette at the age of 25, starting his journey down the road to being a major collector and authority on the historic sports car.
This week’s Custom Cruise Friday entry is a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible in Cortez Silver and a red interior. Schultze came across the car while shopping for a new Corvette to own, he wasn’t necessarily shopping for this particularly rare model. The 1970 Corvette Stingray is special for a number of reasons. Among the most important of them, is that this model was delayed a number of months because of a strike at General Motors. The car wasn’t introduced until late February in 1970. All told, there were just more than 17,000 units built of the 1970 Stingray, most were the coupe model. Only about a one-third of the models produced were the convertible type.
Of all of the Corvettes that Schultze has owned over the years, the 1970 is among his favorites. The 1970 model falls into the C3 category, meaning it is a third generation covering the model-years between 1968 through 1982. Schultze feels that the overall quality of the vehicle really hit it’s crescendo, making giant leaps in handling and performance. This is especially true after Schultze made his changes after shipping the car to Edmonton from its original home in Atlanta.
“(I love) the bumpers; the way it drives with the roof down,” Schultze said. “The new ones have no appeal. (Also) you never get tired of this color combination.”
Under the hood of the Schultze’s 1970 Corvette Stingray sits a 383 Stroker engine with a Holley electronic fuel injection system and ceramic headers. The interior of the car was serviceable when it arrived from Atlanta. But Schultze chose to replace it with one from a 1980 model.
In the time that Schultze has owned this Corvette, he has only added about 2,000 miles to the odometer, with short trips on nice days around town and to the occasional local show and shine.
“It’s just a toy,” Schultze said. “I don’t need to drive it.”
Asked if he plans to keep the 1970 Stingray for a while yet, Schultze was very clear in his answer.
“I don’t know how you would replace it with another,” Schultze said.
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