This short clip could have been a CC clue post. Well, not to the CC community, as the shape of this bonnet is extremely familier to all classic car lovers.
Whilst on the bus on my way to work, I suddenly caught a glimpse of this 1971 C3, driving alongside the bus. Its black paint made it blend with the murky dawn light, drawing much less attention to itself than on later hours:
Here’s a nice comparison between the C3 and the little Kia Picanto alongside it. Those two are ages apart, and it clearly shows.
This is a good photo of the ‘Vette, showing the classic side vent and Rally wheels. I identify this C3 as a 1970 vintage, but of course I could be wrong as this car might be anything between 1970 to 1972.
As the route goes through light rail construction work, riding on concrete slabs (that cover the constructed underground station), so the photos became blurry, as the road was bumpy and unforgiving.
Yet you can still clearly see the almost mandatory luggage rack so many Corvette owners install. We all know how “much” luggage space there is within C3s.
As the bus was coming to its designated stop, the C3 was gone, its driver no doubt in a hurry to arrive to work, not wanting to brake the Israeli law that prohibits classic cars marked as “collectible vehicles” to drive between 7:00 to 9:00 AM. This was around 6:50.
There’s a well known joke among Israeli classic ‘Vette aficionados, saying maybe ten C3s were imported to the country when new, yet over a hundred survived. This is due to the (relatively) massive import of C3s during the last ten years. The younger cars are well over thirty years, so (as the law in Israel defines), you can import them as classics (actually you start to see more and more C4s, as those have now become over thirty years old). There’s a flourishing local club for Corvettes, arranging meetings, events and know-how for the Israeli ‘Vette enthusiast.
You may understand from all this that obtaining a Classic C3 photo is no problem- just go to any of the classic meeting taking place around the country on a Friday afternoon and one will certainly turn up (not to mention the club’s own meeting). So, here are some C3 photos I took at various classic cars’ events:
Above you can see two C3s that are roughly the same vintage as the featured black Stingray in this post. Nice to compare the dark green, modern-sized wheels to the dark blue original car.
By now, these mid-to late Seventies have become the most common imported ‘Vettes, cheaper to buy in the US. I actually like this burgundy C3, complete with 1970s-style modifications.
And those are, of course, early 1980s cars with front fascias that look almost identical to early C4s.
Even one of the 1978 Indy 500 replica C3s managed to arrive into Israel a few year back. A well known car in the local scene.
As you would imagine, many imported cars are also convertibles, such as this 1969 somewhat modified car…
…Or these original early 1970s C3s, similar to the featured black car in this post and even sporting the same language rack.
Again, mid-Seventies convertibles can also be seen- though not as much as the early up-to-1973 C3s. What a difference between the two yellow ‘Vettes.
Some time ago, I arrived at a track day to find that some C3 owners tried their hands at sports driving. Above you can see three cars (the black car appears twice), late-Seventies to early-Eighties. That track was very small, cart-like, yet the ‘Vettes did pretty well for their size and the owners had had fun.
Finally, the next set of photos were taken in Salzburgring race track at a classic car racing event I was at, back in 2014. In the post published here I uploaded three more C3 Corvettes, but here in this current post I want to show you the racing C3s that took to the track: