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What are the design features of '70s model Corvette Stingray convertibles?

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Common design features of Chevrolet Corvette Stingray models from the 1970s include amber-colored turn signal lights, crosshatched side vents, flared fenders and squared exhaust pipes. Other features include expanded headroom and legroom, four-speed gear shifters, and interiors with leather seats, wooden consoles and wood-grain door panels. Other notable design features include flat glass rear windows, windshield wiper panels, tinted glass and steering column ignition switches.

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Chevrolet implemented many design changes to the Corvette Stingray between 1970 and 1979, leading to several common features among vehicles produced during that decade. Some features were primarily cosmetic, including the amber-tinted signal lights, side vents, squared front lamps and distinctive egg-crate grille. The domed hoods, sculpted chassis, chrome bumper blades and redesigned interiors also altered the vehicles' appearance.

Most of the Stingray's design features improved function or performance. For example, the squared exhaust pipes improved ground clearance. Steel floor panels, specially designed wheel mounts and radial tires reduced interior sound levels significantly. The vehicles featured engines that were smaller, lighter and more powerful than the engines in previous models. The windshield wiper panels protected the wipers from the elements, and the flared fenders shielded the undercarriage and chassis from wheel-thrown gravel and road debris.

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