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Username Post: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay        (Topic#142325)
Butcher 318 
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10-15-06 09:16 PM - Post#1018716    

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chevrolet...sspagenameZWDVW


Not sure if the link will work but it's a 454 4 spd car with the early full vinyl top. I like the looks of the half top with rear window louvres better but what a cool car.
http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2006/11/0 1/hmn...


 
74LagunaS3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 02:34 AM - Post#1018717    
    In response to Butcher 318

VERY nice score for someone

The rust under the vinyl is a bummer, one would really need to visually inspect to see how soft it is under there.

Also big bonus is a Factory non AC car, bummer no tilt though. Can't tell if any gauges there, probably not!!

Super S-3 This is potentially a GREAT car for your project!!

Too bad it's so stock, the 454 really needs to be restomodded for proper performance. You could pull the original pistons and cam and bring it up to 10:1 compression or so and a decent cam in there and still look bone stock. Also gotta put the boat anchor iron intake in storage and put a performer RPM on there. You can get a polished one and paint it chevy orange

74 Laguna S3 Project

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ratnfested 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 04:27 AM - Post#1018718    
    In response to 74LagunaS3

Me likey!!!
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laguna454s3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 07:17 AM - Post#1018719    
    In response to Butcher 318

Only about 362 454 4 speeds produced in 74 of the total Chevelle run of 362,xxx. The Standard Catalog of Chevelle Book states .01% came so equipped.

Mine is the opposite and loaded like a Cadillac, it's an April production with the Louvers and 1/2 vinyl. I have a/c, tilt, pw, pl, lighting package, vanity mirror with light, litter container, dual remote mirrors, power trunk release and positraction.

The LS4 is the same as the LS5 of 1972 but with a slightly smaller cam. It's great for street cruising and with $3+ a gallon for gas I would leave it alone or just freshen it up a bit.

John

 
74LagunaS3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 09:31 AM - Post#1018720    
    In response to laguna454s3

Quote:

Only about 362 454 4 speeds produced in 74 of the total Chevelle run of 362,xxx. The Standard Catalog of Chevelle Book states .01% came so equipped.

Mine is the opposite and loaded like a Cadillac, it's an April production with the Louvers and 1/2 vinyl. I have a/c, tilt, pw, pl, lighting package, vanity mirror with light, litter container, dual remote mirrors, power trunk release and positraction.

The LS4 is the same as the LS5 of 1972 but with a slightly smaller cam. It's great for street cruising and with $3+ a gallon for gas I would leave it alone or just freshen it up a bit.

John




The LS-4 did get the new big chamber 118 cc 781 or 049 oval port heads and flat top pistons to barely get 7.5:1 compresson. The LS-5 did have more compression from the factory, it's hard to track down if this was from the heads or pistons

74 Laguna S3 Project

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73 Goon 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 11:37 AM - Post#1018721    
    In response to 74LagunaS3

No A/C in Tempe, AZ. I think its a safe bet no one locally will be buying this as a daily driver.

Looks pretty cool thought, I may have to drive down and take it for a spin.
73 Laguna, 454, 400TH, Black, Black Factory Skyroof, Power Windows, the works.


 
SHANERS_74 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 12:20 PM - Post#1018722    
    In response to 73 Goon

Did anyone notice the odd dashcap?
1974 Chevelle Coupe 383-Auto
Owned for 29 years
1972 Nova SS-#'s matching
Owned for 24 years


 
Butcher 318 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 12:49 PM - Post#1018723    
    In response to SHANERS_74

That and I thought it should have door S3 emblems like the 75's do.
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laguna454s3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 03:19 PM - Post#1018724    
    In response to Butcher 318

Quote:

I thought it should have door S3 emblems like the 75's do.




74's don't have them. I like those 75 door panels.

John

 
77xlandau 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-16-06 05:38 PM - Post#1018725    
    In response to 74LagunaS3

Quote:

Too bad it's so stock, the 454 really needs to be restomodded for proper performance. You could pull the original pistons and cam and bring it up to 10:1 compression or so and a decent cam in there and still look bone stock. Also gotta put the boat anchor iron intake in storage and put a performer RPM on there. You can get a polished one and paint it chevy orange




To me that's one of the biggest pluses - motor truly does look totally stock - not even headers. In my mind, that minimizes the chances that this car has been beat on too bad. All in all, the whole car doesn't look too bad for 102,000+ miles. Needs a total resto, but I don't see any signs of abuse.

Gotta agree the biggest fear factor is the roof. I sure hope the car hasn't seen much water since that vinyl developed a million splits. As it is now, it's basically a gigantic sponge on top of the car.

 
74LagunaS3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-17-06 02:46 AM - Post#1018726    
    In response to laguna454s3

Quote:

Quote:

I thought it should have door S3 emblems like the 75's do.




74's don't have them. I like those 75 door panels.

John




Yup those are the same panels both of my 74's had. And the same as my 73 Malibu for that matter

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laguna454s3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-17-06 06:48 AM - Post#1018727    
    In response to 77xlandau

This car looks completely untouched. The seatbelt guides are still in place as are the ignition wire looms.

I would say the mileage was put on early in it's life and then it was just basically stored. The vinyl roof could get like that in short few years, especially in Arizona, it too is probably original.

One of the last 454 4 speed Chevy's and a stripped down model for those who like that. Looking at the body tag looks like a 1st week of December build.

Can't be many left this original.

John

 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-22-06 02:42 PM - Post#1018728    
    In response to laguna454s3

$7600 reserve not met I wonder wht the green car will end at? my production totals say 984 454 4sps

 
Bahama Dan 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-22-06 04:03 PM - Post#1018729    
    In response to 74laguna

I'm surprised the reserve was so high. It doesn't seem this guy has more than that into it. Does that mean he's just another guy who thinks he has the worlds rarest car? I'm guessing the reserve was $8000.00. We'll see if it shows up again. Dan
Bought in 2002 with 38,200 original miles
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Butcher 318 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-23-06 01:02 AM - Post#1018730    
    In response to Bahama Dan

7600 is pretty good money when you consider what that car needs. I guess everyone now thinks their beater is worth 10 grand.
http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2006/11/0 1/hmn...


 
DoctorLarry 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-23-06 03:03 AM - Post#1018731    
    In response to Butcher 318

Reserve lowered to $7801- it probably started at $8000. Now it seems that the Barrett-Jackson crowd is invading G3 space. This could be the beginning of the end of a civil hobby as we know it.

 
laguna454s3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-23-06 06:37 AM - Post#1018732    
    In response to DoctorLarry

I don't think the price is out of line. It is a super rare 454 4 speed that is in basically original condition needing some cosmetic restoration. Assuming the body is rust free, being from Arizona then you will only need to deal with the roof.

John

 
SuperS3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-23-06 10:13 AM - Post#1018733    
    In response to DoctorLarry

I'm with you on the B-Jackson...if what we know gets out about these cars being great low-dollar muscle, the money crowd will drive the price way up. Try looking on ebay for a 69 Camaro? Dont bother unless you got $9000 just for a decent builder. Some people think just cause they saw it cross the block for a said amount, they have the same worth in a base trim vehicle or a "project" thats close to shot.
However, Im not slammin the ebay guna here..gotta look at the facts. Options/Engine/Condition seem pretty in line for the right person with the right funds,as long as there no hidden problems. It would be nice to see it at Superchevy!
My 2cents.......

 
Mike73 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-24-06 03:29 PM - Post#1018734    
    In response to SuperS3

The bids got very close to the reserve, so the reserve wasn't too far out of line.
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76 Malibu 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-24-06 04:30 PM - Post#1018735    
    In response to Butcher 318

Its too bad some people don't clean and vacuum their
cars before they take pictures to sell them.






 
Bahama Dan 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-25-06 01:34 PM - Post#1018736    
    In response to 76 Malibu

Quote:

Its too bad some people don't clean and vacuum their
cars before they take pictures to sell them.



You know it! I used to work at a used car dealer and we used to buy our cars from a local junk yard. The guy would set the running cars aside and once a week we would pick the ones that were good enough to clean up and sell.
Point is here, most cars just needed to be cleaned, shampood. Wash all the windows and we even had a guy that would come out and put fresh white walls on any old tire.
Cars we paid $150.00 for sold for $500-$900 and all they need was to be cleaned. Dan
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-25-06 01:40 PM - Post#1018737    
    In response to Butcher 318

I thought the 1973 Laguna was the rare one. I had one for a Demo in '73.
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-25-06 07:00 PM - Post#1018738    
    In response to wagonmaster

yeh lagunas rare..but this type s-3 was weird..
quick someone tell us that there is 454 73 laguna with manual trans and this optionthis 74 had
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Butcher 318 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-26-06 05:55 AM - Post#1018739    
    In response to pippy

What made this car rare is the 454 engine with a 4spd tranny. Of the 15,000 and some 74 Laguna S3's built I bet less then 400 had the 454 4spd combo, maybe 1500 454 cars total. If you have a 73 Laguna ( non TypeS3 ) with a 454 hang on to it, probably even harder to find.
http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2006/11/0 1/hmn...


 
laguna454s3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-26-06 06:35 AM - Post#1018740    
    In response to Butcher 318

Going from memory, there were 28,000 Laguna's in 73 vs 21,000 in 74.

The 4 speed was available with the small or big block in 73 where in 74 it was only available with the 454.

Of total Chevelle production there were .08% 4 speeds in 73 vs .01% in 74. There were 362,000 Chevelles in 74 so .01% would be 362 454 4 speed cars in the entire line, including plain jane Chevelles and perhaps a few wagons.

There were most likely more 454's in 73 vs 74 though I have never seen an exact breakdown of the various available engines.

John

 
Butcher 318 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-26-06 12:54 PM - Post#1018741    
    In response to laguna454s3

I was wondering, back in 99 I printed off a bunch of stuff from Doc& Spiral's. At that time the production number listed for the 74 Laguna S3 was 21,902 , if you check the site today it says 15,792 . I like to always tell people the most correct information or most up-dated. I guess I will go with the latest figure.

Laguna454S3, when you see that number of 362 I bet there are less then 100 still kicking. I guess that one on E-bay was a deal even at 8000. The Old cars Price Guide puts a top shape 74 S3 454 4spd right at 20 grand.
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-26-06 07:55 PM - Post#1018742    
    In response to Butcher 318

i think i can say im one of the very few up here to get a deal on a nice original car....heh 5 years ago prices were low..now they are slowly picking up...i found a 74 454 4psd on trader online green with black top and manual trans
i remember there was NO CONSOLE.

some of you guy have some hard to come across stuff.
since i cant get another g-3 at this time..ive been picking up nos parts...for the just in case i need it..
i have the rear tail assembly sheet metal, some front end stuff etc..
i think the nos parts are worth having just to have...i know i got some $$ in nos parts..that i wont lose money on, but i keep most of my stuff for personal use. i dont really intend to sell them.
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laguna454s3 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-27-06 02:36 AM - Post#1018743    
    In response to pippy

pippy, where is that car now ? What a great color combo as most were white and probably red as the next most popular.

butcher, maybe there were 15,000 built in the U.S. and the rest in Canada. I had a friend who had a Canada built 74 with 400 and no A/C.

Fact is, very few 454 cars survived. When the bodies started to rust, the engines were pulled for boats, street rods and other Chevrolet cars.

You'll find many more 73-76 Oldsmobile Cutlasses with the 455 still around then you will Chevelles from 73-75 with 75 being a 1/2 year availablility.

Also the 454's were more readily modified than other GM big engines, due to the amount of aftermarket parts available. This was the case with both my 454 Laguna's. My 75 Hurst Olds 455 is untouched as are many that survived.

This car on e-bay was indeed a super rare find in it's original condition.

John

 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-27-06 03:08 AM - Post#1018744    
    In response to laguna454s3

I stored the images of that car. Dark green, green custom bench seat interior. 454/4 speed floor shift with boot/no console. It had been tinkered with slightly (wheels, valve covers, etc.) but nothing that couldn't be easily reversed.

 
Finajoe 
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Re: Very rare 74 Laguna S3 on E-bay
10-27-06 05:10 PM - Post#1018745    
    In response to DoctorLarry

Larry,

Check out the 73 SS 454 auto with the sunroof on ebay this week.

 
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