|1971 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe finished in rare Nevada Silver (one of only 1,177 made) with a bright red leather interior a stunning color combination. The car has approximately 74,561 original miles. This car is an original survivor, previously owned by a woman. The drive train numbers on the car match (get out your Corvette Black Books!): The engine number is C11S118344 and V0519CJK which is the 270 HP 350 CI engine fitted to the Turbo 400 Automatic Transmission. The last five digits of the VIN, 18344, confirm this drive train configuration, and the date of manufacture, which was June, 1971. The carburetor number is RP 36021, a Rochester carburetor, as was correctly fitted on the 270 horse power 350 engine with the automatic transmission. The rear end number is AWW119E2. The interior codes are: trim number 407 (red), paint number 905 (Nevada Silver), and Chev K0L.
Whoever ordered this car back in 1971 had a good time checking off the options list. The car comes equipped with almost every option available for the year: factory air conditioning, Power Steering, Power Windows, 4-wheel power disc brakes, T-tops with removable rear window, and original radio. The car also has tilt and telescoping steering wheel and GM rally wheels shod in Goodyear Eagle STs with raised white letters.
Everything mechanical and electrical works and runs perfectly on the car (except for..you guessed it the clock!). The car is also fitted with the fiber-optics light monitoring system (working), the last year for these. The vacuum systems work flawlessly (headlight doors and wiper cover)
I bought the car in May, 2004. Although it is part of my fair sized car collection, I still managed to put a couple hundred miles on the car each year. The car is still in its original condition as when I bought it. All I have done was to replace the fuel pump, one motor mount, the battery, change all fluids, change the radiator cap (it leaked although I think it was the original) and thermostat, have the car tuned and the engine compartment detailed. I have had no major work done to the car mechanically it doesnt need anything.
The underside of the car is very clean with no rust on the frame or birdcage. Although I never detailed it, it is very clean and original with no globs of grease or signs of fluid leakage.
The car runs as designed. It starts just fine. No smoke or nastiness to the engine. Idles and accelerates briskly. The transmission sifts smoothly.
The interior was a different matter it was pretty well beat up when I bought the car, so I replaced it. I installed a new center console, new door panels, re-dyed all the sun faded interior parts so that they now all match, installed dyna-mat heat shielding on the drivers and passengers floor pans and around the transmission tunnel, and then installed a new carpet kit. I also installed new sill plates, and inner and outer door felts. I elected to upgrade the interior with leather seats and deep cut pile carpeting, as opposed to the loop carpet and the vinyl seats that were in the car. These upgrades were available in the 1971 model year. As you can see in the photos, the results are spectacular!
All the chrome on the car is in very good to excellent condition both front and rear bumpers are dent free, straight, and not scratched.
The car has been repainted and shows some minor defects in the pain twork including mild tiger striping, under the right light conditions. There is a very small chip around the drivers headlight door (about the size of a pencil eraser see photo), and a small area on the hood that is bubbled (see photo). As the interior dash is original, there is some slight wear to the areas that have been touch repeatedly over the last 38 years, such as the area around the dash button that turns off the fasten seat belt light, the interior door handles, and some trim chrome surfaces of the center console. Two of the instrument gauge lenses are grazed or fogged. The thermostat wheel on the center console is bound up you can move it, but it is not right. The AC still works fine however, with a T-top coupe, I have never used it. Of course if you are reading this, you already know that all these parts are easily and cheaply sourced and replaced. If I were keeping the car, I would replace the left and right pot metal trim pieces that house the round keepers that the roof panel posts slip into, as the finish on these are worn (they were not available when I bought the car, but I understand they are now). All in all, a very respectable original car that gets a lot of looks and thumbs up when driven, and one that will hold up well on any cruise night, and at local or regional car shows. Ready to drive away with a current Pennsylvania inspection.
Original chrome bumper C3 series Corvettes are becoming very collectable, and have shown steady value appreciations annually.
Sports Car Market (2008 Edition Pocket Price Guide) places this car at a value between $18,250 (Low) and $36,250 (High), which seems more realistic to me. I am a realist, and have placed the reserve at a level that reflects the economic times of today, and represents what I feel is an honest deal for both buyer and seller.
The new owner will also receive all receipts since I have owned the car, the owners manual, and a car cover.