|This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible hits all the high notes: a matching-numbers V8, four-speed manual transmission, interesting original color combo, and a rumbling side exhaust. And if you're a true Corvette purist, you're going to love looking under the hood of this low mileage 'Vette.
A great classic Corvette is about getting all of the original pieces right and then adding some classic flair. That's what's so alluring about this C3 droptop. It starts with the paint. The code 976 Mulsane Blue is the factory correct color, and since less than 2,500 Corvettes received this in '71, it's great to see it professionally resprayed. Plus, the panels have the fit of good care an investment right down to the smooth headlight flaps and the doors you can shut with authority. These earlier C3s are also for the brightwork lovers, and so the thin bumpers, bright grille, and optional luggage rack come together to add to this vintage shine package. But there's another mirror-like elements that you instantly recognize as an upgrade. Side pipes were no longer available in '71, and they never looked this wild from the factory. Add in the iconic rally wheels, and this Stingray has a truly attention-grabbing profile.
With the crisp black folding roof in place, this shark-nosed 'Vette has an aggressive look. But when you drop it down, the factory-correct dark blue interior gives it a far more sophisticated presence. The deep tones on the bucket seats, door panels, carpeting, and dash are like looking into an ocean. Add in the wood appearance on the center console as well as silver accents on everything from three-spoke steering wheel, to the gearshift, to the power window controls, and it the total package feels positively European. But as America's sports car, you'll love how the essential gauges dance in front of you with a full auxiliary readout package prominently to the side.
Power comes from the original, matching-numbers 350 cubic inch V8, which delivers an advertised 270 horsepower. Not only does that provide this Stingray with plenty of muscle to rocket around with authority, but also its four-speed manual transmission will make sure you can squeeze out every last bit of horsepower when you need it. In fact, aiding in extra power and that beautiful V8 sound is that header-fed side exhaust. Corvettes are not only about the drive, but also making sure you arrive in style, too. That's why when you lift the hood, you can see this car is the total package. With all the components in top condition and the belts & hoses looking so tidy, there's nothing to get in the way of seeing the shine on the air cleaner, distributor shield, and other polished pieces. It looks so original that you'll love to tell people it barely averaged 1,000 miles annually. But more than just admire this droptop, you're going to love hitting the open road. The power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, and a fully independent sports suspension, make it a classic convertible that's meant to be driven.