This 1971 Corvette convertible hits all the high notes: a matching-numbers LS5
big block, 4-speed transmission, factory A/C, and gorgeous Ontario Orange paint.
While the early Stingrays with 427s get all the attention, if you're looking for a
great-running 'Vette with a ton of power that doesn't foul its plugs in traffic, the
LS5 is a much better choice.
The body on this Stingray was expertly refinished and given its provenance, it
should be no surprise that it's rated as a #1 to #2 car by the NCRS judges. There
are few cars that will attract more attention than a C3 with bright orange paint,
and definitely none that are more widely recognized. Roll up in this fantastic plastic
and EVERYBODY notices. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the bodywork is super
straight, with excellent prep over well-preserved original fiberglass that has never
been damaged. Corvette fans are sticklers when it comes to doing it as the factory
would have, so you'll appreciate the soft shine of the paint, which isn't too glossy
like modern base/clear urethane, but more like the original enamel. Gaps are about
as good as you can get on a C3, which again is a good thing for purists, and most
fans prefer the chrome bumpers. And speaking of brightwork, the hood features a
pair of chrome-rimmed nostrils, as well as a 454 badge, all the Stingray script emblems
are in place, and the stainless rocker moldings have been polished to a high shine.
Good luck finding one nicer than this!
This car's fastidious care throughout its life is most evident inside, where black
interior remains in excellent condition. Treated to the same high-quality workmanship
that's evident throughout the car, it's a very accurate representation of what you
would have received from the dealer in 1971. It's not perfect but pretty darned
close, exactly the way you'd want such a pedigreed big block 'Vette to look. There
are no split seams, no scuffs, and certainly no sun damage, despite the open air
of the convertible top. The black carpets are similarly excellent, and the door panels
match the seats with their factory fresh appearance. Other goodies include factory
A/C, a tilt/telescope steering column, the original AM/FM radio, and those cool
fiber-optic bulb indicators in the console. Overhead, there's a black convertible top
that fits right, and the car includes a rather rare removable hardtop, one of only
2619 made in '71. This Corvette is all about having your cake and eating it too.
This car will also eat lesser machines for lunch, thanks to the original, numbers-
matching LS5 big block under the hood. With a very stout 365 horsepower, it's the
smart choice for the guy who likes to drive his Corvette. Reliable and virtually
indestructible, the LS5's wide torque band makes it the ideal powerplant for long-
distance cruising, and its street-friendly nature is what makes A/C possible (the
system was overhauled in 2011). Nicely detailed with Chevy Orange paint on the
block, the original air cleaner with chrome lid, and fresh plugs, wires, and hoses,
it's ready to rumble. Almost everything you can see is new, including the battery,
starter, water pump, brakes, rebuilt carburetor and clutch. The bulletproof 4-
speed is the perfect dance partner and you'll love blipping the throttle between
gears once you hear the amazing chambered exhaust system. Correct Rally
wheels wear recent 255/60/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials.
Documented, loaded with options, and fully sorted, this Corvette roadster is just
begging for a long road trip this summer, perhaps to Bloomington Gold where it's
definitely going to attract attention.