1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Roadster Convertible
Chesterfield, VA, 23832
VIN #: 194671S121406
Drive Type: RWD
Excellent condition, numbers matching, unrestored survivor. Rare option package makes it mathematically 1 of 1. Hagerty valuation is over $55K not considering its uniqueness.
350/270 hp, M21 4 speed, Positrac. power steering, power brakes, factory AC converted to R134, tilt/telescope wheel, and factory 3 point seat belts.
New OE spec low mass clutch. Holley 650 Spread Bore, double pumper carb (designed for the this application, original carb included) Hurst Competition Plus shifter (original shifter included)
It has been properly maintained, always garaged, driven and washed regularly, and not raced.
The car's value has increased at approximately $18 per day over the last 3 years (reference Hagerty valuation tools). Properly driven and maintained, it is projected to continue to increase at that rate. Why? Three reasons. First, it runs on pump (low octane, no lead) gas. Earlier vehicles need leadad gas, which is becoming more and more difficult to find. Second, it was this car which was in the dealers showrooms when the current new retirees were in high school, and it has the options that they need to enjoy the car. Third, it is a 4 speed convertible in the absolute most desirable color combination.
It's beautiful. It's fun. It's an excellent investment, and it's priced right.
The exhaust sound is intoxicating for car enthusiasts. It barks at idle and under acceleration, but is near silent at cruise speeds. The car will take you back to a simpler time when we drove just for the fun. Other drivers give thumbs up and roll down their windows to listen to it. Everybody wants it in their homecoming and July 4th parades. When you arrive in it, people assume that you are an automotive authority.
The car’s title is clean, clear, and in my possession.
The car is garaged whenever it is not being driven.
The car is driven twice per month on average to the Richmond, VA, Cars&Coffee meet, which is approximately 30 miles from my home.
Mathematically 1 of 1 means that there is no database to find exactly which cars were sold with this option configuration,so I employed mathematical probability by finding out the number of cars sold with a particular option and figuring the probability that any particular car would have that option. In the end, the probability of a car with this configuration came out to less than one in 21,801 (total 1971 Corvette production).
The history of the car as I know it is that I bought it in 2015 from Corvette Connection in Ft Lauderdale, FL. I have a copy of the title as owned by the previous owner. The dealership told me that the car came out of a collection, and since it looks now like I bought it, I would agree that it looks like a collection vehicle, ie, it looked great, but ran a little below what my standards allow.
Maintenance not done by me was accomplished by Lakeside Auto Service, a repair and restoration garage in Richmond, VA, run by the same family since 1929. They were recommended to me by fellow car enthusiasts and the local Corvette Parts center, Zip Corvette. The owner, Scott, knows my car well and has volunteered to be a reference to it’s condition. I have asked him to be candid with any caller to and to accurately reflect his assessment of the car. He will remain my mechanic without regard to his opinion of my car.
The brunt of my efforts have been mechanical. No major mechanical repairs outside of replacing the clutch (including flywheel, throwout bearing, and pilot bearing). The ’71 Corvettes had two clutch/flywheel sizes depending on how the car would probably be used. For drag racing, the larger clutch and flywheel are used. I used the smaller clutch/flywheel because I don’t race the car, and the smaller clutch allows for faster acceleration, better throttle response, and better gas mileage from the same power train. Other repairs were replacement of squeaking control arm bushings, OEM shock absorbers, a bent wheel, and an out of round tire. I did a complete tuneup, spark plugs, points, condenser, rotor, and cap and 4 wheel vehicle alignment. Points were set to spec (30 degrees), and timing was set to 9 degrees before tdc at 650 rpm. All fluids were changed, including coolant (50/50 mixture) (this year), grease fittings, transmission fluid, and rear end positrac specific fluid. Oil is always 5W30 Valvoline semi synthetic oil and Chevrolet oil filters every 2500 miles. Battery has been changed. I believe I did that last year.
People tend to ask if things work, so yes, the headlights, wipers, and AC all work fine. Top is fine, works easily, and is manual, which I believe was true of all Corvette roadsters. Seats and carpet are fine – no rips or obvious wear.
Radio is aftermarket, and I have never turned it on. I believe that there are no speakers.
I had to buy a tire jack from the local Corvette center, Zip Corvette, but it doesn’t fit into the pocket designed fora jack.
I replaced the malfunctioning seat belts with new OEM belts from Zip Corvette. I kept the original belts to show that the car came with 3 point seat belts. In 1971, people hated the shoulder harnesses, so since they could be disconnected, people would disconnect them and throw away the shoulder harness. That was true of my car, but the seat belt shows that the car was delivered with shoulder harnesses, so the complete system with shoulder harnesses is installed.
One thing little known about the 350/270 hp engine is that even though the console plaque says that it has 8.5:1 compressionratio, the manual transmission cars came with 8.9:1 compression ratio, essentially the same as the LT-1 engine compression. Replace the heads and cam, and you’ll get 330 hp because this car already has a 650 Holley double pumper carb. Oh, and it stays numbers matching.
Final drive ratio is 3.36:1
The shifter was changed to a Hurst Competition Plus unit. The Hurst gives a smoother, more positive shift, and the shift knob resides close to the steering wheel. The white plastic knob doesn’t get hot in the summer sun like the chrome steel Chevy unit.
So why is this 1971 Corvette gaining in popularity? Several reasons.
1.It was the 1971 Corvette that was in the showrooms when the current new retirees were in high school.
2.1971 was the first year Corvette that was designed for 92 octane low lead/no lead gas currently sold in gas stations and still have decent power. Previous year cars required 100 octane leaded gas, which can now be had only at airports and auto parts stores by the one gallon can usually $8 per gallon.
3.Last two years (1971 and 1972) with chrome bumpers at both ends.
4.Most highly desired color combination.
5.Although air conditioning is common on cars today, in 1971, most convertibles still didn’t come with air conditioning, so convertibles with air conditioning and manual transmissionswere extremely rare. Adding 3 point seat belts (400 on convertibles in 21801 production run) and the car becomes practically unique without considering the rest of the options.
Hagerty valuation tools values this car today at $54,500 without considering the rarity of this particular car.