The sight of a dialed-in, beautifully restored 'Lil Red Corvette is a virtual lock to brighten the mood of any car enthusiast, and when it packs the big block power of this 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LS5 454 Convertible, that happiness becomes outright euphoria with just a tap of the accelerator. Wearing its original colors inside and out, including an absolutely magnetic shade of Mille Miglia Red stretched over those gorgeous curves, this C3 is in good shape with over $70K worth of .....
restoration/maintenance work completed in the last ten years. Killer good looks, plenty of power, and a top that goes down " this is the kind of Corvette that Prince wrote songs about.
Decked out in period-perfect Code 973 Millie Miglia Red paint, this 'Vette looks like a life-size version of that Hot Wheel you just had to have all those years ago because its sheer visual awesomeness meant certain victory in match races. That eye-catching hue is in very nice condition here, with a smooth texture and a strong shine that follows you as you circle the car. No longer a perfect show car, the 10-year finish on this slick drop-top impresses all that come near it, with a top driver quality presentation that's been well-cared for throughout the years. Third-generation Corvettes like this '71 model have an outstanding timeless stylishness about them - they get their curved form from the Mako Shark II concept car that stunned car expo audiences in the mid-'60s with its futuristic appearance. The body lines on this classic are in great order - everything matches up neatly, and the doors and big block hood show nice, even gaps. All exterior fittings, including the legendary chrome bumpers fore and aft, the rocker panel trim, and the useful luggage rack out back, present very well. The front windshield and side glass are all in very good condition as well. For those occasions when the skies darken, there's a black vinyl convertible on hand that's ready to be raised for shelter from the storm. Although if you're like me, that baby will be stowed away at all times to let the sunshine in.
The black vinyl interior also appears to have been treated to a thorough refurbishment a decade ago, and thanks to conscientious ownership ever since, it's still in great shape today. The high-backed buckets retain their original configuration and sport covers that have yet to develop any creasing as they straddle a center console in similar, clean condition. Corvettes of this era sported cockpits that left most of their competitors in the dust as far as aesthetics were concerned, and the one on display here is a terrific, period-perfect representative, with its extensive assortment of clear gauges (both ahead of the driver and in the center stack) and an unblemished, uncracked dash pad. The black carpets are slightly faded, which is understandable for a convertible that loves to show off on sunny days. Still, with newer 'Stingray' scripted floormats and fresh-looking matching door panels at the flanks, the cabin looks super slick. Options include factory A/C (needs service), a retro-style AM/FM/AUX stereo in the stock slot, a tilt/telescoping wheel, and a set of OEM seatbelts. Like all Corvettes, there's minimal storage space behind the foldable seats, but for longer trips, the luggage rack out back comes in handy.
The engine compartment in this chrome bumper 'Vette has been very well cared for - it's in fantastic condition, in fact, and houses a thumping 454 LS5 V8 engine that is believed to be built up to replicate an LS6. Augmented with square-port heads, an LS6 intake, and a big 4-barrel carburetor, it's an incredibly smooth and powerful runner that's believed to have been fully rebuilt just 150 miles ago, and with how well this baby pulls, it certainly seems that fresh. The valve covers and block come properly dressed in Chevy Orange enamel, with a chrome air cleaner and distributor cover adding a bit of flash to the engine bay that's been fully detailed to show off. It teams up with a numbers-matching TH400 3-speed automatic transmission to provide a great driving experience that won't leave you dreading stop-and-go traffic, and with a big aluminum radiator up front keeping temperatures at bay, this droptop is ready to hit the road today. Road manners are drastically improved thanks to power steering and responsive 4-wheel disc brakes, along with big sway bars fore and aft that help it track true. A fresh stainless-steel dual exhaust system ensures the big block breathes easy, and it sounds amazing both at idle and full bore, and the rolling stock rides on shiny Rallye wheels wrapped in period-correct F70-15 Firestone Wide-Oval white-letter tires.
Documented with build receipts and restoration photos cataloging this C3's extensive restoration and maintenance, this dialed-in Corvette convertible is primed and ready to show or go today. Big block power, killer good looks, and a top that goes down " what more could you want in a vintage icon? Call today!