This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette might be the coolest C3 you’ve ever seen. You don’t know it yet and just looking at it gives nothing away, but this is one piece of vintage fiberglass that’ll show its taillights to some pretty ferocious hardware, even today. Can a Corvette be a sleeper? You bet!
A ’71 Corvette coupe is nothing special, right? Sure, they have that timeless Stingray look, but they’ve become so ubiquitous that they almost go unnoticed. And I’m quite sure that was part of the plan when this one was on the drawing boards. Painting it dark graphite metallic certainly helps, giving it an elegant, understated look that is just different enough to stand out but not send up any red flags about the performance lurking underneath. The hood is an L88 piece with a functioning cowl induction air cleaner, but otherwise it’s completely stock. Bodywork was expertly done in 2013 and looks fantastic once you get up close and really examine it in detail, with great shut lines and a modern urethane shine. Chrome bumpers give the Corvette a classic sports car look and with a recent refinish on the trim, the brightwork sparkles against the low-key silver bodywork. There’s absolutely nothing on the exterior that wasn't tweaked, upgraded, or polished to a high shine.
The interior works to keep everything a secret, too. The black upholstery is a great choice with the graphite bodywork, suggesting someone with excellent taste was picking the colors. Most of the soft parts are new, including the seat covers, carpets, door panels, and dash pad, so it all looks fresh and everything matches. Fully operational factory gauges still monitor the beast living under the hood, and you’ll note that this car is equipped with such niceties as air conditioning, working fiber-optic indicators, and a 4-speed manual gearbox in the center console. A vintage-looking AM/FM radio connects to an iPod interface, so the soundtrack can keep up with the rest of the car. And with T-tops, the open-air experience is quick and easy.
The heart of this sleeper is the original, numbers-matching 350 cubic inch V8. Combining the factory block, polished Edelbrock intake manifold, Summit heads, big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and an upgraded camshaft, it makes quite a bit more power than stock without losing its good manners. It’s also dressed to impress, but by the time you get to that stage, it’s already too late and this Corvette has embarrassed you. The 4-speed manual transmission completely transforms the Corvette’s personality, and it’s content to cruise quietly as well as stomp around the streets. The suspension is quite stock but is fortified with a lot of new pieces, including bushings and fresh brakes, so it moves like a far younger car. The Magnaflow exhaust system with Headman long-tube headers and an X-pipe give it a howling exhaust note that will make your spine tingle and strike fear into your opponents. It ties it all to the road with cool 18-inch Boss wheels and staggered 245/45/18 front and 275/40/18 rear radials.
Brutally fast and supremely agile, this is the Corvette GM would have built with unlimited funds. With a huge stack of build receipts and high-quality workmanship throughout, this is a car you can drive and show with pride. Call today!