Don't look now, but ultra-clean C3 Corvettes are gaining some
momentum in the marketplace. If you've been looking for an
investment you can drive, look no further than this handsome 1971
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe, which has been recently
overhauled and offers a ton of options for not a lot of cash.
Repainted a few years ago, this stunning code 905 Nevada Silver Corvette still looks fantastic. Clearly the work was well done, as it shows none of the usual Corvette issues, and instead presents as a car that has always been treated as something special. Gaps are good all around, there are no stress cracks around the headlight doors, and the chrome front and rear bumpers are a look that appeal to Corvette fans of all ages. Silver is a nice change from all the red and black C3s you're likely to see out there, and combined with the black interior, really has a grand touring feel more than that of a raw muscle car. A rear-mounted luggage rack adds storage space as well as some visual interest, and those quad taillights are a Corvette tradition dating back to 1963. We have to admit that this is a car we stop and admire every time we walk past it in the showroom, mostly because it doesn't seem to be trying too hard.
Inside, this Corvette feels quite new, thanks to fresh seat covers with new foam underneath, new deluxe door panels with woodgrained inserts, and new carpets underfoot. You'll also note this one is nicely loaded up with options, including power windows, factory A/C, and a tilt wheel, so it's not your typical stripped-down 'Vette, but more like a car you can drive to work every day. The original gauges remain in great condition, including the factory tachometer and auxiliary gauges in the center stack, and the three-spoke steering wheel will look familiar to anyone who loves Chevy muscle. A later AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit has been fitted in the dash and sounds great with a sound bar neatly installed behind the seats. This Corvette is all about hitting the road.
Power comes from the original, numbers-matching 350 cubic inch V8. It's neatly finished with lots of correct parts, including the twin-snorkel air cleaner with a chrome lid and original decal, finned valve covers, and the proper ignition shield. There's a 4-barrel carburetor to help build power as well, plus a recent master cylinder, alternator, and tune-up parts. Underneath, you'll find a stout TH400 3-speed automatic transmission spinning the original rear end, as well as a set of long-tube headers feeding a fresh dual exhaust system that sounds suitably forceful to be appropriate on a Corvette. It's quite tidy underneath, and while Corvette floors don't rust, the frames can, and this car shows off a lifetime someplace warm and dry. Newer white-letter radials on the original 15-inch Rally wheels look great and really fill the wheel wells properly.
Built to drive, but destined to appreciate, this is a Corvette that you can enjoy without worries and maybe make a few bucks on it when the time comes to sell. What could be better than that? Call today.