Lot 293 - 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
|Odometer reading||6,833 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £33,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,000|
The Corvette was built by the Chevrolet division of General Motors over six generations. The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. The third generation C3 Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and lasted until 1982.
Features of the new generation C3 Corvette included vacuum operation of the headlights and the shield to conceal the windscreen wipers when not in use. The chassis was carried over from the second generation models, retaining the fully independent suspension and disc brakes on all four wheels. As ever, there was a vast array of engine and transmission options with the small block 327 cubic inch (5.4 litre) engine and a 3 speed manual gearbox being the standard option. However, most cars were actually supplied with either the new Turbo Hydramatic 3 speed automatic transmission or one of manual 4 speed options. Wheels were now 7 inch wide in steel.
This rare and desirable chrome bumper small-block manual convertible was built in 1971 and has been the subject of a thorough restoration over the last twelve months following a ten year period of dry storage. All of the original body panels have been utilised and refinished in the original Sunflower Yellow. Other works carried out include an engine out restoration of chassis and suspension; all bright work re-chromed; brakes rebuilt with new stainless callipers; new shock absorbers, exhaust, tyres, hood and hood seals to list just a few items. A photographic record of all the work undertaken is available.
The car drives beautifully and is very taught with an extremely smooth ride and an abundance of power from the 350 cubic inch (5.7 litre) small block V8 which was standard equipment from 1969 onwards The 4 speed manual transmission is a delight to use and the unassisted brakes give plenty of feel. All the vacuum systems work perfectly and the MoT runs until September 2015.
This Corvette is a stunning car and much admired wherever it goes. It represents a superb opportunity to acquire a very fine example of America's iconic sports car.
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