Lot 283 - 1971 Chevrolet Corvette C3
|Odometer reading||7,000 miles|
|Estimate||£32,000 - £38,000|
The Chevrolet Corvette is instantly recognisable by the marque aficionado and non-aficionado alike. The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette, today, is manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The third generation Corvette, the C3, was designed along the lines of the Mako Shark II concept car and was introduced for the 1968 model year continuing in production until 1982. Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the C2 but the body and interior were all new.
This rare and desirable chrome bumper small-block manual Corvette C3 convertible was built in 1971 at the Chevrolet factory in St. Louis, Missouri making it one of the last of the attractive Chrome Bumper models with the factory flared arches. It has been the subject of a thorough restoration started two years ago following a ten-year period of dry storage. The restoration carried out included an engine-out rebuild of chassis and suspension; all bright work re-chromed; brakes rebuilt with new stainless steel callipers; new shock absorbers, exhaust, tyres, hood and hood seals to list just a few items and completed with the highest quality bare fibre glass repaint. The car drives beautifully, very taught with an extremely smooth ride and an abundance of power from the 350 cubic inch (5.7 litre) V8 which was standard equipment from 1969 onwards. The four-speed manual transmission is a delight to use and the unassisted brakes give plenty of feel. All the vacuum systems work perfectly. Finished in this stunning red with black interior, the car is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2017. 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.