Blue" exterior paint is in great condition. This car is in
it's original color as indicated by the trim pad number, 976,
which is pictured below. The paint’s finish has a smooth
finish and a brilliant gloss. There are no major
scratches or blemishes in the paint that have been excluded from
underside of the front end is pictured and in great condition.
This part of the car is very fragile and a it's condition is a
testament to the care and attention this car has received over
the years. The body panel fit as one car see in the photos
is quite nice for a Corvette. The wheels are in excellent
condition with no curb rash on the beauty rings. The
car looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.
The car still retains
its original "Astro Ventilation" side
glass and rear window, which are date coded and original to
this car as they predate the build date of May 5, 1971. This
is a good indication that the car has never been in a major accident
and never sustained any significant damage. All three pieces
of glass are coded, "LN."
The "L" denotes March and "N" 1971 so they are all from March of
The interior of the Corvette
is also in excellent condition.
This car is an original "Dark Blue" car as
indicated by the trim pad number, 412.
The seats are in very nice condition
without any rips or tears and show very little wear. The
driver’s seat is not worn through in the typical places, such as
where the driver’s belt-line may wear the seat bolsters. The
carpet is in very good condition as well with no holes or major
stains. This include both the front and rear carpet which is
often neglected. The door panels are in great condition
and unlike many Corvettes of this age, they fit very well and
tight to the door. The dash and console are not split or
sun faded. Most of the fiber-optic system still works.
The aftermarket radio works and sounds much better than the
stock radio ever did. The installation looks very
professional and most importantly, the original dash was not cut
This Corvette is in awesome
mechanical condition. The car needs no work or service at
all that I am aware of and is essentially, "turn key."
This Corvette is very fast and not for the faint of heart.
The engine and transmission were rebuilt in 2003 and the car has
seen limited used since then. I cannot list here all the
work that is included in the over $20,000 in receipts, but
needless to say, this car is very well sorted. The car
starts quickly, runs well, idles well, and does not smoke.
The transmission shifts well throughout the power band.
The car is tight on the road and at highway speeds with Bilstein
The headlights and wiper door both pop up quickly with no effort
or binding what so ever from their perspective switches or the
vacuum override switches. The Flowmaster exhaust gives the
car a healthy tone and very aggressive sound.
Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to
drive this car especially on a nice day with the t-tops out.
The original engine block is still in
the car. When the engine was rebuilt the stamped numbers were
ground off during the machining process. Luckily however, the
previous owner had the machine shop sign a form stating the the
engine was original to the car and even took a rubbing of the
numbers, which is pictured below. It shows the last six digits
of the vin, 116389, stamped on the engine pad meaning it was the
original, numbers matching, block. Also stamped on the engine
pad were, "V0422CJK." The "V" means the engine came from the
Flint, MI plant, the "0422" means it was completed on April 22,
1971, and the CJK is a suffix code meaning the engine was intended
for small block car with an automatic transmission.
The block casting
date is "D 17 1." This means the block was cast on April 17,
1971. This is correct at is predates both the assembly date of
the engine and the build date of the car. The casting number
is 3970010, which was a very widely used block in Corvettes from
1969 to 1979.
It is also worth to mention here
that the engine was rebuilt to 383 ci. It also features and
aluminum Edelbrock Intake, Holly carburetor, roller rockers, and a
mild roller cam.
Overall the vehicle is in outstanding
both the exterior
and interior as well as mechanically.
The 1968-72 "Chrome Bumper" Corvettes are the Barrett Jackson
stars of the future. The 1963-1967 cars have hit their
peak and have actually come down in value recently, the Chrome
Bumper Corvettes are beyond doubt one of the most sound and
secure ventures one could make into the Corvette market.
One could enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for
more than your purchase price. It always gets attention
going down the road because the Corvette always turns heads and
is admired by every car enthusiast. Thank you for looking
and please email or call with any questions.