Seven Hills Motorcars is
Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and
registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio. With many years of
focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM
classics. There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs
if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about
your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am. Founded in 2005, this is
a very focused operation. We do it because we enjoy it. We are a
collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.
I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it
is special or rare and because we like it.
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Seven Hills Motorcars is glad to offer this numbers
matching 1971 big block 454ci LS5 Corvette in nice driver condition. This
Corvette is rare, absolutely loading with options, and highly
desirable. Besides the obvious draw of the original LS5 engine this
Corvette also features air conditioning, power steering, power
brakes, power windows, and automatic transmission. It is an
awesome driver and runs great and feels nice out on the road. It is finished in
the rare and highly prized color combination of Nevada Silver (905) over
Black Leather Interior (402). This is the correct
and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag
pictured below. This Corvette is "Numbers Matching" meaning the last six
digits of the VIN are stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured
below, and the engine is original to the car.
There are dozens of receipts for thousands of dollars of
work performed on the car over years, which are pictured
below. A receipt from 1990 shows that the engine was
rebuilt by the famous John Lingenfelter Racing.
We have this car priced to sell and are offering an
excellent opportunity to own a very desirable Corvette at an
unbeatable value. One could
easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price
in years to come as the market on C3 Corvettes is hot right now and
on the rise, this is especially true for the "chrome bumper"
cars from 1968-1972. Please peruse all
of the photos, video, list of numbers, and other information below
to get a true sense of this Corvette.
As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.
We hand pick each car after careful inspection. Our
Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone
that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.
We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the
car inspected. Please take the time to scrutinize each
picture. We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so
you can feel confident about your purchase. If you have a
question about the Corvette, just give us a call.
Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the
correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but
all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This
means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the
correct order. For example, all of the dates for the
individual engine components and the engine casting date should
obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the
parts had to be produced before they could be assembled.
All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated
The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of
GM. The "94" is the series, Stingray V8 Corvette. The "37"
is the body style, 2-door sport coupe. The sixth digit, "1,"
indicates the model year, 1971. The "S" is the plant where
the car was produced, St. Louis. The last five digits are a
sequence number so this is the 21,038th Corvette made for
Body Build Date
"L" corresponds to July, and the "07" is the
seventh day of the
month meaning this Corvette's body build date is July 7, 1971.
"T" means the engine was build in the Tonawanda,
The "06" is the sixth month of year and the
"21" is the
twenty-first day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on
June 21, 1971. This is correct as it precedes the build
date of the car.
This means the motor was intended for a 454ci LS5 Corvette
with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this
Engine VIN Stamping
The last 6 digits of the car's VIN,
121038, are stamped on
the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number
The engine block has the correct 3963512 casting number a
bib block 454ci 1971 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date
E 18 1
May, "18" is the eighteenth day of the month, and "1" is
the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on
May 18, 1971.
Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the
Intake Manifold Casting Number
The intake has the correct 3955287 casting number as LS5
Intake Manifold Casting Date
K 7 9
"K" is Novemebr, "7" is the seventh day of the month, and
"9" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake was
cast on Novemebr 7, 1969.
The "I denotes June and the "N" denotes 1971 meaning the
driver's side window was made in June of 1971.
"I" denotes June and "N" denotes 1971 meaning the passenger's
side window was made in June of 1971.
"G" denotes April and "N" denotes 1971 meaning the rear window
was made in April of 1971.
information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers
and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.
Silver exterior is in good driver condition. As one can see in
the photos, the finish has nice gloss, deep shine, and smooth
finish. The chrome and other bight work on the car
looks great overall with no major pitting, scratches, or cloudiness.
Both doors open and shut nicely. The wheels and center caps
are in nice condition with a great finish and no burb rash on
the beauty rings. The red line tires appear to have about 90%
tread left, please note these are original style bias ply tires;
the red lines really pop with the silver paint and go great with
the look of this car. There are a few small imperfections that are
noticeable in the photos like on the wiper molding and driver's
door. There are some other faint blemishes
in the paint that were too tiny to show up in pictures, but
nothing that is really noticeable from five or ten feet away. We
have included some photos of the areas on the car most prone to
rust to show how clean and solid it is. This car was titled in
Georgia for most of its life so it was in a good southern
climate and not submitted to harsh winters or salty roads.
This Corvette looks as good in person as it does in
Window Date Codes
Please note that the the
side glass on this car and even the pop out rear window,
are date coded and original as each piece
predates the car's body build date of July 7, 1971 (L07). Original glass is a good indication
that this car has had no major accident history
and never sustained significant damage.
Black interior of the Corvette looks terrific. The seats look
wonderful with no split seems,
rips, or signs of excessive wear. The carpet is in
condition with no stains. This
includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. There is
a rip in the drivers foot well that is visible in the
photos. The dash
and console are in terrific condition with no cracks, fading, or sun damage. The door panels are in
very good orginal. The radio gets good reception and most importantly the dash has never been
cut or modified for the aftermarket installation. This car has not been smoked in and
there is no aroma of cigarettes whatsoever. Also, please
note that the lap belts operate and retract properly.
This is a very common problem on this era Corvette and a
small, but very important, detail most buyers do not think
to check. The parking brake handle button is stuck in. The original jack and jack handle are still with
the car stowed correctly in the compartment behind seats and
pictured below with the original decals on the compartment
The interior looks as good in person as it does in
Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. It
runs well and idles smooth. The car
is an great driver that feels nice the road and at highway speeds.
In the video below one can observe the car accelerating on the
highway up to about 70mph, shifting through all the gears, braking to stoplight, and going
through some curves. Please note that it shifts well, the brakes do not pull, and the car
performs quite well overall. The brakes are responsive and
do not pull to one side or the other. The brakes were serviced
last year with all new calipers, rotors, and front hoses with
work below. There are dozen of receipts and service records that
go with the car and are pictured below. There is also one recipt
from when the engine was rebuilt by John Lingenfelter in 1990. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite
fast. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean,
detailed, and correct as one can see in the photos. Please not
that even very detailed items are correct like the dated 3019249
Expansion Tank, which is a very rare part that was only found on
big block cars with a/c and sells alone for $600 to $1000. The
car does have original style bias ply tires so it will not drive
like a modern car with radials. The lights, indicators, and wipers all work. The blower motor for the heater and a/c works
on all speeds. The vacuum system for the headlights and wiper
door works as one can see in the video below. The horn and odometer do
not work. The compressor click
on correctly when the a/c is turned on as one can see in the
video below. It doesn't really blow that cold so it probably
needs some Freon. The true dual exhaust
system has a very
healthy tone. Not
enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive
this car, especially with T-Tops out on a beautiful day.
Overall, this 1971 Corvette is in
great driver condition. Numbers matching is extremely
important in Corvette pricing and as one can see, this
car is quite correct. This is especially true for highly
desirable examples like the big block. It goes without
saying that an original LS5 454ci Corvette goes
for a large premium over a base counterpart. In my
opinion and based on our experience the "Chrome Bumper"
cars from 1968-1972 are the most collectible and hottest
in the entire Corvette market right now. The value of
these cars has gone up exponentially in recent years.
They are all solid investments for a collector.
The originality, matching numbers, great option package,
and beautiful color combination make this car especially
important and difficult to duplicate. This Corvette
always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It
is very apparent that the vehicle has been well taken
care of by its previous owners. The prices of C3
Corvettes have increased drastically over the past
years. They are secure and wise investments for a
collector. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for
several years and sell it for more than the purchase
price with minimal effort.
Thank you for looking and please do not
hesitate to email or call with any questions.
For an thirteen minute video of the car starting, running, a walk
around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped
across the country or even across the world to their new
owners. Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping
process and glad to help our customers with it. We are more
than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere
in world. For our domestic customers in the United States we
can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added
expense for a shipping broker. Please feel free to contact us
for a shipping quote.