$16,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1971

rpo code description
19467 Corvette Convertible
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission
PU9 White Letter Tires
U69 AM-FM Radio

exterior color code
973 Mille Miglia Red
interior color code
400 Black Vinyl

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette Sport Coupe
Transmission:   4-Speed (#'s Match)
Odometer:   7,870 (Exceeded)
Engine:   350 ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   194371S104235
about the dealership
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. We do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it.
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468 

vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is glad to offer this incredibly original numbers matching 1971 4-Speed Corvette Coupe in nice driver condition. This Corvette runs and drives great. It is finished in the beautiful and highly desirable color combination of Mille Miglia Red (973) over Black Vinyl (400). This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the codes on the trim tag pictured below. This Corvette is completely "Numbers Matching" with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the engine pad, which is pictured below, and the engine is original to the car. The transmission is also original with the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the main case and pictured below.

We cannot emphasize enough how incredibly original this Corvette really is. 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 how nice this Corvette really is.

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.

 

numbers

 


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 correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 194371S104235 The first digit, "1," indicates the Chevrolet division of GM. The "94" is the series, V8 Corvette. The "37" is the body style, 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 4,235th Corvette made for 1971.
Body Build Date E15 "E" corresponds to December, and the "15" is the fifteenth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is December 15, 1970.
Engine Code V1210 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "12" is the twelfth month of year and the "10" is the tenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on December 10, 1970.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code CJL This means the motor was intended for a 350ci 270hp Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 104235 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 506292, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 3970010 The engine block has a correct 3790010 casting number a small block 1971 Corvette.
Engine Block Casting Date L 7 0 "L" is December, "7" is the seventh day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on December 7, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 3973469 The intake has the correct 3973469 casting number for a 1971 Corvette.
Intake Manifold Casting Date H 18 0 "H" is August, "18" is the eighteenth day of the month, and "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake was cast on August 18, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Transmission Main Cast Casting # 3925661 The main case of the transmission has the correct 3925661 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting # 3978764 The tail housing of the transmission has the correct 3979764 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting # 3952648 The side cover of the transmission has the correct 3979764 casting number.
Transmission Date Code P0T17 The "P" indicates that this is a Muncie transmission. The "0" indicates the year, 1970. The "T" is the twelfth month of the year and the "17" is the seventeenth day of the month. So this is a Muncie 4-Speed transmission that was assembled on December 17, 1970.
Transmission VIN Stamping 104235 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 104235, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Bell Housing Casting Number 3899621 The bell housing has the correct 3899621 casting number.
Rear Differential LR W 233 1 E The "LR" indicates a 3.36:1 gear ratio with positraction. The "W" is the plant where it was produced, Warren, MI. The "233" indicates the 299th day of the year. The "1" means it was made during the first shift and the "E" means that that is it an Eaton positraction unit. So the rear end was made during the first shift on August 21, 197 in Warren, MI.
Expansion Tank 3016340 The Harrison aluminum expansion tank has the correct 3016340 stamping for a 1972 Corvette
Expansion Tank Date 70E The "70" is the year it was produced and the "E" is the fifth month of the year so the expansion tank was made in May of 1970.
Starter 1108430 The starter has the correct 1108430 part number stamped on the housing for a 1971 Corvette with a manual transmission.
Carburetor 7041211 The Rochester Quadrajet carburetor has a 7041211 part number stamped on the main body, which was used on 1970's Chevrolet's, but not Corvettes.
Exhaust Manifold LH 3846559 The left hand exhaust manifold has a 3846559 casting number, which was used on 1971 Corvettes.
Exhaust Manifold RH 3989036 The right hand exhaust manifold has a 3989036 casting number, which was used on 1971 Corvettes.
Left Front Wheel K 1 0 10 12 AZ "K" means the wheels are original Kelsey-Hayes as they should be, the "1" means they were made at the Romulus, MI plant, and the "0" is the year, 1970. The "10" is the tenth month of the year and "12" is the twelfth day of the month. This means the wheel was made on October 12, 1970. "AZ" is a code that was used on wheels that were intended for a 1971 Corvette.
Right Front Wheel K 1 0 10 16 AZ "K" means the wheels are original Kelsey-Hayes as they should be, the "1" means they were made at the Romulus, MI plant, and the "0" is the year, 1970. The "10" is the tenth month of the year and "16" is the sixteenth day of the month. This means the wheel was made on October 16, 1970. "AZ" is a code that was used on wheels that were intended for a 1971 Corvette
Left Rear Wheel K 1 0 10 16 AZ "K" means the wheels are original Kelsey-Hayes as they should be, the "1" means they were made at the Romulus, MI plant, and the "0" is the year, 1970. The "10" is the tenth month of the year and "16" is the sixteenth day of the month. This means the wheel was made on October 16, 1970. "AZ" is a code that was used on wheels that were intended for a 1971 Corvette
Right Rear Wheel K 1 0 10 16 AZ "K" means the wheels are original Kelsey-Hayes as they should be, the "1" means they were made at the Romulus, MI plant, and the "0" is the year, 1970. The "10" is the tenth month of the year and "16" is the sixteenth day of the month. This means the wheel was made on October 16, 1970. "AZ" is a code that was used on wheels that were intended for a 1971 Corvette

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Mille Miglia Red exterior looks just in person as it does in the photos. Sellers often throw around the word "original" and many people selling Corvettes claim to have original paint, but in our experience this is almost always untrue. On this Corvette we have seen no paint lines, overspray, or any other signs of paintwork. As one would expect from a paintjob this old it does have some flaws and imperfections as one can see in the photos and it does show its age. It does have a nice shine though. Both doors open and shut nicely. The wheels are in good shape with a brilliant finish. Please note that the car still has the correct 4-clip original beauty rings, not the cheap foreign made replacements. The Goodyear tires are older, but appear to have about 70% tread left. They are correctly sized 225/70R15. This car does have rust issues and specifically on the driver's side in the typical area around the "key hole." We have included many photos of the underside of the car.

 

Interior

The Black interior of the Corvette is in good driver condition overall. The seats look just in person just as they do in the photos; the drivers seat has been recovered, and the passenger seat may still be original. The carpet is in nice condition condition as well. The front carpet appears to be newer and the rear carpet appears to be original and is shows its age. The dash is in fantastic shape with no cracks, fading, or sun damage. The door panels are in excellent condition. The original radio does not work, but most importantly the console has never been cut or modified for an aftermarket installation. This car has not been smoked in and there is no aroma of cigarettes whatsoever. Also, please note that both shoulder belts 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. These Corvette interiors are not known to wear well over time and the nice condition of this interior is a testament to the care this car has received throughout its life.


Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. It starts right away every time and runs well. 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 there are no strange noises or vibrations, the brakes do not pull, and the car performs quite well overall. The car runs cool and does not overheat. The shifter is tight, the transmission does not pop out of any gears, and the clutch feels good. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast. Also, the engine compartment is clean and detailed as one can see in the photos. The lights, indicators, and horn all work. The blower motor for the heater works on all speeds. The headlights work from the override switch under the column. The wiper system does not work. The car is a nice driver that feels good out on the road, but it could use some adjustment to smooth out the idle. There are a number of gauges not working as one can see in the video below. Some of the fiber optic system works. This Stingray is a pleasure to drive, especially with the 4-Speed and the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

A note on the fiber optic light monitoring system. We consistently receive many questions about the purpose of this system; exactly what it is and what it does. The sole and main idea behind the fiber optic light monitoring system is to simply confirm that all of the exterior lights, headlights, indicators, tail lights, etc., are working and to make the driver aware of a a burned out bulb. Each lamp on the outside of the car has an actual fiber optic cable the runs to an indicator on the center console. There are nine small indicators on the console and each has its own finer optic cable. When the bulb goes on the light travels through the fiber optic cable and illuminates the corresponding indicator on the console. If someone does not remember to plug the cable end into the lamp housing, does any work to the center console, or if there is a break in a connection or anywhere along the cable, that indicator no longer works. As one can image, over time this is very common.


Overall Condition

 

Overall, this 1971 Corvette is in wonderful driver condition for being so original. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing and as one can see, this car is quite correct. There are photos below of the VIN stamp on the engine block, suffix code, engine assembly date, and transmission codes. 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. 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.

 

vehicle video

 


For an twelve minute video of the car starting, running, a walk around, function check, and test drive on the road and highway please visit:
https://youtu.be/b39qSe_3r-U .
 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast 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.

 

 



 

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