general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1971

rpo code description
19437 Corvette Sport Coupe
--- Factory "Custom" Interior Trim
A31 Power Windows
C60 Air Conditioning
J50 Power Brakes
M40 Automatic Transmission
N37 Tilt & Telescopic Steering Column
N40 Power Steering
PU9 White Letter Tires
U69 AM-FM Radio

exterior color code
973 Mille Miglia Red
interior color code
403 Black Leather

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette Sport Coupe
Transmission:   Automatic (#'s Match)
Odometer:   68,570 (Actual)
Engine:   350 ci V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   194371S109287
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 beautiful numbers matching 1971 Corvette Coupe in nice driver condition and absolutely priced to sell. It has only 68,570 original miles and is loaded with options such as air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, and tilt/telescopic steering column. This Corvette looks good, runs great, and drives well. This Corvette's engine "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 VIN stamp on the main case. The Mille Miglia Red (973) over Black (403) color combination looks great on the car and is original, verified by the codes on the trim tag pictured below.

We are offering an excellent opportunity to own a very desirable Corvette model at an unbeatable value. The market on C3 "chrome bumper" Corvettes from 1968 to 1972 is absolutely red hot right now and on the rise; one could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come. 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 194371S109287 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 9,287th Corvette made for 1971.
Body Build Date G09 "G" corresponds to February, and the "09" is the ninth day of the month meaning this Corvette's body build date is February 9, 1971.
Engine Code V0218 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "02" is the second month of year and the "18" is the eighteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on February 18, 1971. 
Suffix Code CJK This means the motor was intended for a 350ci 270hp Corvette with an automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 109287 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 109287, 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 11 0 "L" is December, the "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and the "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the engine block was cast on December 11, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Distributor 1112050 The distributor is original and correct for a 1969 Corvette with a 1111490 stamping on the band around the base.
Distributor Date Code 0M16 The "0" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "M" denotes December, and "16" is the sixteenth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on December 16, 1970. This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 3973469 The intake manifold has a correct 3973469 casting number a small block 270hp 1971 Corvette.
Intake Manifold Casting Date E 11 0 "L" is December, the "11" is the eleventh day of the month, and the "0" is the last digit of the calendar year so the intake manifold was cast on December 11, 1970.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Transmission 71-CK The "71" is the model year, 1971. The "C" means the transmission was made for a Chevrolet vehicle, and the "K" means is was intended for a 350ci Corvette, which is correct for this car.
Transmission Date Code 394 The assembly date code for the 1971 model year starts with the first day of the calendar year in 1968 and continues through the calendar year in 1971. This means "394" is the394th day starting with January 1, 1968, which indicates the transmission is dated January 29, 1971.
Transmission VIN Stamp 109287 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 109287, are stamped on the main case of the transmission and pictured below meaning this transmission is original to this car.
Rear Differential LR W 12 E 1 The "LR" is a code that indicates a 3.36:1 rear axle ratio with positraction. The "W" is he plant where it was produced. The "12" is the twelfth day of the month. The "E" is the source of the positraction, Eaton. The "1" is the shift in which the rear end was made. This means the differential was made in Warren, MI on January 12, 1971 during the first shift.

 *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 is in good driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the finish has fine gloss, smooth finish, and deep shine. The wheels and center caps are in good condition with a great finish. The BF Goodrich tires have about 80% tread left. The chrome and other bright work shows well overall for a driver. There are some imperfections around the car that are visible in the photos. There are a few blemishes around car that were too tiny to show up in pictures, but nothing else that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away. The left door glass could be adjusted to fit better. This car has no rust issues. The frame is totally solid around the "key hole" area in front of the rear tire and we have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield or "birdcage." These are the most notorious spots for rust on a C3 Corvette. We have included many photos of the underside to show how great it looks.

 

Interior

The Black interior of the Corvette is in decent original condition. The seats look in person just as they do in the photos with some split seams and typical wear for its age. Please note that these appear to be the original seats and skins. The carpet is in nice condition as well with no holes or stains. This includes the rear carpet, which is often neglected. The radio works. The dash is in good shape with no fading or sun damage, there are two very small spots in the center that are visible in the photos.


Mechanical

This Corvette seems to be in good mechanical condition. It starts right away every time and runs well. The car is an good 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 and the car performs quite well overall. There is no blue smoke when starting or driving. The car runs cool and does not overheat. The transmission shifts well. 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. Please note that the car still has he correct and original air cleaner, valve covers, and upper ignition shielding. The horn works as do the indicators, exterior lights, and power windows. The blower motor for the a/c and heater works on all speeds . All of the gauges work with the obvious exception of the clock and the speedo has a squeak as one can hear in the video. Some of the fiber optic system works. There is some play in the steering wheel. The entire vacuum system for the headlights and wiper door works; their complete operation can be viewed in the video. The wipers work with the door raised by the switch under the dash. 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.

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. 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, transmission VIN stamp, transmission assembly date, and the rear end code. This car does have a "Salvage-Rebuilt" title. According to the previous owner the car was originally sold in Texas. In the early 1980's the car was stolen and quickly found. After the car was recovered it was deemed a "theft-recovery" and the title was branded as salvage for that reason. 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 thirteen 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/VsLqKw8pL_I .
 

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.

 

warranty

  We are one of the only classic car dealers that is able to offer you a warranty for purchase on your classic car. There are warranties available from 1 year to 10 year at prices ranging from $2,500 to $6,000. Warranty work can be completed at any licensed repair shop, including your local Chevrolet dealer. As with all other classic car dealers, unless you decided to purchase a warranty, all of our vehicles are sold "As-is" with on warranty express or implied. Please contact us if you are interested in a warranty for your classic vehicle.

 

 



 




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