Amazing 2,650 Mile 1971 Chevrolet Corvette

Just when you think you have seen everything in the automotive world, up pops temptation.  Take a look at this Pat L. located 1971 Corvette for sale on craigslist in Gadsden, Alabama.  Looks like a NCRS Duntov Award level restoration, right?  The picture above reveals a flawless paint job with every part and piece in the right place.  Can you believe that this sapphire blue Corvette is all original and has just $2,650 miles on the odometer?  To make things even better, the asking price is not in the stratosphere.  $38,500 buys this well documented Stingray Corvette.  Is the price worth it?  Would you be able to resist driving it if it were in your garage?

Seeing low mileage Corvettes is nothing new.  Most newer Corvettes are second or third cars for their owners.  There are also a number of late seventies and early Corvettes that were socked away as an investment because they were advertised as either an Indianapolis 500 Official Pace Car or a collector’s edition of some sort.  Finding a low mileage C1, C2, or early C3 is an event that doesn’t happen very often.  Most of these cars were driven, and examples with special options or very low mileage often found themselves in select collections or in a car museum.

This Corvette ended up on a different path.  It was purchased from Spicer Chevrolet in Neosha, Missouri on August 25, 1971 by a collector car enthusiast.  It sat in his personal collection until his passing.  The car then was sold by the estate to a dealer, who then sold it to a collector in New York.  It was purchased from that collector by the current owner and seller.

This Corvette left the factory with a 270 horsepower engine with 350 cubic inches.  It is backed up by a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission.  Most prominent of its options were air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, power steering and power brakes.  The original paint was touched up at the dealership to repair flaws from the factory and the car was also treated to undercoating, raised white letter tires, trim rings, and beauty bands.  The wheels and hubcaps you see on the car now are there now for what the seller calls “maintenance miles.”

A peek inside reveals a perfect interior that shows just how brilliant the blue color was when these cars sat on the showroom floor.  We have seen a number of restored and original Corvettes of this vintage on Barn Finds, but none have looked like this one.  Simply stunning.

Documentation included with the car includes the original window sticker.  It is still affixed to the driver’s door glass, and has never been removed.  Also included is the bill of sale, Protecto-Plate, original owners manual, dealer paperwork, seat shims in their original pouch, unopened license plate hardware, and the original key punch outs.  The original bank loan documents are even present.

A look under the hood reveals an almost completely untouched engine with the ignition shielding still in place.  Due to the low mileage on the car, rebuilding the radiator by DeWitt Radiator was required.  The master cylinder also had to be replaced, and the brake calipers were switched out for units with stainless steel sleeves.

Owning this car would be a feather in the cap of any Corvette enthusiast.  Cars like this don’t come up for sale very often, and the investment potential is obvious.  Still, how would you resist driving it?  You just couldn’t sit in your living room on a gorgeous fall day without hearing this siren’s song.  Maybe a few extra miles wouldn’t hurt…

Could you resist driving this pristine beauty?


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  1. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    What a beauty! Gone Already.

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  2. canadainmarkseh Member

    I’d drive it sparingly on nice days the rest of the time it would be garaged and covered. Cars are meant to be driven and exercising them keeps the car viable. My favourite corvette is this one I love the chrome bumpers. Nice find.

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  3. james Member

    About the same price as a mid price convertible Camaro with a V6. Engineering is world apart, but I’d much rather drive this for the next 10 years. Depreciation might be similar, so what the heck, drive it!

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  4. Bob McK Member

    So sad it has an automatic transmission.

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    • TimS Member

      Not for people who can’t drive a stick.

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  5. Pookie Jamie

    Stupid question. Hopefully a not so stupid answer. What are seat shims? I’m an avid corvette enthusiast so I have never heard of this

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    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      Ditto on seat shims. Good looking car but it needs to be on the highway.

    • Frank Sumatra

      The shims are used to adjust the seat back angles to the owners preference. There was a limited amount of adjustment (none, actually) when they left the factory.

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  6. 71FXSuperGlide

    Looks pretty darn correct from the photos. Low mileages cars like this are very helpful for documenting restoration efforts, but it’s still a shame someone didn’t drive it more.

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  7. mike b

    $38.5k for an essentially new, arguably better looking than the current offering, Corvette. Would I drive it? Duh. 2,000 miles a year until the next crisis that puts the kibosh on that type of activity and it would have only 10,000 miles. By that time it’s still a collector’s item or we’ve got much bigger priorities than an old car.

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  9. TimM

    350 with an automatic transmission!!!!
    BORING… is in nice shape if you like that combination!!!!

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  10. JoeNYWF64

    Those wheel covers actually look good!
    Beautful design & color – sexiest of all fenders! I am not sure if that steerin wheel should be blue. But shouldn’t the floor mats be blue? If mats were optional, i can’t see not ordering them – & in blue – for this car.
    The black ones look aftermkt.
    I’m not sure about corvette manual trans shifters, but i remember reading in car & driver about the awful shifter in ’76 t/a 455 4 speed.

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    • Steve Courchesne

      I had those wheel covers on my first Stingray back in 1977.It was a 65 Coupe, 327 with 4 -speed and those are heavy wheel covers let me tell you! I paid $5000 way back in 77 for that Stingray and I was 18 years old at the time.

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  11. Tom Member

    This car would probably benefit from going through one of the big auctions as much as I hate to say it. It is more of a museum/collector piece than a driver.

    Driving it meticulously and adding a few more miles to it over the years will not kill the value to buy and drive it a bit. $38K is great money on this car IF you are ok with the auto trans which I am not personally.

    I had this color combo on a 72 454 M21 car. I am sad. BUT I am happy to see the Auto Trans….makes me NOT want it !!


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  12. John Keller

    Sapphire blue? Not an option in 1971. Mulsanne Blue and Bridgehampton Blue were the only blue colors available.

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