No Reserve: 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Whenever I see the words “Corvette” and “No Reserve” in the same listing, it is always guaranteed to grab my attention. It seems that I’m not alone because this 1971 Corvette Convertible has received some spirited bidding since being offered for sale. It isn’t 100% original, but it has enough positive attributes to make it a tempting proposition. The Corvette is located in Miami, Florida, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. The bidding has reached $18,700, and remember, this is a No Reserve listing.

When I first looked at this car, I had a feeling that we’d seen it before here at Barn Finds. However, that isn’t the case. We did recently see another Mille Miglia Red Convertible from the same seller, but that vehicle was a 1975 model. This one shows a lot of promise. The owner states that the car is rust-free, which is always a good starting point. Until recently, it had been owned by the same person since 1999. I always tend to find a history of long-term ownership to be an encouraging sign with cars like this. It usually suggests that the vehicle has been well cared for. The paint has a beautiful shine, and I can’t see any signs of cracking or crazing. The headlights are said to operate as they should, but the wiper door does need to be checked for a vacuum leak. The Corvette is fitted with a new Black convertible top, and while it looks wrinkled at present, I suspect that it will improve with time. The side exhaust isn’t original, and for me, the jury is out on that. The issue is that it doesn’t appear to feature any heat shielding. That means that there is a definite possibility of burned legs for anyone climbing in or out of the Corvette. Otherwise, the trim and chrome appear to be in good condition, as does the glass.

The Black interior of the Corvette generally presents well, although there are a couple of issues that the buyer might want to address. The upholstery on the seats is free from rips and tears, but it looks like it could be stretched. It also might be the case that the foam has started to compress over time. If that is the case, replacement foam would potentially fix that issue. There is some stretching of the vinyl on the driver’s door trim, and I don’t think that this could be fixed. It’s presentable for a driver-quality car, but I have a feeling that this is an item that will probably be replaced at some point. However, the thing that jars for me is the fact that the original radio has been removed, and a CD player has been fitted in its place. I have no issues with the swap, but the installation isn’t particularly neat. There are aftermarket adaptors available to improve the quality of this job, and buying one of those would represent $30 well spent. Apart from that, the rest of the interior looks to be neat and tidy.

The Corvette is a numbers-matching car and features a 350ci V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and power steering. It is here that the news is extremely positive with this Corvette. That 350 has received a rebuild and has only clocked 200 miles since the work was completed. Also, all of the belts have been replaced, along with the alternator, radiator, tires, and the master cylinder. The result of all of this hard work is a Corvette that is said to run and drive nicely, with the transmission shifting smoothly. I can’t help but think that with the aftermarket headers and the side exhaust, that this 350 would sound extremely tough.

There is a lot to like about this 1971 Corvette, and it is easy to see why it has attracted so much attention. It is a car with no immediate needs, and the raft of mechanical work that has been completed should mean that it won’t need a spanner laid on it in anger for quite some time. The fact that it is a chrome-bumper C3 helps its cause enormously, as these are the most highly coveted. I wouldn’t be surprised if the bidding pushed up towards the $25,000 mark, although there is the possibility that it could go higher. However, this is a No Reserve listing during an unusual period in our history. That could see it sell for significantly less money, and could make it a potential bargain.

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    Kills me to see no power steering these days. First thing I would do is add that, otherwise the “Little red Corvette” will make many smiles

  2. Chuck F 55chevy

    Funny, I just bought my 5th Corvette, love them! First one is long gone 78, as well as project 69 with 4 spd, but missing it’s 427. Got a 99 daily driver with typical problems, but still running with occasional tranny slipping. Picked up a 2002 parts car for the seats and tranny to go in the 99. Than a buddy sold me his 70 350AT project, needs front left corner damage repair and restored. 99 and 02 need to go, I just got a one owner 2008 Indy Pace Car, No 241, woo hoo! It does have less trunk room than my 99, oh well.
    Why sell this after doing so much work? Why not do the seats correctly? Was the engine rebuilt correctly? Caveat emptor.

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  3. 370zpp

    Isn’t the panel alignment kinda iffy on this one?

  4. TimM

    Nice ride!! Looks clean but I think a personal inspection would be wise!! Florida cars do get rusty!!!

  5. ruxvette

    “Most” gauges work…”wiper door needs the vacuum checked”.
    “Nice body lines and body gaps”…whaaat? The front end needs a complete adjustment/replacement, and possibly a hood.

  6. A.J.

    Funny that it has the factory a/c vents in the dash but no compressor or lines under the hood. That would be a pricey refit.

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    EBay seller of Corvettes located in Miami. Sounds familiar and if I’m not mistaken, has a shaky reputation.
    Not sure that I would represent the seller’s items here.

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  8. moosie moosie Member

    As mentioned by A.J. no A/C compressor shown also if that’s the original engine the tach red line is wrong, 1971 had two small blocks, a 300 horsepower 350 and the LT-1 350 with 330 horsepower that didnt have A/C as a compatable option, so something doesn’t jive, besides that it does have the heater control for an air conditioned car, also its missing the lens for the rear fiber optics, cant see clear enough if the front ones are there or not. Its a nice looking car sure enough but maybe not as original as they say. I had a ’66 Corvette roadster that I put the same header & outside muffler system on, the muffler got very warm but I never burned my legs on them in all the times my legs touched them, cut-off jeans or long pants.

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    • A.J.

      Base 350 in ’71 was 270HP. The thing is pretty sketchy the more you look at it.

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  9. Darrell Danyluk

    Be very careful with this vendor, lots of problems according to Corvette forum. Bring an expert with you before purchasing.

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  10. DonC

    Bidding at $19,200 with 3 hours to go.
    I owned this exact same car from 1997 to 2006. Mine was entirely original, even the paint. Thus, it needed some fiberglass work. Nor did I have the rebuilds or new parts this one has. I agree with folks here, that there are questions for this seller. I sold mine for $14,000 for comparison.

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