Numbers Matching LT1: 1971 Corvette

1971 Corvette LT1

In 1970, the LT1 optioned Corvette was the one to have if you wanted a Vette that was fast and light! It’s 370 horsepower 350 V8 was the second most powerful engine offered and is lighter than the 390 horse 454. Sadly, in ’71 it wasn’t quite the beast it had been, as power dropped to just 330 horsepower. It was still the second most powerful engine that year and received all kinds of performance bits. Someone obviously had big dreams for this ’71, but they never finished the job. It’s been freed from storage and is now up for grabs here on eBay in West Creek, New Jersey with a current bid of $4,600 and no reserve.

1971 Corvette LT1 Engine

These cars can be impressive racers when setup correctly. This one is going to need a ton of work to just get it back on the street, but it looks like it has potential. The seller has some parts for it, including rear quarters to replace the flared ones. I’d want to put this car back as close to original as possible, especially the body work. While it doesn’t have the power of the ’70, I think I could live with 330 horses! I bet when it was new, it was a blast to row through the gears in this thing! So what would you do with this project? Would you restore it to original or turn it into a track monster?

Comments

  1. Van

    This would be good for cruising with low compression and cheep gas.
    What would it take to match the 370 horse engine, shave the heads and change the cam?

  2. redwagon

    poof. listing gone.

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      On now, 5K.

  3. RandyS

    The OGZ suffix and the 487 heads check out as a real LT1. I didn’t think many LT1 were in base cars though (No PB, AC or PS). Nice find! Would be great driver as not worth a ton from the lack of accessories but the stock hardened valve seats and larger cc heads means can run on todays gas.

    • RollerD

      No AC on LT-1 cars except for 240 1972 models.

  4. Jumping g

    Just a word of advice . With so many classic cars coming up for sale in nj,ny ,pa,md,a lot of cars were damaged from super storm sandy . I have seen cars that were underwater and the owners tell you nothing so take the time to check the cars from top to bottom .

  5. RollerD

    Car appears authentic…a red 1971 LT-1 convertible with an M-20 Muncie and the original engine. Built in March 1971. Will bring a lot of money restored.

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Works fine for me.

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