Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
Looking for a great example of the mighty 'Vette in all its magnetic third generation, open air splendor? It's on display right here in the form of this 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. This true American sports car still wears its original colors both inside and out, and with a strong running powerplant standing by under its hood, it'll be ready to hit the asphalt just as soon as you get it home.
Few production cars reaching the auto-buying public have held as steadfastly to their concept car inspirations as the third generation of Corvettes like this '71 held to the look of the Mako Shark and Manta Ray - both of which were fully functional specimens that stunned auto show attendees with their futuristic appearances when they were released in the mid and late '60s, respectively. This Corvette is dressed in it is original War Bonnet yellow shade, a strong vibrant color with just a hint of metal flake for depth that positively radiates underneath a strong clear coat. The color is set off nicely by clean, straight bumpers both fore and aft, along with unblemished door handles and side mirrors and a windshield that looks just as clear as it did when this 'Vette rumbled off the showroom floor. Flip up headlights were a defining feature of the model during this era and the pair on display here sit nice and flush in their lowered position and raise promptly with the flick of a switch. For those occasions when the skies darken above you, there's a sharp, well-fitted white vinyl top ready to lift into place for protection.
Over the years, Chevy always went to great lengths to equip its prized performance model with ultra-stylish, driver-centric interiors that combined functionality with plenty of comfort, as the one on this drop top ably illustrates. Just climb into the race-inspired driver's seat and you'll feel like you're moving even while at a standstill. Just to the right, the well-placed center console offers a padded armrest at just the right height to rest an elbow, with a bit of storage space behind the seats. The aeronautically inspired array of controls just beyond the stock steering wheel were another signature Corvette styling cue, and the gauges on hand here are looking particularly fresh as they sit behind clear lenses with a straight, uncracked dash pad looming over the top. A Premier AM/FM/CD stereo with an auxiliary port sits at the center of the dash, so your audio options are well covered.
This vintage Chevy combines a solid, road-ready condition with its undeniable aesthetic appeal. The matching numbers 350 V8 still carries its Rochester 4-barrel carb under its chrome air cleaner, as well as its signature rams horn exhaust manifolds and it's very much ready to hit the asphalt post haste. A smooth-shifting 3-speed automatic transmission sits just behind the powerplant to make up a low-effort, high reward drivetrain that will help make stop and go conditions just a bit more tolerable. Power disc brakes at all four corners bring quick, fade resistant stops, while power steering makes for easy navigation as this sleek performer captivates onlookers on its set of 15" Chevy wheels outfitted with BF Goodrich T/A radials. Below, the undercarriage looks nice and solid.
With its magnetic exterior in good form and combining with a strong, road-ready drivetrain, this 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible would be a great score for the classic car enthusiast longing for the excitement of open-air driving. Call today!
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