1971 Corvette Stingray Uncommon Engine Choices

The 1971 Corvette Stingray got here with a number of engine choices that could possibly be added to the $5,496 base coupe value. Complete manufacturing numbers had been fairly skinny in 1971, with a complete of seven,121 convertibles and 14,680 coupes.One of many rarest, and most fascinating choices, is the LS6 454ci, 425hp engine, which added $1,221 to the bottom value. There have been solely 188 of those uncommon Corvettes made in 1971. I can solely think about value will need to have been the problem, as this was a extremely fascinating, excessive horsepower huge block. The LS6 454 was conservatively rated at 425 horsepower, however I guess with the correct tuning and a few bolt on aftermarket elements 550 horsepower wouldn’t be troublesome to realize. Are you able to think about how a lot enjoyable that automotive would have been?I’d like to take off the T-Tops and hit the streets with this Saturday night time particular! I’ve all the time liked the large block Corvettes, as they appear to represent the final word in American sports activities automobiles. Merely say the phrases “big block Corvette” to an automotive fanatic, and watch their eyes gentle up. These automobiles have all the time been coveted amongst collectors and fans. Nevertheless, with at present’s fuel costs, I can see why this automotive could be much less fascinating as a every day driver, because it virtually undoubtedly boasted excessive single digit or low double digit fuel mileage scores. Within the early a part of the 1970s, fuel was low cost, in order that was not a problem on the time, and there have been few emissions controls, so this automotive would have been king of the streets.By the mid-70’s, the fuel crunch and emissions points would squash any additional improvement of some of these automobiles. I’m wondering if this was solely out there by way of particular order, or in the event that they had been out there on the dealership tons? I used to be not alive in 1971, so I do not actually know, and can’t discover any knowledge to assist both aspect. I do know that with solely 188 of them made, that is fairly a uncommon and fascinating choice for any Corvette collector.I’d like to see one in every of these in individual, or see photographs of the construct sheet or knowledge plate. I’m wondering how lots of the extremely uncommon automobiles exist at present, and the way many individuals personal them with out realizing how uncommon they’re? I’d like to have one in every of these huge block monster Corvettes!That is all I’ve at present!