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The 1971 Corvette

1971 Black LT-1 Convertible Corvette

The 1971 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the least changed from the previous year. This was the aftermath of the labor problems during '69 and '70. The biggest changes are in the motor to reduce the octane requirements from previous years as mandated by GM. This took higher priority than any cosmetic changes. One thing that was changed was the parking light lenses, most 71's have amber lenses although some early production models have clear. The resin process used to form body parts was also updated to increase quality. This was the last year for the M22 "Rock Crusher" heavy duty transmission. It was named the "Rock Crusher" because of the sounds it made when shifting. Still no black Vettes' this year on the standard order sheet.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1971 Corvettes Built - 21,801

Total 1971 Convertibles - 7,121
Total 1971 Coupes - 14,680

Serial Numbers
Convertible194671S100001 - 194671S121801
Coupembers: 194671S100001 - 194671S121801

Coupe Serial numbers: 194371S100001 - 194671S121801 The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Serial Number Decoder

11Chevrolet Division
29Body Series: Corvette
34Engine: V-8
4 & 567Convertible
4 & 537Coupe
7SAssembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13100001 to 121801Production Sequence

Engine Serial Number Decoder

1971 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number

1 to 70001001Sequential Production Number
8F or TFlint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 11CJLCarburetion & Transmission350-cid 270-hp V-88.9:1manualfour-barrel
9 to 11CGTCarburetion & Transmission350-cid 270-hp V-88.5:1THM-400 automaticfour-barrel
9 to 11CJKCarburetion & Transmission350-cid 270-hp V-88.5:1THM-400 automaticfour-barrel
9 to 11CGZCarburetion & Transmission350-cid 330-hp V-89.0:1ManualFour-barrel
9 to 11CGKCarburetion & Transmission350-cid 330-hp V-89.0:1THM-400 AutomaticFour-barrel
9 to 11CPHCarburetion & Transmission454-cid 365-hp V-88.5:1ManualFour-barrel
9 to 11CPJCarburetion & Transmission454-cid 365-hp V-88.5:1THM-400 AutomaticFour-barrel
9 to 11CPWCarburetion & Transmission454-cid 425-hp V-89.0:1ManualFour-barrel
9 to 11CPXCarburetion & Transmission454-cid 425-hp V-89.0:1THM-400 AutomaticFour-barrel

The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. The Fisher Body Style Number identifies the model of Corvette. 71-19467 - Corvette Sting Ray convertible 71-19437 - Corvette Sting Ray coupe The body number is the serial number of the body. The trim number represents the color of the interior, the paint color is the exterior paint color.

Production Options

19437Base Coupe$5,496.00 14,680 67.3%
19467Base Convertible$5,259.00 7,121 32.7%
N/ACustom Interior Trim$158.00 2,602 11.9%
A31Power Windows$79.00 6,191 28.4%
A85Custom Shoulder Belts (std. w/ coupe)$42.00 677 3.1%
C07Auxiliary Hardtop (Convert.)$274.00 2,619 12.0%
C08Vinyl Covering for Aux. Hardtop$63.00 832 3.8%
C50Rear Window Defroster$42.00 1,598 7.3%
C60Air Conditioning$459.00 11,481 52.7%
N/AOptional Rear Axle$13.00 2,395 11.0%
J50Power Brakes$47.00 13,558 62.2%
LS5454ci, 365hp Engine$295.00 5,097 23.4%
LS6454ci, 425hp Engine$1,221.00 188 0.9%
LT1350ci, 330hp Engine$483.00 1,949 8.9%
M214 Speed Manual, Close Ratio Transmission$0.00 2,387 10.9%
M224 Speed Manual, Close Ratio, Heavy Duty Transmission (Rock Crusher)$100.00 130 0.6%
M40Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission$0.00 10,060 46.1%
N37Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column$84.30 8,130 37.3%
N40Power Steering$115.90 17,904 82.1%
P02Deluxe Wheel Cover$63.00 3,007 13.8%
PT7White Line Tires F70 x 15$28.00 6,711 30.8%
PU9White Letter Tires F70 x 15$42.00 12,449 57.1%
T60Heavy Duty Battery (std. w/ LS5)$15.80 1,455 6.7%
UA6Alarm System$31.60 8,501 39.0%
U69AM/FM Radio$178.00 18,078 82.9%
U79AM/FM Radio Stereo$283.00 3,431 15.7%
ZR1Special Purpose LT1 Engine Package$1,010.00 8 0.0%
ZR2Special Purpose LS6 Engine Package$1,747.00 12 0.1%

Color Options for 1971

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
Soft Top Color
Interior Color
905Nevada Silver$0.00B/WB-DB-DG-R N/A N/A
912Sunflower Yellow$0.00B/WB-DG-S N/A N/A
972Classic White$0.00B/WB-DB-DG-R-S N/A N/A
973Mille Miglia Red$0.00B/WB-R N/A N/A
976Mulsanne Blue$0.00B/WB-DB N/A N/A
979Bridgehampton Blue$0.00B/WB-DB N/A N/A
983Brands Hatch Green$0.00B/WB-DG N/A N/A
987Ontario Orange$0.00B/WB-DG-S N/A N/A
988Steel Cities Gray$0.00B/WB-S N/A N/A
989War Bonnet Yellow$0.00B/WB-DG-S N/A N/A
Color Codes: B=Black, DB=Dark Blue, DG=Dark Green, L=Leather, R=Red, S=Saddle, V=Vinyl, W=White

Interior Colors

400Black Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
403Black Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
414Brown Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
412Dark Blue Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
423Dark Green Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
407Red Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
417Saddle Vinyl$0.00 N/A N/A
420Saddle Leather$0.00 N/A N/A

1971 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Wheelbase98 inches (2.489 m)98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length182.5 inches (4.636 m)182.5 inches (4.636 m)
Overall width69.0 inches (1.753 m)69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall height47.4 inches (1.204 m)
Front tread58.7 inches (1.491 m)58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear tread59.4 inches (1.509 m)59.4 inches (1.509 m)
FrameFull-length welded-steel ladder type with five cross members. Steel box sections, welded.Full-length welded-steel ladder type with five cross members. Steel box sections, welded.
Front suspensionIndependent, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs tubular shocks and stabilizer barIndependent, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs tubular shocks and stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionIndependent, trailing arms, toe links, transverse chromium-carbon steel leaf spring, tube shocks, and anti-roll barIndependent, trailing arms, toe links, transverse chromium-carbon steel leaf spring, tube shocks, and anti-roll bar
SteeringSaginaw recirculating ball, 17.6:1 ratio, 2.9 turns to lock, 39.0 turning circleSaginaw recirculating ball, 17.6:1 ratio, 2.9 turns to lock, 39.0 turning circle
Rear axle typeSprung differential, Hypoid gearSprung differential, Hypoid gear
BrakesHydraulic, vented four wheel discs 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers, optional power assistHydraulic, vented four wheel discs 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers, optional power assist
Swept area11.75" front and back11.75" front and back
Total swept area461 sq. in.461 sq. in.
Wheels8" wide slotted steel 15" 5-lug disc8" wide slotted steel 15" 5-lug disc
Standard rear axle ratio3.36:13.36:1
Optional rear axle ratio2.73:1, 3.08:1, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 4.11:1, 4.56:12.73:1, 3.08:1, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 4.11:1, 4.56:1

Engine Specifications

FeatureBase Engine RPO L48RPO LS5RPO LS6RPO LT1
TypeV-8, Overhead ValveV-8, Overhead ValveV-8, Overhead ValveV-8, Overhead Valve
BlockCast IronCast IronCast IronCast Iron
Displacement350 cid454 cid454 cid350 cid
Bore & Stroke4.00 x 3.48"4.251 x 4.00"4.251 x 4.00"4.00 x 3.48"
Compression Ratio8.5:18.5:18.5:19.0:1
Brake Horsepower270 @ 4800365 @ 4800425 @ 5600330 @ 5600
Torque360 lb-ft @ 3200465 lb-ft @ 3200475 lb-ft @ 4000360 @ 4000
Main bearingfivefivefivefive
Valve liftershydraulichydraulichydraulicSolid valve lifters
Camshafthigh-performance camshaftHigh-performance camshaftHigh-performance camshaft
Fuel SupplyRochester Quadra-Jet four-barrel Model 4MVRochester 750CFM Quadra-Jet four-barrelHolley 800CFM four-barrelHolley four-barrel on aluminum intake manifold

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