LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LS6 Resto-Mod
The 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe had very little changes from the previous year’s beforehand. The reason for this, is that the UAW labor dispute of 1969 shortened production of the 1970 model, so GM decided to make the 1971 model essentially an extension of the 70. A positive fact that came from the dispute however, is that it allowed Chevrolet to produce a more trouble free and better machine for 1971. With a base price of $5,496, Chevrolet offered the choice of 3 different engines from a 350/330hp to a 454/425hp, 3 different transmissions, and many other factory options. In all, there were 21,801 Corvettes produced for the 1971 year. There are few cars in the collector car world that command the kind of respect and admiration as the LS6 Corvette.
This ’71 Corvette LS6 was built on March 22, 1971 and was delivered to Botnick Motor in Binghamton, New York. This is one of only 188 factory built in 1971 with the LS6 454 engine option, rated at 425 HP and with Muncie 4 speed transmission. This was a wonderful original car that still wore its original paint and had never been restored until being treated to an exacting nut and bolt frame off restoration that resulted in an NCRS Top Flight award. Finished in the factory correct #983 Brands Hatch Green with complimentary Saddle leather interior. It also has tilt steering wheel, power windows, power steering and brakes to complete the package.
The previous owner had commissioned the team here at LMC to upgrade this amazing documented LS6 with some modern aftermarket parts to help improve the overall driving experience. The goal was for this Corvette to retain its stock appearance on the outside while hiding a serious upgrade in horsepower, suspension capability and braking performance. The build started with a brand new 572ci GM crate engine producing 620hp and 645 ft.lbs of torque. Induction is handled by a FAST fuel injection system which hides underneath a stock style breather and helps increase drive ability, cold starts and performance. The engine breathes through a set of ceramic coated long tube headers and exits the rear bumper through a tig-welded stainless-steel custom exhaust. This stout powerplant is backed by a 5-speed Tremec transmission with far better gear ratios than the Muncie it replaces.
With the massive upgrade in power, the suspension and brake capabilities needed to be improved to help keep this Corvette planted on the road. We looked to the suspension experts at Detroit Speed who sent us their proven SPEEDRAY front suspension kit and DECALINK rear suspension kit for the C3 Corvette. The system features ‘Detroit Tuned’ quick ratio power rack and pinion steering along with forged USA Detroit Speed aluminum uprights. The bolt-on powder coated cradle assembly improves suspension geometry, provides rigid mounting for the rack and pinion, and includes integrated tie down eyelets. DSE/JRi ‘Detroit Tuned’ Coilover shocks/springs allow for spring rate tuning and ride height adjustment. It also includes a splined sway bar with aluminum arms, composite bushings, powder coated tubular upper and lower control arms with Delrin™ bushings, forged offset upper control arm mounting brackets with caster tuner bushings to optimize suspension geometry. Braking is handled by a set of massive power-assisted Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners. The big brakes are hidden behind a set of 17inch Rally wheels to give this pro-touring machine a stock-style appearance.
Included in the sale are the stock components to return this back to its factory production specification including the numbers matching LS6 engine and 4-speed transmission. This Corvette is fully documented with items including; original owner’s manual, original protection plate, original EPA sticker, DOT sticker, gas tank sticker, NCRS Shipping Data Report, NCRS Judging Sheets, the NCRS Top Flight Award Certificate. Also included are 1971 Corvette brochures, the wheel trim ring instruction sheet, and the AM/FM radio manual.
This factory Corvette LS6 is a complete built Pro-Touring machine with the capability and power of modern sports cars. It also is highly collectible being 1 of only 188 factory LS6 examples ever built and comes with its stock components if the next owner decided to return it back to how it left the factory.