Sometimes it seems like every for sale ad you read has “low miles” written in it somewhere. That’s not the case with this 1971 Corvette coupe currently listed on Ebay. It’s spent the last 42 years with the same southern California owner and has logged a total of 522,000 miles since it was born. That’s basically the equivalent of a roundtrip visit to the moon.
The numbers matching Corvette was purchased when it was just one year old at Eddie Hopper Chevrolet in Garden Grove, CA after the new owners traded in their 1966 Corvette coupe on it. Also in their garage at home was a 1966 Corvette roadster track car. The almost new 1971 was to be their daily driver and weekend cruiser. It quickly became apparent that the automatic transmission wasn’t going to cut it so they summoned Dick Guldstrand to custom build a 4-speed manual transmission for a car to make it more comfortable on long jaunts with their Corvette club.
During the 1980’s, the factory Mulsanne Blue paint was replaced by Ferrari red. At that time the blue vinyl interior was switched over to red leather. Later in 2006 the Ferrari red was replaced by a Nissan hue called Code Red. A set of 15 x 8 Western Wheel knock-offs were added during the initial red/red changeover.
In 2009 (47,000 miles ago) the base 270hp engine was rebuilt and output was bumped 310hp. The eBay ad has more details on the engine’s internals. Some other more recently addressed maintenance items include new spark plugs, oil and air filters, new hoses and belts, a new clutch, transmission serviced, new posi fluid, wheel bearings serviced, A/C serviced, and new brake rotors and pads in addition to several other items.
The car is honestly represented as a 522,100 mile car. The paint shows minor nicks and bubbling and the tires need to be replaced. The knock-offs are described as having no major curb rash. The interior is consistent with its 30 year old age and shows some of the original blue in spots. The seller states that everything works properly except the clock. Options on the car include power windows, steering and brakes, tilt and telescopic wheel, and air conditioning.
Included in the sale are the complete maintenance history from new including receipts, the California “blue-plates”, the original owner’s manual, an extra set of keys, and a California registration good through August of this year.
We love hearing stories about Corvette owners driving their cars. This C3 obviously has had a very busy life and is ready for another half million miles with its next owner. Be sure to check out some of the old school photos in the Ebay listing which ends on March 23rd at 1:49:18 PM PDT.