It’s time for Throwback Thursday where we feature vintage photos of Corvettes. Today’s vintage picture features Corvette’s first chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov with two 1971 Corvettes. Oh, and there’s some other dude with retro sneakers in the pic as well.
I don’t have any context for the photo so we’ll just present it as is. But I will drop this cool piece of trivia for fans of the 1971 Corvette.
It was the 1971 model year that featured detuned Corvette powerplants as the sports car began its long downward slide in horsepower through the 1970s and ’80s.
The LS6 engine first appeared in 1971 Corvettes. It was a 454 cubic inch big block rated at 425 hp and added a whopping $1,200 to the base MSRP of $5,496 (Coupe). This engine was going to be called the LS7, a big block version of the LT1 (with aluminum heads) rated at 460-465 hp. Due to the tightening fuel economy regulations on the horizon, the LS7 was cancelled along with the ZR2 upgrade package and instead, the detuned version of the LS7 became the 1971 Corvette’s LS6.
1971 was a year that could have been very special for Corvette and Chevy performance fans. Instead it is now known as the start of a different kind of era for performance and muscle cars.
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