1971 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
The third iteration of the Chevy Corvette was known as the C3 and was built from 1968 to 1982.
1971 Corvettes retained the silver-colored egg-crate grill with rectangular signal lights, and the signal lights kept their clear lenses and amber bulbs. The front fender louvers were also the same for this year, with an egg-crate style grill.
The big change for '71 was the lower compression engines and the subsequently reduced power outputs. This was the beginning of a downward trend that would last for years. The base 350 was rated at 270 hp (formerly 300 hp), the LT1 was rated at 330 hp (formerly 370 hp), and the 454 cubic inch LS5 was now rated at 365 (formerly 390 hp). The LS6 454 engine was newly available in the Corvette, and was rated at 425 hp and 475 ft-lbs of torque.
1971 Corvette Key Differences
1971 and 1970 Vettes both had front signal lights with a clear lens which differentiates them from 1972 Corvettes which had an amber lens. '71 and '70 Corvettes are externally virtually the same, but they can be differentiated by the chrome trim strip surrounding the front grill. In 1971, three screws are visible from the front, while in 1970, only one screw is visible.
They can also be told apart by the engine the specifications plaque mounted on the central console. 1970's Corvettes have 10.25 or higher compression ratios, while 1971's have 9.0 or lower compression ratios.
1970 to 1972 Corvettes are almost identical from a styling perspective and share the same egg-crate front grill and side louvers, the same rectangular front signal lights, and the same chrome front and rear bumpers. Only minor differences set them apart.
How to Identify a 1971 Corvette
1971 C3 Chevy Corvette
1971 Corvette Fender Vents
1971 Corvette Grill
1971 Corvette Front Signal
1971 Corvette Air Cleaner
1971 Corvette Console Plaque
1971 Corvette Dash
1971 Corvette Fender Flare
1971 Corvette Seats
1971 Corvette Door Handle
1971 Corvette Removable Roof Panels
1971 Corvette Rear Window
1971 Corvette Front Flags Emblem
1971 Corvette Tail lights
1971 Corvette Standard Hood
1971 Corvette Optional Hood
1971 Corvette 454 Hood Vents
1971 Corvette Fuel Door
1971 Corvette Front Bumper
1971 Corvette Rear Bumper
1971 Corvette Wheel
1971 Corvette Windshield Wiper Flap
1971 Corvette Luggage Rack
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