The C3 Corvette LT-1 has become synonymous with the idea of a high-output small-block V8, and it carried the added bonus of an almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
First appearing in 1970, the LT-1 offered 370-horsepower and 380 ft-lb of torque in a solid-lifter 350-ci small-block, along with an 11:1 compression ratio and a 0–100 mph time of 13.5 seconds. The LT-1 was a Corvette for buyers who wanted a bit more oomph.
The 1971 models are among the least-changed Corvettes, as a labor dispute in May 1969 caused production to run long and shorten 1970 production by four months. GM continued the model into 1971 with almost all of the corporate resources directed toward a reduction in horsepower. The result was an LT-1 with 330 hp, 360 ft-lb of torque, and a 9:1 compression ratio.
Even so, the 1971 LT-1 was tested by Car & Driver at six seconds from 0–60 mph, and from 0–100 mph in 14.5 seconds. The quarter mile took 14.57 seconds at 100.55 mph and top speed was measured at 137 mph.
This beautiful Corvette coupe with matching numbers features the 350-ci/330-hp LT-1 engine with the mandatory options of a 4-speed manual transmission and Holley carburetor. Other options include power steering, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, and RWL tires. The car is one of 2,465 Mulsanne Blue Corvettes and is fitted with black vinyl interior, which is stunning. It is one of 1,949 LT-1s built in 1971 and probably one of just a handful with power steering.
Rare and very collectible, this 1971 LT-1 Corvette was treated to what appeared to be a professional, frame-up restoration completed in 2007 to the original factory build specifications.
Overall, this is a very desirable car that looks great and we shall assume runs and drives accordingly.