LESS THAN 1K FRAME-OFF BUILD, 454 V8, 700R4, 4-WHEEL DISC, R134A A/C, PS, PB, PT
Here's the bottom line on this 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible: it's amazing. With a thundering 454 under the hood, a gorgeous Tuxedo Black paint job, and a restored red interior, it's a great all-around performer that will fit right in on the show field, too. With so many garden-variety Chevelles out there, it's really refreshing to see one that is just a little outside the ordinary.
There are a lot of guys who think the '71 Chevelle is the best looking of the bunch, myself included. Add in the beautifully applied black paint that's bereft of any stripes, and you have a car that won't be overlooked despite its relatively subtle combination. The bodywork looks really clean on this one, and the unadorned flanks are straight and free of ripples and blemishes, which is a tribute to both the workmanship and the fact that these are all the car's original panels. A functional cowl induction hood with pins makes it a little aggressive, but nothing outside the factory specifications has been done, so it's very much the way Chevy might have built it in 1971. Chrome is nicely done, and the blacked-out SS grille gives it a monochromatic look, and aside from the red pinstripes along the sides, they just let the clean shape do most of the talking. This is a gorgeous car!
The red bucket seat interior is almost entirely new, and there's no better combination if you want to look elegant yet sporty. Showing virtually no wear and exceptional workmanship, this fabulous interior is a great place to spend your weekends. The center console features what might be the coolest shifter ever devised by the guys at GM, and the original gauge cluster is full of restored dials, including a factory tach. A/C is an unusual addition but thanks to modern hardware working behind the scenes, you can't argue with how effective it is. A powerful AM/FM stereo lives in the dash and fits like it was born there, and stock carpets, door panels, and dash pad round out an interior you'll be proud to call your own. There's a new black power convertible top with matching red boot and the trunk is cleanly detailed and ready to hit the road.
Power comes from a 454 cubic inch V8 that was rebuilt to stock specs 729 miles ago. Everything under the hood is as OEM as possible, giving it a factory look, although the black air cleaner inside the cowl induction housing is a modern twist and there's a Sanden A/C compressor up front. There are a few dress-up items like the bright chrome valve covers and water neck, but the intent was to let the hardware do all the talking; that means a 750 cfm 4-barrel carb, aluminum intake manifold, and a rumbling dual exhaust system. The transmission is a 700R4 4-speed automatic with a deep overdrive for easy long distance cruising, even with the 3.73 gears on a Posi in the 12-bolt rear. The chassis is very nicely finished and almost all new, which means you can drive this one without worries, because it's totally sorted. Power front disc brakes provide confident stopping power, heavy duty sway bars help in the handling department. Rounding out this handsome A-body is a set of chrome wheels wearing low-profile rubber that gives it a predatory stance.
This car is every bit as cool as it seems and the workmanship throughout is top quality. With overdrive and plenty of horsepower, it's a fabulous long-distance cruiser and you can proudly display the spectacular paint and interior anywhere you go. Call today!
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- 454 V8
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- 729 (Since Built)
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- Center Console