Production Numbers: 21,801
Color Combinations: Mulsanne Blue, Bridgehampton Blue, Brands Hatch Green, Steel Cities Gray, Ontario Orange, War Bonnet Yellow, Mille Miglia Red, Nevada Silver, Classic White, Sunflower Yellow
Engine Type: 350 CID / 454 CID, V-8 Overhead valve Cast iron block
Transmission: 4-Speed close-ratio transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic
Additional Stats: Significantly dropped horsepower, installed emission controls.
The 1971 Corvette did not change a lot from its predecessor. The new units were essentially visually identical to the 1970 Corvette, both inside and outside. The exterior retained the already iconic look of the Corvette Stingray line, featuring long soft edges that give the car the futuristic look characterized by the previous decade. However, its modern shape made it feel right at home in the seventies, and each new production year only built on that to keep the line stylish and relevant.
However, the model did mark the first time that air conditioning was installed on the majority of the vehicles (in 53%), and the first time that emission controls were installed in the Corvette line. The horsepower was dropped significantly too in order to satisfy the new General Motors corporate edict that required all engines to be able to run on low-octane unleaded gasoline.
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