The 1971 Corvette Stingray got here with a number of engine choices that may very well be added to the $5,496 base coupe worth. Complete manufacturing numbers have been fairly skinny in 1971, with a complete of seven,121 convertibles and 14,680 coupes.One of many rarest, and most fascinating choices, is the LS6 454ci, 425hp engine, which added $1,221 to the bottom worth. There have been solely 188 of those uncommon Corvettes made in 1971. I can solely think about worth should have been the problem, as this was a extremely fascinating, excessive horsepower massive block. The LS6 454 was conservatively rated at 425 horsepower, however I wager with the correct tuning and a few bolt on aftermarket elements 550 horsepower wouldn’t be troublesome to realize. Are you able to think about how a lot enjoyable that automobile would have been?I might like to take off the T-Tops and hit the streets with this Saturday night time particular! I’ve at all times liked the massive block Corvettes, as they appear to represent the final word in American sports activities automobiles. Merely say the phrases “big block Corvette” to an automotive fanatic, and watch their eyes gentle up. These automobiles have at all times been coveted amongst collectors and fans. Nevertheless, with right now’s gasoline costs, I can see why this automobile could be much less fascinating as a each day driver, because it virtually undoubtedly boasted excessive single digit or low double digit gasoline mileage rankings. Within the early a part of the 1970s, gasoline was low-cost, in order that was not a problem on the time, and there have been few emissions controls, so this automobile would have been king of the streets.By the mid-70’s, the gasoline crunch and emissions points would squash any additional improvement of most of these automobiles. I ponder if this was solely out there through particular order, or in the event that they have been out there on the dealership tons? I used to be not alive in 1971, so I do not actually know, and can’t discover any knowledge to assist both aspect. I do know that with solely 188 of them made, that is fairly a uncommon and fascinating choice for any Corvette collector.I might like to see one in every of these in particular person, or see images of the construct sheet or knowledge plate. I ponder how most of the extremely uncommon automobiles exist right now, and the way many individuals personal them with out realizing how uncommon they’re? I might like to have one in every of these massive block monster Corvettes!That is all I’ve right now!