LS5 454/365HP TH400 * * * NUMBERS MATCHING * * *

  • Location: Greenwood, Indiana, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Corvette
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Coupe
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 105100
  • VIN: 194371S116184
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: 454
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clean

1971 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Description

This investment quality 1971 Chevrolet Corvette retains its numbers matching CPJ Code Cast Iron Head 454/365hp engine and original TH400 transmission.Factory options include Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column, AM/FM Pushbutton Radio, Power Steering, Power Brakes, T-Tops, Luggage Rack, Removable Back Window, Custom Should Belts and Deluxe Black Leather Interior.

This Corvette was my Dad's car for the past 36 years and he only put 1,100 miles on it in that time. Since he got it in 1984, I can remember him doing the following to it.

- Painted it white (Correct color is Steel Cities Gray).

- Replaced the incorrect chrome side pipes with nicer incorrect side pipes.

- Replaced the aluminum slotted wheels with the correct 8" ralley wheels (~25 years ago).

- Replaced the odometer, due to the odometer not working (I still have the original part with 105,100 miles on it)

This is a number’s matching C3 dream Corvette for someone wanting an all original 1971 big block. This car was my fathers and has been in storage (in a garage) and hasn't been licensed since 1999. It does start right up and the transmission shifts as it should. It took me a few weeks to get it started after setting but it did need points/condenser and a fuel pump. I've also changed the oil and filter, new plugs and wires and rebuilt the carb. I have restored a number’s matching 1971 Z/28 and a 1971 Chevelle and I know how important the "numbers" are to some folks. This car will impress those kinds of people. My sister and I are not into restoring this car and will sell when the reserve is met.

There will be some parts that will go with the car and they are listed below.

1) Original Delco 293 BR coil (original to this car).

2) Used original rocker trim for changing the exhaust back to the correct rear exit location.

3) NEW rear exhaust trim and tips (see pictures) I do not know if they are NOS or not, but very nice pieces.

4) Original fuel pump AC fuel pump. Does not work as I just replaced it, but a cool original AC big block fuel pump to show the new owner.

5) The original odometer cluster. It did not work correctly, and he replaced it with a used correct one that has ~ 93K miles on it.

I have listed some additional information on the car below.

VIN - 194371S116184

-1 - Chevrolet

-9 - Corvette

-4 - V8

-37 - Corvette Coupe

-1 - 1971

-S - Assembly Plant - St. Louis, Missouri

-116184 - Plant Sequence Number


-J - May 1971

-03 - 3RDday of May.

-TRIM 403 - Interior Color (Black Deluxe Leather)

-PAINT 988 - Exterior Color (Steel Cities Gray) Only 1,591 in 1971


-Stamp - T0423CPJ - C11S116184

- T - Tonawanda, NY

- 0423 - April 23rd.

- CPJ - 454/ 365HP A/T

-Casting Number - 3963512

-Casting Date Code - D 7 71


- LH - Casting Number - 3993820

- Casting Date - L 21 70

- RH - Casting Number - 3993820

- Casting Date - D 19 71


-Casting Number - 3955287

- Casting Date Code - C 18 71


-Stamp - 7041204 FC - - 0681 (68thday of 1971)

- 70 - 1966 through 1975

- 4 - 1970 through 1975

- 1 - 1971

- 2 - four-barrel Qjet

- 0 - Chevrolet

- 4 - Automatic


-Driver side VIN - C11S116184

I am very certain the rear axle and distributor is also original to this car. I cannot find the distributor number and the rear axle is very faint to read. After driving the car over the weekend, I’d guess it to be the 3:08 gear. The bottom of the car looks good. There seems to have been an engine or transmission oil leak and the bottom of the car is pretty oily. Obviously, there is some surface rust on the bottom that would clean up very nicely after sandblasting the frame. The interior is very nice for its age and both seats are very nice. The paint is driver quality. It has a few chips and some cracks around the headlights which I think is somewhat normal for these cars. I know over the years, my Dad replaced the front control arm bushings and ball joints, but I do not know if he ever had it aligned as it wondered some driving it over the weekend. The headers leak bad and need replaced, they are awful.


Notice to bidders, this vehicle is being advertised locally. I reserve the right to end the auction early. Please note that all sales are binding and final. Car is sold as is, where is. No warranties. Please carefully read the terms and conditions of the sale before bidding. Transportation is the buyer’s responsibility; I will not ship. A $1,000.00 deposit is required within 24 hours. All funds must clear the bank prior to picking up of vehicle. I highly suggest anyone that is VERY interested to come and look/inspect the car. I can pick someone up at the Indianapolis international airport (IND) and take them to view the car if need be. The car is currently stored in Cloverdale, IN.

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