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Old 05-04-2019, 08:27 AM
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hey guys, a buddy of mine found what sounds like a one owner 71 LT1 roadster that is going to be for sale. the original owner died and left the car too a family member and he is selling it. he is not a car person and couldnt give two shakes for this car, he just wants cash! my question is:
what is the production on a LT1 roadster?
how many ontario orange cars?
base value roughly?
i tried too get this info in a google search with no luck..give me your thoughts guys....thanks troy
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hey guys, a buddy of mine found what sounds like a one owner 71 LT1 roadster that is going to be for sale. the original owner died and left the car too a family member and he is selling it. he is not a car person and couldnt give two shakes for this car, he just wants cash! my question is:
what is the production on a LT1 roadster?
how many ontario orange cars?
base value roughly?
i tried too get this info in a google search with no luck..give me your thoughts guys....thanks troy
7,121 1971 Convertibles were built.
Convertible base price new was $5,259, $483 for LT1, plus other options.
Out of 14,680 Coupes and 7,121 Convertibles, 2,269 were Ontario Orange.

If you are looking for current value, more information is needed along with lots of photos.

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Old 05-04-2019, 09:52 AM
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Value could be from 0$ for a clapped out rust bucket to 40,000+ for a real nice LT1 roadster. To many variables as said above .
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i get that....i am hoping too have pics today.. what was the production amount for a LT1 roadster? i would think that may be a low number? thanks troy
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i get that....i am hoping too have pics today.. what was the production amount for a LT1 roadster? i would think that may be a low number? thanks troy
This is only a rough guess, but if there were 14,680 Coupes and 7,121 Convertibles built in 1971 and a total of 1,949 were LT1's, then there were approximately 650 1971 Convertible LT1's built. But in my opinion, there were probably fewer Convertible LT1's due to Coupes being more popular during that time period.
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Option total numbers are published but no combination of options data exists so a guess is the best anyone can get.
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if you like to do math or just for fun look at the 1971 c3 registry. only 11.5 % of the cars made are registered but you can get a general idea of how many convertbles were base, 330 or big blocks. there is a only a few orange 330 verts on the registry. maybe 90% aren't registered?i know where there is a red 71 lt1 vert sitting in a garage close to me that I would like to own!
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well here it is! One owner 1971 LT1 original motor leather interior still pretty much in tact frames good birdcage looks good I will get more pictures
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After seeing those pics, I'd pass.
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well here it is! One owner 1971 LT1 original motor leather interior still pretty much in tact frames good birdcage looks good I will get more pictures
I'll take it!
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very desirable car but what looks to be a lot of work so it would have to be at the right price. I'm on the fence with the colour, I have recently bought a 71 LT-1 that is now yellow and was Ontario Orange. The painter I plan on using is doing some spray-outs for me to see to decide whether to change it back.
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If the rust is not bad it is a good project. You probably cant make any extra money on it fully restored but it is much better than most projects I have seen. Make it run and give it a bath for a fast flip if you want to try making a profit.

I would probably rebuild it myself and enjoy it for a long time. Love the color when painted properly.
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A diamond in the rough, in my humble opinion. Please post more pictures, closer in on the engine bay, interior as well.
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OMG, outside in the Northeast (judging by trees/leaves, etc). I'd be scared it was total rust underneath. Huge project. But... Look at this:





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under a tarp outside for how long? frame and birdcage have just gotta be toast.....
if no rust and original owner and original engine, jump on it.
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NFW the frame and birdcage are good on that car.
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I cannot even see the window frame being at all solid.. pine needles are acidic as hell...
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That car is a twin to a Corvette that I bought new from Reedman Chevrolet in Langhorne Pa. the window sticker was from Ramp Chevroler in Long Island N.Y. . I had the same wheels, American Racing 200 S, mine had the hard top, no luggage rack. My VIN. # was 194671S101719, I sold it to a guy that lived in Rockland County N.Y. Richard Kiely, not the actor, he was a builder/contractor, he claimed it was for his wife, it must have been in 1973 that I sold it, It had a lakewood scattershield, an NHRA sticker om the back glass of the hard top and an amber reverse light (from my '69 4 speed Plymouth Road Runner) on the dashboard to the right of the steering column. I had to change the clutch out because I had put a Scheiffer or maybe a Hays clutch disc & pressure plate in it after the clutch pedal hung to the floor one night during a street race against my buddies '65 327/365 Coupe that he claimed was fast, it was but not fast enough, beat him by 3 cars even after blowing my clutch,,,,, AHHHHH DUMB YOUTH,,, I was 24 and probably shoulda known better. The guy I sold it to claimed his wife wouldnt be able to drive it with such a stiff clutch pedal, I also had '69 side exhaust on it that had to be swapped out because he thought it was too loud for her. Mine had the standard Black vinyl interior. Surprisingly the car ran 13.2s &3s @ 125 MPH on street tires at New York National Speedway out on Long Island. Whats the vin. on the car pictured ? Peace,,,, moosie P.S. I forgot to mention that I got rear ended at a traffic light by two chicks busy BS ing in a '71 Barracuda, split the seams on both 1/4s caved in the rear end panel, both bumpers survived with out a scratch. cracked the drivers side floor pan from me bracing my self for the collision and holding the brake pedal down, I was the second car back at the light, also knocked the hard top loose from the header latches.

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