Sometimes the most impressive hardware accompanying a vehicle for sale isn’t even part of the vehicle itself: It’s the collection of trophies and plaques accumulated throughout the vehicle’s show career.
The Pick of the Day is heavily awarded emerald green 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible listed on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Westminster, Maryland. The photo of the curio cabinet that accompanies the listing conveys a compelling case for the car’s overall condition as a now-50-year-old C3. Shown in the image are four shelves packed with car show trophies of various shapes and sizes.
“The car is in excellent condition,” the listing states. “I am a Vietnam veteran, so not a young kid driving it. The car has been garage-kept.”
The seller describes this Vette as being both cosmetically and mechanically sound, benefitting from a “sparkly” metallic green paint job, a reupholstered tan leather interior, a rebuilt 350cid V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, recent brake work, and an overhauled suspension within the last few years. “I do not burn any oil or leak anything anywhere,” the seller says.
The third-generation Corvette, which later took on the Stingray name, was first sketched in the mid-1960s after a design called the Mako Shark II by Larry Shinoda. The production car debuted in 1968 with a completely new body available in notchback coupe or convertible form. Many of the original concept’s futuristic attributes made their way into production, including hideaway windshield wipers, a near-vertical rear window, and flush-mounted door handles.
This C3 from 1971 is accompanied the cloth retractable top as well as a black hardtop with a stand, the latter of which is upholstered with a tan leather headliner to match the rest of the interior. A photo of the hardtop is included in the image gallery, illustrating inside and out perspectives. Also included in the sale are the car’s original muffler and headers, which were replaced with performance parts.
“People always wave at me when they see it and say, ‘Nice car, man’,” the seller says. “Makes me feel young.”
That’s one curious thing about the collector-car hobby: Well-preserved cars tend to become more attractive and desirable as they age. If only the human race could benefit from the same phenomena.
The seller is asking $29,500 or best offer for this trophy-laden C3 Vette.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.