I purchased my Corvette in February 1996, when I was 29 and had no kids. I kind of suspected a kid might be immenent and thought it best to acquire this toy before the kid. The car came from the factory with an L48 (base engine) 270 hp V8 and a 4-speed Muncie transmission.
The person who originally purchased the car was a cheap bastard because it came without power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, and Apple Play. That last item may not have been available in 1971, but doesn’t disprove my statement that they were trying to save a few bucks.
The Corvette had the original numbers matching engine when I found it. It had been rebuillt about 15,000 miles before my purchase. Over the years, I made numerous modifications to the engine, including an MSD tach drive distributor, MSD 6A ignition, Edelbrock Performer intake, Dewitts radiator and L98 aluminum heads. Several years ago, I started building a different 350 block for the car, in order to preserve the orginal small block. This build was completed in summer 2015 and the car is back on the road after a four year absence. Other projects completed while the engine was out include new carpet and insulation, Borgeson power steering and Vintage Air air conditioning.
Here’s a shot of the new engine.