This 1971 Corvette convertible, serial number 07266, was sold new at Roger Penske Chevrolet in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, to Pete Klanias of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. One of 1,177 finished in bright Sunflower Yellow, it is fitted with a Black soft top and custom interior incorporating leather seats, wood grain-trimmed and carpeted door panels, cut pile carpeting and wood-grain console accents. The Corvette’s base 350/270 HP small-block V-8 was a popular choice with buyers, who selected it for more than two thirds of the total production of 21,801 cars. Here it was mated to a Muncie 4-speed and Positraction differential. Power steering and brakes were also specified, along with Soft Ray-tinted glass, power windows, a tilt-telescopic steering column and AM/FM radio. Mr. Klanias kept his pride and joy until 2005, when it was acquired by Ed Foss Collection. At 3,593 original miles, the car’s every detail showcases the factory finishes and standards of the day, from the paint and brightwork and various surface finishes in the engine compartment and undercarriage to the extra adhesive found in the door jambs. Documented with the original tank sticker, window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, retail order form, loan agreement, payment receipt, owner’s card and temporary registration, this impressive specimen has earned the hobby’s top accolades. Soon after its acquisition by Ed Foss in 2005 it earned Bloomington Gold, Survivor and Benchmark Certification, an NCRS Regional Top Flight Award followed by the Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown.
As well demonstrated by a number of the fine Corvettes being offered from the exclusive Ed Foss Collection, it is reasonable to infer that dedicated long-term ownership can often be a factor in preserving a car to prize-winning standards; that is certainly the case of this attention-grabbing 1971 small-block convertible.
After a troubling 1968 rollout characterized by poor press reviews and widely publicized quality control issues, by 1971 Corvette’s image had regained its former luster. Chief engineer Duntov was back in charge after briefly being put to pasture and the DeLorean regime was firmly entrenched after the successful turnaround. Sales once again surpassed the 20,000 mark, and while horsepower figures were reduced across the board, the motoring press touted Corvettes in either small- or big-block form as balanced performers. In fact this period could be considered the beginning of Corvette’s transformation from blistering performer to well-appointed grand tourer. Power steering and brakes, air conditioning and the new Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission were increasingly popular amenities. Coupe sales were once again firmly in the lead, due mostly to the T-top’s all-weather flexibility. One feature Corvette shared with other GM model lines was a great color palette. The 1971 colors emphasized a racing theme, including such names as Mille Miglia Red, Bridgehampton Blue, Mulsanne Blue and Brands Hatch Green.
– Unrestored with 3,593 original miles – Documented with the original tank sticker, window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, retail order form, loan agreement, payment receipt, owner’s card and temporary registration – Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold Certified in 2005 – Regional NCRS Top Flight Award in 2010 scoring 98.8 – Chevy VetteFest Triple Crown in 2005 – 350/270 HP V-8 engine, 4-speed – Power steering, brakes and windows – Tilt/telescopic column, AM/FM radio – Sunflower Yellow with Black leather interior and soft top – Two owners since new – Sold new at Roger Penske Chevrolet in Emmaus, PA – The original owner kept the car until 2005 – Part of the Ed Foss Collection since 2005