2014 SEMA Show: Jimmie Johnson 1971 Corvette

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 7, 2014

The well-known NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson teamed up with Chevrolet in order to personalize a vintage 1972 Corvette. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show and it is powered by a new LT1 crate engine that produces a staggering 460 hp. The crate engine was delivered by Chevrolet Performance and it is offered in wet sump for $11,000, while the dry sump version costs $11,250.

In addition, Chevrolet offers the electronic controller and harness as well as a front-end accessory drive system to support engine integration. According to the press release, some custom fabrication by the Chevrolet team was required to install the engine in the old Corvette.

The engine is bolted to a new Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission offered by Chevrolet Performance for retro-fit installations. The controller/harness kit is priced at $2,250, while the front-end accessory drive kit costs $725.

For improved handling, the C3 Corvette received adjustable coil-overs that replace the front and rear suspension components, while new brakes taken from a C6 Corvette Z06 ensure an exceptional stopping power.

A new hood featuring a custom vent was also installed and is inspired by the current C7 Corvette, while the new 18-inch wheels are inspired by the original 15-inch rally wheels offered by the 1971 Corvette.

The design is completed by the restyled front fender vents, the unique silver-blue exterior color and by the After Midnight dark silver trim accents and Satin Dark Android graphic accents.

The interior was upgraded too and shows original-style bucket seats wrapped in black leather with suede inserts, a three-spoke steering wheel, carbon fiber accents as well as Johnson’s signature on the floor console, door panels and seat backs.

Press Release

Jimmie Johnson 1971 Corvette

NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson collaborated with Chevrolet to personalize a vintage 1971 Corvette with exterior and interior updates, and an all-new Gen V LT1 crate engine.

"This car not only has the look, but the power train is going to make it sound fast and responsive," said Jimmie Johnson. " And it's a 1971 classic."

The LT1 crate engine brings modern technology to resto-mod vehicles, including continuously variable valve timing and direct injection. It's rated at 460 horsepower.

The crate engine from Chevrolet Performance is offered in wet sump (part number 19328728) or dry sump (part number 19329997) versions. Chevrolet also offers the electronic controller and harness (part number 19303137) and a front-end accessory drive system (part number 19329990), to support engine integration. Some custom fabrication by the Chevrolet build team was required to install it in the classic "C3" Corvette. It's matched with a new Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission also offered by Chevrolet Performance for retro-fit installations.

The LT1 crate engine is available now with a suggested retail price of $11,000 for the wet sump version and $11,250 for the dry sump.

The controller/harness kit lists for $2,250 and the front-end accessory drive kit is priced at $725. They will be available in January 2015.

Johnson's resto-mod Corvette also has an updated chassis, with adjustable coil-overs replacing the original front and rear suspension components, for more precise handling. The track-proven brakes from a C6 Corvette Z06 have also been adapted to the car, giving it exceptional stopping power.

Along with the all-new powertrain, the classic Corvette features a custom hood vent inspired by the current Stingray, along with restyled front fender vents and 18-inch wheels that emulate the design of the 15-inch rally wheels originally offered in 1971.

Johnson selected a unique silver-blue exterior color, with After Midnight dark silver trim accents and Satin Dark Android graphic accents.

Inside, Johnson selected original-style bucket seats trimmed in black leather with suede inserts. He also selected a suede-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel, as well as carbon fiber accents. Johnson's signature is also featured on the floor console, door panels and seat backs.

"Jimmie Johnson is an enthusiast who has restored several classic Chevrolets and he knew exactly what he wanted – classic design supported by modern performance," said Campbell.

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