Car: Chevrolet Corvette LS-5 454 Big Block Coupe
What makes it special:The 1971 Chevrolet Corvette is one of the least changed from the previous year. This was the aftermath of the labor problems during '69 and '70. The biggest changes are in the motor to reduce the octane requirements from previous years as mandated by GM.
What made it famous: In 1971, the Corvette became a more balanced but tamer performer as the Seventies wore on and Chevrolet engineers came to grips with the flurry of federal regulations. Due to a decrease in compression ratios for 1971, this also applied to the 454 V8's. The LS5's 454 cu in V8 produced 365 hp,accounting for a quarter of the cars produced that year. This was also the last year for the M-22 "Rock Crusher" heavy duty transmission. It was named the "Rock Crusher" because of the sounds it made when shifting.
Why I would want one: Anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a Corvette has always wanted the top-of-the-line, and a Corvette equipped with a Big-Block 454 V8 certainly fulfills that dream. It's the ultimate "Macho '70's machine."
Fun fact: Many have described the Chevrolet Corvette as "romantic." What really makes the car romantic is that it's built for two. There are no kids or other relatives in the back seat, because there is no back seat. It's just two people taking a road trip, whether it's to the other side of town, or to the other side of the country.
( 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LS-5 454 V8 photo from barrett-jackson.com )