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In 1965, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Corvette Engineering Group began developing the new 427 Mark IV engine for use in the Corvette as a full-bore endurance-racing engine, and in 1967 their work came to fruition in the form of the RPO L88. Incorporating a forged and Tufftride-treated steel crank, forged rods, 12.5:1 pistons, aluminum Read More
For many, the 1960s were the golden years of American high-performance automobiles. No car did more to usher in that era than the Chevrolet Corvette. In 1955, it was offered for the first time with a V8 engine. From then on, there was no looking back—the Corvette has helped shoulder the banner for American sporting cars, almost without interruption through to the present day.
In many important ways, 1961 marked the nascence of the Bill Mitchell era in Corvette styling. Read More
Penned by GM stylist Larry Shinoda under Bill Mitchell, the all-new 1963 Corvette Sting Ray introduced the aerodynamic styling and superb engineering that created an instant classic. Underneath that gorgeous new bodywork was a serious sports car, riding on a 4-inch shorter wheelbase than before and equipped with a simple yet effective independent rear suspension courtesy of Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Of the four 327-ci engine options, the L84 360-horsepower variant propelled the Corvette from 0 to 60 mph in under six Read More
The LS6 engine RPO has been offered only once in Corvette history, and for only one model year—1971. With 454 cubic inches, a cast-iron block and aluminum heads, the first LS6 was second only to the full-blown L88 racing engine (offered from 1967 through 1969) in terms of both power and legend.
The original LS6 produced 425 horsepower and was the most powerful engine offered in 1971. Only 188 cars were produced with this power plant, less than 1% of Read More
This is a low-mileage (44,000) 1984 Corvette coupe with a removable hard top. The car is in excellent condition and has never been in an accident. The car has a leather interior, power windows and seats. Automatic transmission, electronic display and Bose speakers. The car has always been garaged and is well cared for. The car runs great and is reliable.
Following an absence of more than a decade, Chevrolet reintroduced the convertible roof option for the 1986 Corvette. This may require some explanation for younger readers, as in the mid-1970s the American car industry thought all convertible cars had one foot in the grave. With the introduction of the 5 mph bumper—and other innovations—federal crash safety standards dealt major blows to car styling, comfort and convenience. Many then believed that convertible cars without any sort of roll-over protection were doomed.
Only three years after its introduction, for 1956 Chevrolet introduced a restyled Corvette that was a significant departure from earlier models. Fast, sleek and extremely clean in appearance, the new body style was more than just a work of art – the now-iconic design lent America’s sports car a much more sporting identity. As a result, the overall excitement surrounding Corvette soon notched into high gear, and the ’56 model outsold previous versions by a margin of nearly three to Read More
A mainstay of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, this Harley J. Earl Corvette is a one-of-a-kind factory special with a singularly historic pedigree. General Motors commissioned the custom-built 1963 Sting Ray under Shop Order 10323 as a gift for the legendary GM designer, who subsequently used it as his personal car. It features the base Corvette 327 cubic-inch, 300-horsepower carbureted V8 engine, a four-speed manual transmission, and finned aluminum knock-off wheels.
Myriad special features that GM created for the car Read More
(Three L88s crossed the block recently, and we asked CM analyst Mark Rudnick to compare and contrast them. – CM.)
Introduced to the press at Riverside International Raceway in late 1982, the long-awaited fourth-generation Corvette was stylish, sophisticated, worldly – and unlike any Corvette ever before.
But the excitement didn’t last. Though the 1984 model racked up the second highest build in Corvette history (thanks to a 1.5-year long run), its 51,547 production soon dropped to 39,729 for 1985 and then to 35,109 for 1986. The 350-cubic-inch, tuned-port-injection engines were just not cutting it, and with the four-cam, 32-valve ZR-1 Read More