1967 Chevrolet Corvette
8-cyl. 427cid/435hp 3x2bbl L89
With an experienced team and a lot of data.
The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette would be the last of the C2 or “mid-year” generation of America’s sports car. The C3, developed from Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark concept, arrived for 1968. Sales dropped to 22,940 for 1967 (14,436 convertibles and 8,504 coupes), although today many people view the 1967 model as the most desirable.
Again, the 327 cid 300 bhp V-8 was the base engine, with the L79 350 bhp small-block V-8 also attracting 6375 buyers. There were four big-block V8s, all displacing 427 cubic inches. Rated outputs were 390 bhp (L36), 400 bhp (L68), and 435 bhp (L71). The L71 added three two-barrel carburetors. In addition, there was a fire-breathing L88 package that offered essentially race engine specs and performance. GM vastly underrated the L88 with a claimed 430 bhp, and never actively advertised the package. Only 20 L88s were built for 1967, and are among the most highly prized Corvettes of all.
Centerlock alloy wheels were now just bolt-on for 1967, with non-eared center caps, under the guise of safety regulations. Sales dropped to 720 sets at $263.30 each. Rally wheels were standard equipment. Only two buyers opted for the 36-gallon “big tank” for the coupes. Side exhausts were slightly more popular this year, with 4209 sold. Red line tires were now optional.
Available colors for the 1967 Corvette changed slightly but still totaled 10. They included Goodwood Green, Marina Blue, Marlboro Maroon, Rally Red, Sunfire Yellow, Silver Pearl, Ermine White, Lindale Blue, Elkhart Blue, Tuxedo Black. Soft top colors were white, black or teal blue and seven interior colors were offered, with leather available for $79 extra.