1967 Corvette Sting Ray plus the L88 option

Corvette Sting Ray in 1967 is the last and most refined of the line and has  a less bulky, more streamlined look than the previous models of the second generation.  This version carries a unique set of five small louvers on each front fender instead of three with the big block bulge in the hood now a scoop for ‘67. This car not only is it the most powerful Corvette ever made but is the most desirable as well. A bargain price for a small block ’67 would be anything under $40,000.00 U.S. but you will probably have a few repair bills to go along with that; as for a more coveted model, the sky is the limit. Other exterior refinements include a single back-up light mounted above the license plate, slotted six inch Rally rims with beauty rings, and the lug nuts are unseen, behind a chromed cover.

For the interior the upholstery is upgraded slightly but the hand brake has been moved from under the dash and is now mounted between the front buckets. If you ordered the convertible with the removable hard top you could also option a black vinyl snap-on cover for the passenger compartment.

The 427 cu in comes with solid lifters and Tri-power-three Holly two barrel carburetors mounted on the intake  and will deliver 400 bhp  but fuel injection also offered as an option which puts out 435 bhp for the last time until ’82. There were also two V8 small block  327 engine offers in ’67 and the basic transmission is a three speed but there are several Muncie four speed options as well as a variety of gear ratios available for them.

 There are 22,940 units produced in ’67 but only 20 of those were sold with the L88 engine code option which is bolted to the Muncie M-22 “rock crusher” four speed manual transmission. The Sunray DX L88 was the hands down winner of 12 hours of Sebring in ’67. This is not an option for normal street use and partly for weight reduction but also to discourage casual buyers it must be purchased as an “RPO C48”-minus a heater, no air conditioning, and without a radio available. Chevrolet mandated that if you ordered an L88 that you also purchase other optional performance equipment including the G81 posi-traction rear end, and the K61 transistorized ignition system, as well, this high compression option only runs on 103-octane racing fuel-with a warning sticker advising that on the console.

 The L88 steering is unassisted recirculating ball type; with the F41 heavy duty suspension-the front is double wishbone with Triple-link Transverse leafs springs to the rear, and J56 front/rear disk brakes with power assist. High performance goodies included are one very large Holly four barrel, light weight heads, forged crank shaft, bigger ports, 12.5:1 compression in the firing chamber, hottest camshaft available, with a small diameter fly-wheel and an extra large aluminum radiator. Chevrolet rated this engine conservatively at 430 bhp at 4,600 rpm but the true rating is reputed to be closer to 560 or 600 bhp (447.4 kW) at 6,400 rpm and it develops 550 ft-lb (745.7 N-m) of torque at 4,000 rpm. This is the most powerful engine ever under a Corvette hood with a top speed of 194 mph (312.2 km/h).

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