Corvette Stingray 1967 Plus the L88 Option (’67-’69)
The Corvette Stingray in 1967 was the last of Gen 2 and the most refined of the line. It had a less bulky, more streamlined look than the previous models of the generation. This version carried 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 was the most powerful Corvette ever made but was also the most desirable.
A bargain price for a small-block ’67 would be anything under $40,000 U.S., but you’ll probably have a few repair bills to go along with that. As for any more coveted model, the sky is the limit for price.
Exterior refinements included a single backup light mounted above the license plate, slotted six-inch Rally rims with beauty rings, and the lug nuts were unseen behind a chromed cover.
For the interior, Chevy upgraded the upholstery slightly, but moved the hand brake from under the dash and mounted it between the front buckets. If you ordered the convertible with the removable hardtop, you could also option a black vinyl snap-on cover for the passenger compartment.
The 427-cubic-inch came with solid lifters and tri-power-three, Holley two-barrel carburetors mounted on the intake, delivering 400 bhp, but fuel injection, also offered as an option, put out 435 bhp for the last time until ’82. There were also two V8 small-block 327 engine offerings in ’67, and the basic transmission was a three-speed, but there were several Muncie four-speed options, as well as a variety of gear ratios available for them.
There were 22,940 units produced in ’67, but only 20 of those were sold with the L88 engine code option, which 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. The L88 wasn’t an option for normal street use, partly for weight reduction but also to discourage casual buyers. The buyer had to buy an RPO C48, without a heater, air conditioning, and radio available. Chevrolet mandated that if you ordered an L88, you also had to purchase other optional performance equipment, including the G81 posi-traction rearend and the K61 transistorized ignition system. This high-compression option ran only on 103-octane racing fuel, with a warning sticker advising that on the console.
The L88 steering was an unassisted recirculating ball type with the F41 heavy-duty suspension. The front was double wishbone with triple-link transverse leaf springs in the rear and J56 front/rear disc brakes with power assist. High-performance goodies included were one very large Holley four-barrel, lightweight heads, forged crankshaft, bigger ports, 12.5:1 compression in the firing chamber, hottest camshaft available, with a small diameter flywheel and an extra large aluminum radiator.
Chevrolet rated this engine conservatively at 430 bhp at 4600 rpm, but the true rating was reputed to be closer to 560 or 600 bhp (447.4 kW) at 6400 rpm, and it develops 550 lbs.-ft. (745.7 N-m) of torque at 4000 rpm. This is the most powerful engine ever under a Corvette hood with a top speed of 194 mph (312.2 km/h).