“When sports car enthusiasts talk about Corvette, certain words, like “individual,” crop up often.” 1967 Corvette sales brochure
- 1967 would mark the last of the second-generation Corvettes.
- New versions of the 427 CID V8 featured three 2-barrel carburetors.
- An extremely rare 427 V8 would be included in a handful of cars that were by far the fastest of the second-generation Corvettes (even if horsepower ratings would not reflect this performance).
The final highlight refers to the engine option known as the L88, which used aluminum cylinder heads and 12.5 to 1 compression ratio to put out more performance than any of the other original Sting Ray Corvettes. Though officially the engine was rated at 430 horsepower, experts today estimate the actual output to be somewhere in the 500-600 range. However, only around 20 were built, likely due to it’s price tag that added almost $1,000 to the base price, as well as its lack of heater and radio. It’s easy to see why 1967 models with this engine are some of the most desirables Corvettes ever made.
But the rest of the 1967 Corvette line was also one of the best Corvette years ever produced, and it wasn’t even supposed to happen at all. Reportedly, a complete redesign was prepared for 1967, but was pushed back a year because the new design wasn’t as aerodynamic as chief Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov desired.
Instead, quite a few modifications to the visual look and performance of the 1967 models cause many critics to deem the 1967 model the best of the second-generation Corvettes. The major modifications to the engine was the 427 V8s switch to the three 2-barrel carburetors, which increased horsepower to 400 and 435 depending on which version was chosen (the latter was up from the previous year’s rating of 425). Like the L88, these numbers are often seen as understatements. There was an additional 427 rated at 390 horsepower. Base models came with a 300 horsepower 327 CID V8.
Though styling changes were minimal, the revisions followed the trend of slightly refining the second-generation Corvette to make it look cleaner and sleeker. Five small front fender vents took the place of the previous larger three, and for the first time a single backup light above the license plate was used. New wheel covers also were included with the new models.
Despite all of the improvements, year-to-year sales of the car fell for the first time in nearly a decade. Total production was 22,940, which represented a 17.24 percent drop from the year before. This largely attributed to anticipation for the coming redesign. And when that redesign hit dealerships, production would once again be rising.
1967 2-Door Corvette Coupe
Total production of the coupe model was down 14.6 percent to 8,504, which was less of a drop than the convertible. The base price of the car rose very slightly to $4,353.
1967 2-Door Corvette Convertible
Production of convertible models was down 18.73 percent to 14,436. The base price for this model also stayed just about the same as it had been the year before at $4,141.
Comparison to the 1966 and 1968 Corvette Models
Changes made from 1966 to 1967 were largely predictable by that point for Corvette: slight power increases and slight styling refinements. But with the coming of the third generation cars, this would change the following year.
Performance options, however, would largely carryover between 1967 and 1968. But styling was a different story entirely. The new body style took obvious cues from its predecessor, as Corvette continues to do today, but the new style was nonetheless all its own. And that power would be getting a makeover in the next few years, as well.
|L79||327ci||1x4bbl||350 hp @ 5800 rpm||360 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm|
|Base||327ci||1x4bbl||300 hp @ 5000 rpm||360 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm|
|L71||427ci||3x2bbl||435 hp @ 5800 rpm||460 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm|
|L89||427ci||3x2bbl||435 hp @ 5800 rpm||460 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm|
|L72||427ci||1x4bbl||425 hp @ 5600 rpm||460 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm|
|L68||427ci||3x2bbl||400 hp @ 5400 rpm||460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm|
|L36||427ci||1x4bbl||390 hp @ 5400 rpm||460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm|
|0 to 60 mph||Quarter Mile||Engine||Source|
|n/a||13.9 sec @ 106.3 mph||427ci/435hp||PopularHot Rod|
|5.6 sec||13.8 sec @ 110.5 mph||427ci/435hp||Motor Trend 4/97|
|7.8 sec||16.0 sec @ 86.5 mph||327ci/300hp||Car & Driver|
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