As part of the ongoing development of the Corvette; for 1965, Chevrolet added the big-block “Mark IV” engine to the Corvette options list, a 396 cubic inch version rated at 425-hp. For 1966, the big-block became a 427, offered in two stages of tune: 390- or 425-hp. With the 427 came the new “power bulge” hood. Big-block cars had stiffer suspension, a heavy-duty clutch and a better cooling system. Acceleration was phenomenal: zero-to-sixty in less than five seconds.
In 1967, the year of this beautiful car, there were four versions of the 427 available in Corvettes. The “entry level” big-block was option L36, a single four-barrel edition making 390-hp. The L68 had three two-barrel carburetors and developed 400-hp, and is the powerplant in this car. Option L71 also had Tri-power, but with four-bolt main bearings, big-valve heads and a hot cam for 435-hp. At the top of the class was the famed L88, with aluminum heads, a Holley four-barrel and solid lifters and was well-known as a competition special with neither radio nor heater with only 20 were built.
This car has the L68 Tri-power engine with a four-speed manual transmission – the drivetrain is reported as correct for the car. Desirably equipped with factory air conditioning, it also has headrests, side exhaust, tinted glass, AM/FM radio, telescopic steering wheel, bolt-on aluminum wheels, whitewall tires; power steering and four-wheel disc brakes. In 1967 Chevrolet built 22,940 Corvettes; 8,504 coupes and 14,436 convertibles. Of this number; it is reported that 2,101 left the factory with the coveted L68 Tri-power V-8 engine.
Finished in Rally Red with a black hood stinger and black leather interior, this exceptional car will be offered on sale at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring Sale on Saturday, May 9, 2015. It is estimated to bring $125,000 – $145,000.