C3 Chevrolet Corvette: Legend of the LS7 Engine
The C3 Chevrolet Corvette saw a number of different and interesting editions from 1968-82. One that was planned but never production-built was the 1971 LS7. This Chevy Corvette would have been one of the most powerful ever made, constructed around a LS7 454 cubic-inch engine measured at an impressive 465 hp (or 437 kW).
The rare ZL1 C3 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray came with the ZL1 engine. This engine was a 427-cubic inch (7 L) all-aluminum big block V-8 that supposedly put out approximately 550 hp. Only a few C3 Chevy Corvettes were actually shipped with this engine. However, many racers were later upgraded to the ZL1. The reason […] More »
Although General Motors supported the ban on racing proposed by the American Automobile Association (the result of a 1955 crash in France that killed 77 people), Zora Duntov and his Chevrolet Corvette designers thought Vette owners would still compete. Therefore, in 1963 his team developed a special performance package aimed at “certain” Chevy V8 racers.
The Chevrolet Corvette celebrated its Silver Anniversary in 1978; to celebrate, General Motors and Chevy introduced two special 25th Anniversary Edition C3 Vettes.
There are many reasons the L-88 C3 Chevrolet Corvette is often called the baddest and biggest of the Vettes. Originally, the L-88 was offered as an option in the 1967 through 1969 C2 and C3 models. But Chevy did so almost secretly. Why? Because the L-88, developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov with help from Don Yenko […] More »