1967 Corvette


1967 Corvette
Front-fender "gills," single backup lamp above the license plate, and central handbrake identified the last-of-the-line 1967 Corvette Sting Ray.

Though it was meant to be a redesign, the 1967 Corvette turned out to be another carryover Sting Ray, because its intended successor was found to have some undesirable aerodynamic traits. Duntov demanded more time in the wind tunnel to devise fixes before it went into production.

Still, the 1967 Corvette was a Sting Ray refined to the limit -- the very best of the five-year run and quite possibly the best Corvette ever. It was certainly the cleanest Sting Ray ever, though changes were again modest. Five smaller front fender vents replaced the three larger ones, and flat-finish rockers sans ribbing conferred a lower, less chunky appearance. New, and thus unique, was a single backup light, mounted above the license plate. The previous models' old-fashioned wheel covers gave way to slotted six-inch Rally wheels with chrome beauty rings and lug nuts concealed behind small chrome caps. Interior alterations were likewise modest and included revised upholstery, and the handbrake moved from beneath the dash to between the seats. The convertible's optional hardtop was now dubiously offered with a black vinyl cover, which was a fad among all cars at the time.

Powertrains changed hardly at all. The two small-block V-8s returned, as did the 390-bhp big-block (hulking beneath a redesigned hood scoop). But the top two 427s now developed 400 and 435 bhp with a switch to triple two-barrel carburetors. As before, they differed in compression ratios -- 10.25:1 and 11.0:1, respectively -- and the solid lifters and transistorized ignition that went on the 425-bhp unit. The latter, RPO L71, was also available with special aluminum heads (instead of cast iron) and larger-diameter exhaust valves as RPO L89, though with the same grossly understated horsepower.

1967 Corvette
Very little was changed in the powerful 1967 Corvette engine.
The ultimate Corvette engine for '67 was coded L88, which was an even wilder L89 that was as close to a pure racing engine as Chevy had ever offered in regular production. Besides the lightweight heads and bigger ports, it came with an even hotter cam, aluminum radiator, small-diameter flywheel, stratospheric 12.5:1 compression, and a single huge Holley four-barrel carburetor. The result was no less than 560 bhp, again at 6400 rpm. Only one problem: You had to use 103-octane racing fuel, which was available only at select service stations. Clearly this was not an engine for the casual motorist. When the L88 was ordered, Chevy made several individual options mandatory, including Positraction, the transistorized ignition, heavy-duty suspension, and power brakes, as well as RPO C48, which deleted the normal radio and heater to cut down on weight and discourage the car's use on the street. As costly as it was powerful -- at an additional $1,500 over the base $4,240.75 price -- the L88 engine and required options were sold to a mere 20 power-hungry buyers that year. 

With potential buyers anticipating the car's overdue redesign, sales for the Sting Ray's final year totaled 22,940, down over 5,000 units from 1966 results. Meanwhile, Chevrolet readied its third-generation Corvette for the 1968 model year. While the new model would hit the streets for the first time in five years without the Sting Ray designation, it would nonetheless retain a marine-based appellation, albeit as a nickname. Soon the "Shark" would emerge to prowl the turbulent waters that were churning in late-1960's America.

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1967 Corvette Specifications

The 1967 Corvette Sting Ray was the last Corvette of its generation, and five years of refinements made it the best of the line. Here are the specifications for the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray:

1967 Corvette
Sales for 1967, the Sting Ray's final year, were down over 5,000 units in anticipation of a redesign.

Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Coupe
Wheelbase, inches
98.0
98.0
Length, inches
175.1
175.1
Width, inches
69.6
69.6
Track, inches
front: 56.3 rear: 57.0
front: 56.3 rear: 57.0
Height, inches
49.8
49.8
Curb weight, pounds
3,360
3,360

Mechanical Specifications (2-door convertible/coupe)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, antiroll bar, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers
rear: Fixed differential, U-jointed half shafts, lateral struts, radius rods, transverse leaf spring, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, antiroll bar w/big block engines

Wheels/Tires
7.75x15

Brakes
front: 11-inch disc
rear: 11-inch disc

Transmission
3-speed manual (std)
4-speed manual (opt)
2-speed Powerglide (opt)

Standard axle ratio
3.55:1

Engine Specifications

Typeohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch
5.35/327
5.35/327
7.0/427
7.0/427
7.0/427
7.0/427
Bore × stroke, inches
4.00 x 3.25 4.00 x 3.25 4.25 x 3.76 4.25 x 3.76 4.25 x 3.76 4.25 x 3.76
Fuel Management
1 x 4-bbl.
1 x 4-bbl. 1 x 4-bbl. 3 x 2-bbl.3 x 2-bbl. 1 x 4-bbl.
Horsepower @ rpm
300 @ 5,000 350 @ 5,800 390 @ 5,400 400 @ 5,400 435 @ 5,800 430 @ 5,200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot
360 @ 3,200 360 @ 3,600 460 @ 3,600 460 @ 3,600 460 @ 4,000 450 @ 4,400

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
300 hp, 4-sp man.
0-60 mph, sec
7.8
0-100 mph, sec
23.1
1/4-mile, sec @ mph
16.0 @ 87

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
14,436
$4,240.75
2-door coupe
8,5044,388.75

Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
Leather Seats
1,601
$79.00
Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all
11,331
15.80
Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield
6,558
10.55
Power Windows 4,036
57.95
Headrests
1,762
42.15
Shoulder Belts
1,426

26.35

Auxiliary Hardtop
6,880
231.75
Vinyl Covering
1,966
52.70
Heater and Defroster Delete (credit)
35
97.85
Air Conditioning
3,788
412.90
Special Front and Rear Suspension
2,198
36.90
Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios
20,308
42.15
Power Brakes
4,766
42.15
Special Heavy Duty Brakes
267
342.30
Air Injection Reactor
2,573
44.75
Transistor Ignition System
5,759
73.75
390 hp Engine
3,832
200.15
400 hp Engine
2,101
305.50
435 hp Engine
3,754
437.10
350 hp Engine
6,375
105.35
430 hp Engine
20
947.90
Aluminum Cylinder Heads for L71
16
368.65
4-speed Manual Transmission 9,157
184.35
4-speed Manual Transmission, close ratio
11,015
184.35
4-speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty
20
237.00
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
2,324
194.85
36 Gallon Fuel Tank (coupe)
2
198.05
Off Road Exhaust System
2,326
36.90
Side Mount Exhaust System
4,209
131.65
Telescopic Steering Column
2,415
42.15
Power Steering
5,747
94.80
Cast Aluminum Bolt-On Wheels
720
263.30
Whitewall Tires, 7.75 x 15 13,445
31.35
Redline Tires, 7.75 x 15
4,230
46.65
Speed Warning Indicator
2,108
10.55
AM/FM Radio22,193
172.75

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Tuxedo Black815
Ermine White1,423
Rally Red2,341
Marina Blue
3,840
Lynndale Blue
1,381
Elkhart Blue
1,096
Goodwood Green
4,293
Sunfire Yellow
2,325
Silver Pearl
1,952
Marlboro Maroon
3,464

Learn about other Corvettes in this generation:

1963 Corvette
1964 Corvette
1965 Corvette
1966 Corvette
1967 Corvette

Looking for more information on Corvettes and other cars? See:

  • Corvettes: Learn about the history behind each model year and see Corvette photographs.
  • Corvette Specifications: Get key specifications, engine and transmission types, prices, and production totals.
  • Corvette Museum: The National Corvette Museum draws Corvette lovers from all over the world. Learn more about the museum.
  • Corvette Pictures: Find pictures of the hottest classic and current-year Corvettes.
  • Muscle Cars: Get information on more than 100 tough-guy rides.
  • Consumer Guide Corvette Reviews: Considering a Corvette purchase? See what Consumer Guide has to say.