1969 Corvette 427
Since 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette has been America’s premier sports car and the 1969 Corvette 427 was one of the finest models produced for the nameplate. First introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953, the Corvette is one of the longest-lived American cars and has remained been popular with buyers for its style, speed, and power.
The 1969 Corvette 427 came out of the third generation, which lasted from 1968 to 1982. This generation of models was inspired by the 1965 concept car the Mako Shark II. In the concept car that actually ran and was for more than just show, the designers put a 427 Mark IV engine, the same one that powers the 1969 Corvette 427.
Although the 427 looked cool and had the removable T-top roof panels, the sleek, Stingray styling was not the main draw for this car. Consumers loved it for its performance and power. The big, 427 engine could be had with up to a 435-horsepower rating, although on the road, many claimed it was more like 560. For the faint of heart, the 1969 Corvette 427 was available with an engine rated at 390 or 400 horsepower. With the 435 rating, this car could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just six seconds and could cover a quarter mile in just about ten seconds.
With the third generation models, including the 1969 Corvette 427, Chevrolet stepped up its racing credentials. For the first time, a Corvette was chosen to be the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Since then, a Corvette has been selected for this honor eleven times.
Today, the 1969 Corvette 427 is just one of many classic car collectible Corvettes that buyers clamor for. Only 2,722 models were created that year with the most powerful engine, making the 435-horsepower version a true find for modern collectors.