The Top Corvettes Of All Time
The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most distinctive and popular American cars ever produced. Introduced by General Motors in 1952, it has been in production for almost 70 years, and has seen many changes over the decades. In this article we will take a look at three of the top Corvettes ever made.
US emissions regulations and skyrocketing insurance rates put an end to the muscle car era in 1971, and the 1970 Chevrolet Corvette was notable for being the last of the big-block engine Corvettes. It was offered in small-block options including a 300 and 350-bhp, but the most important 1970 Corvettes were the big boys built with the monstrous 427 454 cid. Cosmetic changes for 1970 included flared wheel openings and an egg-crate pattern grill. Dual exhaust outlets and front parking lights were also changed from their small round shape to a new rectangular design.
The 1993 Corvette ZR-1 was a great throwback to the classic muscle-era Corvette. The engine was designed in conjunction with Lotus Engineering, and produced a whopping 405 bhp, a 30 hp gain from the ’92 design. The ZR-1 came with a standard Borg Warner T-6 manual transmission. Exterior design was quite similar to the standard Corvette, although it was slightly wider and longer, and had an additional third stop light located above the rear window.
And finally, no discussion of top classic Corvettes would be complete without mention of possibly the greatest of all time; the 1967 427/435 horsepower Corvette Sting Ray. The 427 engine delivering 435 bhp was the top upgrade option for the ’67 Corvette, short of the L88 which was designed for racing and impractical for streetcar use. 1967 was intended to be the year that Chevrolet introduced the redesigned 3rd generation Corvette, but due to design kinks it was held back until 1968. It is a good thing it turned out this way, as the 1967 Sting Ray represents the pinnacle of that era for the Corvette.