An Auto Lover’s Guide to Corvettes

1990 Corvette ZR-1

1990 Corvette ZR1
1990 ZR1
This model of Corvette will truly astound you. It has an engine designed by the legendary Lotus designers. The Mercury Marine built motor features a 32 valve V8. Opening this motor up while you are cruising along at 70 miles per hour would unleash a fury of power. The car uses Goodyear Eagles P315/35ZR17 tires to ensure the car grips the pavement when you are speeding down the road. This model remains the only Corvette that is not powered by an overhead valve engine.

Motor Trend reported that this 405 horsepower ZR-1 could reach 117 miles per hour in 13 seconds in the quarter mile. The car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds. But the most impressive thing about the ZR-1 is its ability to climb from 60 mph to 100 mph in 4.8 seconds. These statistics are impressive, considering when the car was built.

The C5 and the C6 Corvettes have surpassed the ZR-1; however, this does not decrease or diminish the achievements that the ZR-1 garnered.

1963 Fuel Injected Corvette Coupe

1963 Coupe
1963 Coupe
It has been almost a half a century since the 1963 Corvette coupe was introduced to the American market, yet it still remains one of the most sought after and alluring designs ever conceived. The car’s razor-sharp fenders, shark=like mouth and tapered tail make the coupe look aggressive and beautiful. Additionally, this was Corvette’s first-ever fixed-roof coupe.

Looks are not the only thing that separates the C2 from the original C1. The chassis on the C2 models featured independent suspension by using transverse leaf springs, which improved the Corvettes comfort and competitiveness both on the track and off the track. This new suspension system was vital to ensuring the Vette could compete with the new Cobras introduced by Shelby.

The engine in this model featured a 327 cubic inch small block V8 and produced an amazing 360 horsepowers. This coupled with the Rochester mechanical fuel injectors produced one of the most powerful engines on the market. Although the engine is powerful, it is also flexible and easy to handle. For car shoppers wanting to get the most out this engine, they could opt for the Z06. This option had stiffer suspension, a tighter Muncie gearbox, larger drum brakes, an enormous 36.5-gallon gas tank and a beautiful set of finned, cast aluminum wheels.

The 1963 Chevy Corvette coupe featured a fitted split rear window, which makes it a one of a kind. However, the most important thing was the standard the car set for all Corvettes in the future.

Here’s Jay leno’s 1963 Split-Window Coupe… GORGEOUS!!!!

Three Amazing Corvette Models


The 1997 Corvette C5

Although the C4 Corvette was an amazing car, it was not until 1997 when Chevrolet introduced the C5 that a Corvette was manufactured that offered true touring comfort along with amazing performance. The C5 enabled drivers to tour in comfort and while having the power to compete on the racetrack.

This balance was an engineering marvel from the beginning. The C5’s basic construction featured a new frame that placed the transmission between the car’s rear tires. This helped to better distribute the weight and offset the mass of the engine.

The C5’s LS1 5.7-liter V8 engine was the first all-aluminum engine used during the production of Corvettes. Additionally, this type of small block engine had not been used by General Motors since 1955. The LS1 engine produced 345 horsepower and amazing torque. This meant that the C5 was super quick. Its four-speed automatic went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a little over 5 seconds. The six-speed manual transmission dropped that time down to below 5 seconds.


1955 Corvette

When you first look at a 1955 Corvette, you may think it is not much different from the 1953 or 1954 model. Although the chassis and the body did not change much, this was the first Corvette that had a V8 engine under the hood.

The V8’s small block was amazing. The displacement of this engine was only 265-cubic-inches (4.3 liters). This the first small block engine was only rated at 195 horsepower. However, the torque production from the V8 pushed the Corvette into one of the top spots for sports cars.

The 1955 Corvette was not that fast; however, it was the stepping stone for the fast Corvettes we have grown to love and take for granted.

Here’s a beauty, right here…


2009 Corvette ZR1

The numbers of this car are mind blowing! This Corvette could go from 0 to 60 mph in an amazing 3.5 seconds thanks to its supercharged 638 hp 6.2-liter engine. The raw power of this car annihilates the quarter mile in eleven and a half seconds at 128.3 miles per hour. It can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The massive tires on this car help it stick to the pavement better. Finally, the 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the first Corvette to carry a six-figure price tag!

Although the ZR1 has amazing, it is one of the most civilized Corvettes ever to have been built. This car can be used for weekend adventures, commuting to work in style or racing down the speedway setting lap time records.

The last of the ZR1s were manufactured at the beginning on 2013. At this time, this amazing car was still winning comparison tests with some of the top cars on the market. This proves that the ZR1 is the most capable and fastest Corvette ever to have been built.

Killer Corvettes: 3 Prime Examples

1) 1957 Corvette, Fuel-Injected

American Classic 57 Vette
Fuel-injected 1957 Vette.
Once Zora Arkus-Duntov took over as the chief engineer in charge of the Corvette program, Chevrolet’s nimble little sportster was finally headed towards performance that lived up to the promise of the original Corvette design. For the 1957 model, Chevy added a mechanical fuel injection system by Rochester to the ‘Vette’s 283 cubic inch V8. The finely-tuned fuel distribution system delivered a startling 1 horsepower per cubic inch, for a grand total of 283 hp. In my experience, that’s easily double what most engines of the time were designed to produce.

The revolutionary fuel injection system had its origins in the custom rig Joh Fitch used to win the B class at Sebring in 1956. A highly technical and complicated system, Chevrolet’s “Ramjet” fuel injection system wound up on just 1,040 of the 6,338 Corvettes built for 1957.

The car’s performance is still impressive. I recently saw the results of a Road & Track test run on a fuel-injected ’57 Corvette with a 4.11:1 rear gearset. Top acceleration was reported as 0 to 6 in just 5.7 seconds. Personally, I think that’s outstanding performance even when judged by modern standards.

2) 1967 Corvette 427 L88

1967 Corvette 427 L88
You don’t have to worry if you’re standing beside an L88 ‘Vette and you hear its Holley 850 carb grumble into life — it’s not actually sucking the breath out of your lungs, it just feels that way. Once the powertrain comes up to speed, your senses are dominated by the throaty idling roar of the engine and the distinctive smell of hot exhaust. Although Chevrolet has produced faster Corvettes than the L88, I don’t think there’s ever been one more aggressive.

According to the manufacturer’s documents, the L88 required a steady diet of 103 / 95 (research / motor) octane to avoid engine damage. This is because the aluminum-headed combustion chambers in the L88’s big-block V8 were designed to operate at a 12.5:1 compression ratio. The 427 cubic inch plant was rated by Chevrolet as capable of producing 430 hp, but I find myself siding with the third-party observers who estimated its output as well over 550 hp.

Chevy produced just 20 of these racing-pedigreed L88 monsters. Each of them features every performance-minded tweak imaginable, but creature comforts (like heating or defrosters) were decidedly lacking.

Before reading one bit further, take a minute and enjoy ’67 Vette in this video…

3) 1984 Corvette C4

1984 Chevrolet Corvette C4
Like a lot of prestigious marques, the Corvette name was entering a dark age at the start of the 80s. The C3 generation, stretching all the way back to 1968, was ending with a whimper rather than a bang. No longer a tense racer that could challenge European all-stars like Ferrari and Porsche, the Corvette had become a mushy status symbol intended more for town cruising than aggressive cornering.

The arrival of the C4 Corvette rewrote the story in an instant. Both the aesthetics and performance of the car were overhauled. Aesthetically, the ‘Vette was sharpened and pointed into something like an automotive hatchet. The engine — as well as the suspension system — was accessible underneath a generous clamshell hood. Even the wheels got a little TLC, featuring 16-inch rims and cutting-edge Goodyear Gatorback directional tires.

The only fly in the ointment at the beginning was the car’s 5.7-liter small-block V8. Held back by the underwhelming “Cross-Fire” injection system, this power plant produced just 205 hp. This was coupled with a crude “4+3” transmission and an unforgivingly stiff suspension. This new Corvette flew like a bat on a straight line, though, and the marques sports car credentials were at last redeemed.