Black w/Black interior, 350/400hp ZZ5 (n.o.m.) small block, 4-spd manual transmission.
Happy 50th to the ’67 Corvette! When discussing the first 3 generations; (C1 to C3) of Corvette production, few would argue that 1967 was a very good year! It’s the year when Chevrolet got everything right. Especially with Corvette. It’s widely regarded as the high-water mark in Corvette design (that big block Stinger hood!) and performance. And for good reason! Although the physical changes from the previous year were subtle, there was just enough overall refinement to make it the perfect package from top to bottom and inside out! As far as performance went, there wasn’t a bad engine to be had in the line-up. From to base 300hp 327ci small block up to the beastly 435hp 427ci big block. Not to mention (and Chevrolet didn’t!) the legendary L88 of which only 20 were built in ’67. The thing was, most of the potential buyers that were looking to park a new Corvette in their garage back then didn’t want a ’67. They were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the “all-new” ’68 Shark! So as a result, many new ’67’s languished in dealer showrooms for longer than usual. I think the saying “Hindsight is 20/20” certainly applies here! So, what made the ’67 Corvette such a home run? It was a combination of style, performance . . . and the perspective of time. Needless to say, far less people saw the greatness of the car back then as do now. Like today, we’re always waiting for the next best thing! And back then, it was no exception. We all wait and hope next generation to come along will be a vast improvement over the previous. Well, the Sharks were beautiful cars, no doubt about it! But, as the decades have passed, the legacy of the mid-years and the ’67 especially, has grown to almost mythical status within the Corvette community. And to that end, the values of these Vettes have skyrocketed! Because of this, many owners are choosing to fully restore their Corvettes and put them away in collections or “drive” them from the back of a trailer to a car show. We can certainly appreciate the beauty and significance of these “trailer queens”, but isn’t the point of having a car with this performance capability, getting behind the wheel and actually driving it? A rare, fully restored vintage Corvette is truly a sight to behold and appreciated! Here at Corvette Mike, that’s our stock-in-trade! But you know what’s an even rarer sight? Seeing one of these beauties rumbling down the freeway or in the lot of a local supermarket! Now we certainly understand the hesitation of parking your restored $six figure baby in a supermarket parking lot, but if you owned it, wouldn’t you want to take her out for some much needed exercise? Sure you would! It’s good for the car and good for you and your passenger! Which brings me to the point of this whole story! Not every vintage Corvette should be put in a jewelry box. Some should just be driven and enjoyed like they were meant to back when they were first driven off the showroom floor! They don’t all have to have flawless paint, interiors that have seldom been sat in and engines that get started only when pulled out of the garage and onto a trailer. Nope. The spirit of true sport car enjoyment is slipping behind the wheel, turning that ignition switch to start, listening to that big lump in the engine compartment rumble and D.R.I.V.I.N.G. IT!! So get in gear, and check out this ’67 “driver”. Yeah, it doesn’t have perfect paint and the interior has a slight patina. So what? All that means is less stress when you’re cruising up PCH watching the sun set in front of you of driving that favorite country road in Anytown U.S.A. You’ve got 400hp sitting in front of you and a 4-spd. just begging to be shifted regularly through the gears! Go for it!
We sold this ’67 to the previous owner many years ago and he enjoyed the experience! During his ownership the car was taken out regularly and driven as it should. But over time the 350hp L79 was starting to get tired. So, it was decided that a rebuild was in order. However, after the engine was pulled, he felt that a new engine was a better choice, so a GM ZZ5 350 was installed (see the specifications below).
Chevrolet Performance ZZ5 350 turnkey crate engines are 350 cu. in. HO engine assemblies with approximately 9.72:1 compression, 400 hp at 5,600 rpm, and 400 ft.-lbs. of torque at 4,000 rpm. These 4-bolt main engines have a recommended max rpm of 5,800. These ZZ5 engines are not intended for marine use and should only be used in 1979 and earlier pre-emissions street vehicles, or any year of off-road vehicles. Parts used in these engine assemblies are 4-bolt main 1-piece rear main seal blocks, forged steel crankshafts, powdered metal connecting rods, and flat-top hypereutectic pistons. The installed hydraulic roller camshaft has a .474 in. intake lift and a .510 in. exhaust lift with 208 degree open duration intake and 221 degree open duration exhaust lobes at .050 in. ground with a 112.5 lobe centerline. Standard Morse link timing chains are installed. The Fast Burn aluminum cylinder heads have 62cc chambers and 210cc intake runners with 2.00 in. intake valves and 1.55 in. exhaust valves. Stamped steel, self-aligning rocker arms are used for reliability.
That was proven to be a wise choice. The car is a blast to drive, the ZZ5 is very potent and dead-on reliable! The color was originally Goodwood Green but re-painted Black years ago, and still shines. The big block hood was installed to solve clearance issues and we thought the stinger would be a nice touch, so we added it. Top side, a new White soft top was just installed to complement the White stinger. The interior is in excellent shape with brand new carpet just installed by us. The frame is straight and sound. Here’s a ’67 that you can drive and enjoy (an increasingly rare commodity these days) at a very reasonable price. Summer is here! Just get in, start her up and cruise! You’ll be glad you did! Stk #5953