The first generation ‘C1’ Corvettes. From the first model of 1953-55 with the 235 cubic inch ‘Blue Flame’ six & 2 speed Powerglide auto, to the Ed Cole-designed 265 & 283 small block V8 powered models from ‘55 to ‘62. Three speed stick shift and four barrel carb was standard, optional was a four speed stick, Rochester fuel injection, Duntov cam and fuelie heads - look out!
The legendary ‘C2’ Corvette, first of the Stingrays. From the 1963 split window coupe and convertible with a choice of 327 V8s starting from 250hp all the way up to 375 ponies for the potent ‘fuelie’. From 1965 Chevy dropped fuel injection and offered a 396 big block, upped to 427 cubes for ‘66/67. If you wanted more you could pay a cool two grand for the legendary L-88 aluminium 427 race motor with 580hp on tap when headers were hooked up. Check out the Tunnel Ram article on the 1965 Stingray here
The iconic C3 Stingray that introduced the world to T-top removable roof panels. Legendary engines include the hottest ever small block - the LT-1 350, the 435hp 427 with 3x2 Holley carbs, to the final Corvette big block - the 454 of 1974. From ‘73 the C3s were down on power due to unleaded fuel and low compression engines - so Chevy focused on luxury options that made the Stingray even more popular as the ‘70s progressed.
The C4 re-introduced Corvette lovers to performance and handling - and all in a sensational new body that still looks fresh today. Power started at a paltry 150kw but went up rapidly from there as Chevy got their groove back