Chevrolet Corvette L79 327/350 Convertible

As Chevrolet’s thundering big-block V8s grabbed the most press during the 1960s, a surprising number of Corvette buyers opted for the L79 small-block engine. With 350 hp available from 327 cubic inches, the L79 preserved the Corvette’s near-perfect weight distribution and created a truly balanced high-performance Corvette.

The high-winding L79 included free-breathing cylinder heads with 2.02-inch intake and 1.60-inch exhaust valves, an aluminum intake manifold, a Holley four-barrel carburetor, 11.0:1 compression and much more. Best of all, the L79 offered owners ease of maintenance with a hydraulic-lifter valvetrain, and the option added just $105 to the Corvette’s base price.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.

350 hp, RPO L79 327 cu. in. V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with half-shafts, lateral struts, radius rods and a single transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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