Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 Coupe

Arriving as a mid-year replacement for the fuel-injected engine was a version of Chevy’s “big-block” 396 cu. in. V8. The monster motor was rated at a conservative 425 hp and 425 ft-lbs of torque. Enthusiasts would later (and cleverly) name it “the stinger” in reference to its piercing shape. The 396 Turbo-Jet, as it was called, originated in early 1963 with the 427 cu. in. “Mystery Motor” racing powerplant that made its first appearance at that year’s Daytona 500. Despite the additional weight of the new motor, Zora Arkus-Duntov managed to keep the balance of the car near-perfect, maintaining a 51/49 percent ratio from front to rear. The “big-block” proved itself an able performer, and some 2,157 buyers checked off the RPO-code L78 engine option, clearly a performance bargain. According to Road & Track magazine, a 396-equipped ’Vette could do 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and fly through the quarter mile in just a tick over 14 seconds. Along with the now-standard four-wheel disc brakes, a Corvette had the stopping power to match its brute acceleration.

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

425 hp, 396 cu. in. V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, re-circulating ball steering, four-wheel power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98".

Source: RM Auctions

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