Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster
By 1967, the big-block Corvette continued its reign as the king of the road. Brutally fast, with nimble handling and stopping power to match with four-wheel disc brakes, Corvette truly earned the title “America’s Sports Car.” Yes it was expensive, but the Corvette was the car for buyers who wanted speed, and for the all-out performance addict, there was the thundering 427 cubic-inch V8.
Hot Rod Magazine’s Eric Dahlquist put an L71 Corvette through its paces in an in-depth article entitled “Hottest ’Vette Yet.” At the dragstrip, Dahlquist managed to achieve a 13.80-second quarter-mile timeslip with a 108 mph trap speed, achieved with narrow 7.75-inch bias-ply tires, which were noted to erupt into smoke whenever the clutch was dropped with anything but a closed throttle. Dahlquist found that the Corvette handled very well at sustained high speeds, with the extra weight of the 427 offset by a set of carefully tuned, higher-rate springs.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California, in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia, in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
435 bhp, RPO L71 427 cu. in. V8 engine, three two-barrel carburetors, Muncie 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, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"
Sources: RM Auctions and Barrett-Jackson
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Ned Jackson