It’s an understatement to say the second-generation Chevrolet Corvette was a significant departure from the original “solid axle” Corvette. Sporting a fully-independent suspension and a chassis blueprint benefiting from years of racing experience from GM engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, and with designer Bill Mitchell’s all-new fastback coupe body (convertibles were available) reminiscent of the Stingray fish, the C2 set the standard in Corvette engineering for many years to come.
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Isn't it interesting that just about any high performance C2 is worth more in the market than a brand new C8?...this says something about the timeless design and performance options that has made the C2s the one to collect and cherish long term
Nice summary! However, the top-performing 427 in 1966 was the 425hp L-72; the L-71 you noted as a 1966 option wasn't introduced until 1967, and had 435hp with 3x2 carburetion.
One error you made in the 1966 Corvette is the N14 Off Road Exhaust System as you called it. The Off Road Exhaust System was RPO N11 and was routed under the car. N14 was called the Side Mount Exhaust System and obviously ran down each side of the car. This is a common mistake many people make.
The '65 full sized Chevy also had to wait until mid-year for the 396. That's why they continued offering the 409 until the 396 replaced it. The only year you could see both 409's and 396's...