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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Ditto on the article I have a 66 L72 [425hp] Nassau Blue coupe for about 20 years my Dad owned it since 71 [prior he had a 63 triple black 300HP roadster ]the motor has been balanced and blueprinted these are awesome engines able to run around at relatively low speeds but you better be pointed in a straight line when you nail it. A few minor suspension mods really help these cars ,Ive had mine at speed on Road Atlanta and am totally awed by anyone who raced these monsters back in the day they are a handful. That said they are very reliable and there is tremendous parts support ,I removed the turbine wheels and added 7" rallies with the short caps as I like that look better. My car was McGuyvers side kick Jack's car for a couple of episodes lots of fun.
Keep up the good work .
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
Thank you for your well written article on the great C-2! I have been the proud owner of my early Saddle Tan 63 coupe. Mine came off of the assembly line in September 6th of 1962. So I have fiberglass headlight buckets and a spot for tools under the drivers seat along with a different yoke and a Borg & Warner T-10, 4 speed with power steering, brakes and windows. She came with the L-75 the 340 h.p. 327. I pulled that and installed a 500 h.p. stroker motor in her and added vintage a/c and cross drilled, slotted disc brakes on the front. And I put Kelsey Hayes knock off rims on her. But relax! looking to I retained all of the original parts. I bought her back in 1988. The lines of the C2 are beautiful, however I think that the 56 and 57 vettes are the best looking of all vettes. I am currently looking to add a 57 with onyx black and silver concaves with either dual quads or a fuelie to my garage.
Two small errors in the info on the '67 Corvette. On the exterior, the Corvette name was not removed from the rear deck as stated, and on the interior description, a change that was not mentioned was that all the control knobs were different from previous models.
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.