I remember my first big block 427. I was having lunch in my favorite restaurant when a friend of mine came in who was a salesman at Bard Chevrolet in Newburgh NY. He told me about a new 66 Corvette with the 425 hp 427 sitting on the showroom floor. Long story short I bought it on the spot, the sticker price was $5500. No air, no power steering just pure power on 4 very unsafe tires. I believe this was the most powerful of all big blocks and I blew away many 67s with the three carbs (after changing the tires of course) . Great car and GREAT memories
I’m an old Newburgh boy and can remember when you raced a red 427 coupe on Rt.84 you were at the finish line and we were trying to to get the red coupe out the ditch after he spun out. The good old days!
The Shelby mention above is interesting as Caroll initially courted GM / Chevy division first. He was aware of the potential of the current gen small black at that time, but also had knowledge of the Mark IV big block that was on the drawing board. GM has no interest citing conflict with the Corvette. After that conversation of being shot down, he wanted to use the SBC with factory support, they nixed that too. So plan B was Ford, and we all know how that ended!
Seems the L79 didn’t make the top 10 but to be sure the hydraulic mouse surprised a lot of firebreathers from light to light. And not just in a Corvette, those Chevy II/Nova’s showed lots of tail lights.
It would have been nice to just go and do the 80's, 90's, 00's and '10's and do everything up through the end of the C7. Nice list though. I'm partial to anything with some orange colored valve covers.
I've owned my 57 dual quad Corvette for 20 years so I know your info on the large single air cleaner is incorrect. In 56 and 57 there were 2 round air cleaners on the 2X4 carbed cars. 58-61 had the single air cleaner with 2 wing nuts.