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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (1969)


Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (1969)

The Corvette underwent a controversial restyle in 1968, and while the press reviews were mixed, the public voted with their wallets and bought 28,566 in one year. Over 15,000 of those were built with the big-block 427ci (6.9-liter) engine which shows just how performance-hungry buyers were. Even the lowest-powered 427, code L36, made 390bhp (291kW), then came the L68 with 400bhp (298kW), the L71 with 435bhp (324kW), and the over-the-top engine was the L88 with an underrated figure of 430bhp (321kW) though output was closer to 500bhp (373kW). Underneath the car was virtually the same as previous models, with an independent front and rear and disc brakes all around. This car has the mandatory four-speed Muncie 22 close-ratio gearbox which is required to take the torque and spread the power well, and with the right driver, the car could do low-13-second quarter miles.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (1969) Specifications

Top speed:135 mph (216 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:427ci (6,997 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:435 bhp (324kW) @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque:460 lb ft (623 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,145 lb (1,429 kg)
Economy:10mpg (3.54 km/I)
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