1967 Corvette Overview: History, Specs, and More

2017 marks the 50-year anniversary of the end of the Corvette’s second generation, which was marked by the last manufacturing year for the famous Sting Ray. The 1967 Corvette, a well-loved antique, still shows up at classic auto shows. It sells to collectors for up to $200,000 with low mileage, good condition, and the rarely manufactured features equipped. Read on for more information about its history and groundbreaking specs of that time.

History of the 1967 Corvette

Red 1967 Corvette

22,940 1967 Corvettes were produced between September of 1966 and July of 1967. It featured slotted Rally wheels, five small front fender vents, a new rocker panel trim, and a parking brake that was placed on the center console.

There were also a number of limited production features on the 1967 Corvette. Most notably, there were only 20 L-88 engines and 16 L-89 engines produced for this Corvette. Also, there were just two N03 36-gallon fuel tanks made for the 1967 Corvette line-up.

Today, most 1967 Corvettes in good condition are sold for over $50,000 in the United States. The more rare models go for upward of $150,000. In 1967, however, you would have paid a base price of $4,240, which, when adjusted for inflation, equals just under $31,000 in 2017. What a difference half of a century makes!

6 Most Popular 1967 Corvette Features

1. The L-88 Engine

The 20 L-88 engines manufactured for the 1967 Corvette were, up until that point, the closest Chevy ever came to a sporty racing engine made for general sale. Chevrolet claimed that the engine got 435 hp, but in actuality, it got somewhere between 540 and 580 hp. A radio and air conditioning were not available on the L-88 models, which came standard with positraction differential, upgraded brakes, and a performance suspension. GM’s director at the time, Zora Arkus-Duntov, marketed the L-88s as racing cars and attempted to steer the general public away from buying them.

2. Leather Seats

The 1967 Corvette featured stylish leather seats, which were an extremely popular item at the time. In fact, there were 1,601 genuine leather seats crafted for the 1967 models. This optional upgrade cost customers $79. Drivers could choose between a few different interior color choices, including black leather, red leather, bright blue leather, teal blue leather, saddle leather, and white and black leather. The only vinyl color option that was not also available in leather was the green tone. Any of these available leather upholstery hues could be nicely paired with one of ten exterior color choices.

3. All-Window Soft Ray Tinted Glass

1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible

In total, 11,331 1967 Corvettes were manufactured with all-window soft ray tinted glass. This option only cost $15, and a soft ray tinted windshield was available for $10. 6,668 of the soft ray tinted windshields were manufactured for the ’67 models. Drivers could opt for either just the windshield or all of the windows to have the soft ray tent, and a difference of only $5 was pretty well worth making the upgrade to having the tint on all of the glasses.

4. 4-speed Manual Transmission

Three different types of 4-speed manual transmissions were manufactured for the 1967 Corvette. 9,157 of the standard 4-speed manual transmissions were crafted and cost $184 to add. The close ratio 4-speed manual transmission cost the same, but 11,015 were manufactured. Meanwhile, the heavy-duty close ratio 4-speed manual transmission (coded as M22) was priced at $237, and only 20 of them were manufactured for that year.

Also known as the “rock crusher,” the M22 shared the same gear ratios as the M21. However, it featured a more heavy duty gear set since this was transmission built for road racing. The gears earned the M22 its nickname of the “rock crusher” since, despite not being spur gears, they made one heck of a noise.

5. Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is something we tend to take for granted in 2017 since it is a standard feature in all newer cars. However, in 1967, air conditioning was a bit of a luxury. This optional feature was manufactured for 3,788 of the 1967 Corvettes and cost drivers a hefty sum of $412. Air conditioning was a relatively new feature and wasn’t even equipped in a Corvette until 1963, when air conditioning was added to the model run. In fact, it was not until 1980 that factory air conditioning became the standard for all new Corvette models.

6. Power Windows

Like air conditioning, power windows were considered a luxury in the 1960’s. Manual crank windows were very much the standard in those days. There were only 4,036 1967 Corvettes manufactured with power windows, which set the consumer back $57 for this upgrade. Power windows had been introduced as an option on the 1956 Corvette but still were not considered standard in 1967.

Getting Support for the 1967 Corvette

Owning and operating a classic such as the 1967 Corvette can be exciting, especially when you get to flex your collector’s muscles at a classic auto show or in a parade. However, a lot of money, time, and work can go into restoring and maintaining a well-running ’67 Corvette. There are mechanics who specialize in classic Corvettes, but it might be difficult to locate one.

Some shops out there are specifically dedicated to working on Corvettes, but they are a rarity, so your best bet is to become a DIY Corvette owner. There is an abundance of online forums, such as Corvette Forum, and YouTube videos dedicated to repairing and maintaining your Corvette.

Further Options for the 1967 Corvette

There are plenty of ways to mod the ’67 Corvette, although restomods tend to make Corvette purists fume. If you have a model that doesn’t have certain options that were available in 1967, you can purchase self-installation kits. For example, you can add tinted windows, power windows, or air conditioning if your Corvette came without them.

The 1967 Corvette is a magnificent automobile, crafted for athletic and stylish performance. Owning this classic might make some of your buddies a bit envious, so if you can afford it, these are a great collector’s item. If you have a question or comment about the 1967 Corvette, leave a comment. We want to hear from you!

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