For some motoring enthusiasts, the 1967 model of the Chevrolet Corvette was among the best looking of the Stingrays and of that decade. It’s styling, which is almost the same as its predecessor was clean. It had the familiar egg-crate style grill upfront and a smooth hood. There were five vertical and functional louvers on the sides of the front fenders that slanted towards the car’s front.
The ’67 Corvette also featured large interior vent ports, folding seat back latches, four-way flashers, and directional signals. At the rear were dual round taillights on each side. Standard equipment included an odometer, clock, tachometer, and six-inch wide slotted rally wheels. It has 10 lacquer exterior finishes.
One of the premier racing cars of its generation, the 1967 Corvette remains as one of the most popular sports cars through the years.
There were three engines available for the 1967 Corvette. There’s the 327 cubic inch small block V8 with an output of 300 horsepower, a 427 cubic inch big block V8 rated 390 hp and the big block tri-power version with an output of 435 horsepower.
Those engines are pretty good for an everyday driving car by today’s standards. But there are some hot rod enthusiasts who dared to touch those engines and replace them with newer power trains.
One engine that is popularly mated with the 1967 Corvette is an LS3. This small block engine increases the output of the Vette and enhances its performance on the road, particularly in cruising down the highways. Customized fuel pump and exhaust can be added to add up to the horsepower, as well as a six speed automatic transmission for better street manners.
There are those who prefer to retain the engine of the Corvette. Instead of replacing the engine, they instead focus on the exteriors and interiors of the car, to make it look more contemporary.
Improving the suspension is critical in making a Chevrolet Corvette perform better on the road. The original Corvette IRS was noted for poor handling. Its high roll center yielded a jacking problem, resulting to a raised car rear while the Corvette was cornering. Eventually, it affected the camber of the outside rear tire and loss of grip.
Others prefer to improve the look of the Corvette and make it more contemporary. Some put a hardtop for rainy days. Others upgrade the gauges to give it a more modern look. Still, other put a waterfall hatch in between the seats that is reminiscent of the 1962 Corvette. Leather seats can all the more make the Chevrolet Corvette one fantastic hot rod. Other contemporary features that may be added to the Chevrolet Corvette are in-dash radio with phone/MP3 jack, and USB port.
The 1967 version of the Chevrolet Corvette was ahead of its time in terms of power train that its engines are still decent by today’s standards. But imagine adding a more powerful engine that can increase the car’s output significantly, and giving the car a more contemporary look— a Corvette hot rod will look very impressive to say the least.