More Muscle Car Nostalgia

The introduction of the ZR-1 Corvette brought smile's to more than a few Corvette enthusiasts. The ZR-1 package was the king of the Corvettes and showed off the best in GM design and engineering. Earlier this week, Chevy announced another "old-school" based Corvette that is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Between 1966 and 1969, Chevy offered a Corvette with the designation of 427, that being displacement. They were among the highest performing Corvettes ever to be built and commanded respect from almost every gearhead worldwide. That being said, GM decided to punch out a limited number of Limited Edition 427 Corvette ZO6's.

"It is aimed, as always with our special editions, at Corvette enthusiasts who like to have something different," said Bob Tripolsky, Chevrolet spokesman. This makes perfect sense considering an MSRP of $84,195, which includes an $850 destination charge. However, it is still cheaper than the ZR-1.

The $84,195 "investment" will land you a Crystal Red Tintcoat paint job, the first ever on a Z06, embroidered seats, as well as a handful of badges and graphics that harkens back to the "Stinger" days of the Vette. Each one will also be numbered and signed by Wil Cooksey, the current Corvette assembly plant manager.

Under the hood is where the real story is. The designation of 427 was reserved for the highest-performing GM engines of day and was also the cubic inch equivalent of the current Z06 7.0L LS7. Total power to the ground is set a 505hp and the total number to be produced is also 505. 427 will be offered in North America while another 78 will be exported.

Source : Inside Line

George Delozier
Automotive Innovations