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« on: October 24, 2005, 02:14:55 PM »

With so so many folks interested in, and autocrossing Corvettes, I have a few Corvette trivia questions........

1. What was the last year a "big block" was available in a
    Corvette?

2. What was the last year a 3 speed manual was the standard  
     transmission in a Corvette?

3. What was only year a 396 cid engine was optional in a
    Corvette, and what was its' rated hp?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2005, 06:58:01 PM »

The last big block was the 454 in 1974. The 396 was available in 1965. It was rated at 425 hp.

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2005, 08:18:15 PM »

I can't answer these... but I still think they should've slapped either a ZL1 or 427 badge on the side of the new one.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2005, 05:43:16 AM »

And the 3 speed.........?
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2005, 01:07:22 PM »

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And the 3 speed.........?


1969 was the last year this was standard.

4 speed became standard in 1970
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2005, 02:20:54 PM »

I think there was one year where no manual was available. Maybe 1983?

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2005, 02:24:12 PM »

Scott's correct, only 230 Corvettes were built with 3spd in 1969, the last year it was standard.
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2005, 02:31:17 PM »

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I think there was one year where no manual was available. Maybe 1983?

 Officially, there was no 83 Corvette, although 43 were built. The quality was so poor, that by the time it was tolerable, it was introduced as a 1984. Only one of the 43 is still known to exist, and it's in the Corvette museum. All '53,and '54 Corvettes were automatics. Somewhere in the mid to late 70's, I think most California Corvettes were automatics, some equipped with a 305 engine.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2005, 05:06:47 PM »

Here is what I remembered: "For the first time since 1954, in 1982 you could not order a Corvette with a manual transmission."

This is a good source of Corvette trivia.

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Pasha, is there anything you can do to make the hyperlinks, like "source" above, be more distinctive? They are sort of hard to pick out.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2005, 07:27:24 PM »

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Originally posted by wahoo5Pasha, is there anything you can do to make the hyperlinks, like "source" above, be more distinctive? They are sort of hard to pick out.
I'm no Pasha--far from it, but I've got a possible solution.
If you click on "Control Panel / Options", then "Edit Profile", you can change your Theme.  The "XMB Design X" theme displays hyperlinks in a different color.  Obviously, this will change a lot more than just the hyperlink color.  Also, it will only change it for you, not everyone.

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« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2005, 06:44:35 AM »

You are correct. I didn't know that, personally.  A friend had an '80 L-82 with a 4 speed, and I confused myself. I remember a California emissions car with a 305 and an auto being tested in the early '80's and limping to a mid 16 second quarter mile. My, how things have changed.

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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2005, 06:45:51 AM »

More trivia.........

1. When was the "ZL-1" Corvette introduced?

2. How many were made?
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2005, 03:21:17 PM »

1. When was the "ZL-1" Corvette introduced?  1969

2. How many were made?  2
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2005, 03:52:31 PM »

Okay, how many ZL-1 Camaros were built?
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2005, 07:04:56 PM »

The answer is 69. Here is the history.

1969 ZL1 Camaro

1969 was a brief window in time where model proliferation, engine options, and bulls-eye styling converged to create some incredible Camaro combinations. By far, the most exotic was the ZL1 Camaro. Sixty-nine were built and each came with two things that would guarantee its place in legend and lore: a 430hp all-aluminum 427 (a staggering $4,160 option) developed for Can Am racing, and a price tag over $7,000 (a basic V-8 Camaro was less than $3,000).

E.T. 13.16 at 110.21
Engine ZL1 427
Transmission four-speed
Axle 4.10:1
Source High Performance Cars, July ’69

Good Points: 427 fire-breathin’ cubes with the weight (and sleeper appearance) of a six-banger. How sweet it is.
Bad Points: Could induce anxiety attacks, heart arrhythmia, palpitations, sweating, chronic wallet fatigue syndrome, and 11 different kinds of sleep disorders.
Fans Say: God bless COPO. Critics Say: Gee, a Camaro. Never seen one of those before!
A Legend Because: Imagine an engine option that cost more than the car itself—and was worth it! High water mark of the big-block—the ultimate Camaro.

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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2005, 07:21:06 PM »

Okay smarty pants, WHY did they make the ZL-1 Camaro?
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2005, 07:46:58 PM »

In 1969, Fred Gibb Chevrolet contacted the General Motors factory to produce the Camaro with the ZL1 all-aluminum 427 engine. The factory would agree to do it if Gibb placed a minumum order of 50 cars. Gibb initiated the order and this was the beginning of the COPO 9560 Camaro.

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