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5/19/08 10:10am - Original Message: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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Hey Folks,
 
Just curious as to your opinion(s)...
 
Which 'Vette model (stock) was the most powerful in the C1 --> C3 generations?
 
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5/19/08 11:32am - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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I'm really no authority on such matters, but I'd bet the L88 powered late '60s models would be right there in the competition.

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5/19/08 11:41am - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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1969 COUPE CORTEZ SILVER, BRIGHT BLUE INTERIOR 383 cu. in. 512 HP. Hooker headers w/ side pipes PS PS AC AM FM STEREO. 68,000.MILES C5 5oth Anniversary Coupe , auto.350hp

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http://www.corvettelegends.com/zl1.htm
 
here it is!  the 1969 Z-L1  underated by chevy at 435 hp. with headers and tune it would put out 585hp. this is a variation of the L-88 and only 2 were produced.
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5/19/08 11:44am - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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I totally agree with Jimmy, the 67(20 made), 68(80 made) & 69(116 made) L88's, which were rated at 430hp, were among the best and most powerful of the C3s.  
 
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Ooopps. I agree with Bob about the ZL1.  Missed that one.  Embarrassed
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5/19/08 1:08pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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The ZL1 was the most killer of all of the factory Corvettes until recent years. Just cause there were only two sold doesn't mean they don't count, either! ZL1s were also installed in many more Camaros.
The ZL1 didn't actually produce any more HP than the L88, but the lighter weight of the engine made the car much more manageable...as well as more temperamental.
The L88s and ZL1s were purposely under-rated for HP to keep the Johnny Racer types from buying them. The L71s were rated at 435hp...5 more than the L88/ZL1. The L88/ZL1s needed headers, and some other tweaks to get them up to the reported almost 600hp range...they would NOT do it in factory trim.

Just to remind ya'll...of the TWO ZL1 Corvettes sold, one of them is a registered C3VR member!(John73) Bought the car new, and ordered it with the automatic trans. Had a bit of difficulty getting it built like that, but he did get it, and he still owns it! Is that kewl or WHAT?!

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5/19/08 1:55pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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that is cool. i remember seeing the post on that car. there was a `69 Z-L1 camaro at a car show i was at last November. he took best in show. by the way , it was Cortez SilverBig%20smile

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5/19/08 2:05pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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1969 COUPE CORTEZ SILVER, BRIGHT BLUE INTERIOR 383 cu. in. 512 HP. Hooker headers w/ side pipes PS PS AC AM FM STEREO. 68,000.MILES C5 5oth Anniversary Coupe , auto.350hp

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[QUOTE=Adams' Apple]The ZL1 was the most killer of all of the factory Corvettes until recent years. Just cause there were only two sold doesn't mean they don't count, either! ZL1s were also installed in many more Camaros.
The ZL1 didn't actually produce any more HP than the L88, but the lighter weight of the engine made the car much more manageable...as well as more temperamental.
The L88s and ZL1s were purposely under-rated for HP to keep the Johnny Racer types from buying them. The L71s were rated at 435hp...5 more than the L88/ZL1. The L88/ZL1s needed headers, and some other tweaks to get them up to the reported almost 600hp range...they would NOT do it in factory trim.

Just to remind ya'll...of the TWO ZL1 Corvettes sold, one of them is a registered C3VR member!(John73) Bought the car new, and ordered it with the automatic trans. Had a bit of difficulty getting it built like that, but he did get it, and he still owns it! Is that kewl or WHAT?! [/QUOTE]
 
 joel, the L-71  was the tri- power right. awesome power plant. actually my favorite. brings big $$$$$ though. especially in a `67


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5/19/08 5:12pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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5/19/08 8:07pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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Out of curiosity...what year did the Mid Year  high HP Big Blocks all come from the factory with the license plate NOT LOCATED IN THE CENTER but off to the drivers side of the car ?  only seen 2 in my life...but can not remember what year?

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5/19/08 8:14pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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hhhmmmmm Bob, never seen that.  According to all the pictures i have in all my books , not one is shown like that. Could that have been an owner mod for some reason!  Anyone else have an idea?

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5/19/08 9:29pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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I have seen some Mid-Years with the plate to the side, but I've never really thought anything about it...might be worth a little investigation...

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5/19/08 10:33pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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I always wondered why Corvette only built 2 of the alum. engines.
Were there heat problems?


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5/19/08 11:49pm - Reply: 'Most Powerful 'Vette (C3 and below)'
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No..they only SOLD two because of the cost...the engine option ALONE was almost as much as the car...

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