It was an exciting time in automobile manufacturing. Chevrolet, who had been taking on foreign competitors in the sportscar market since 1953, is now facing new competitors from American manufacturers. New brands were being introduced to appeal to younger buyers while Corvette was still solidifying its position in the market. In the face of these changes, Chevrolet was ready to embark on its third generation of Corvette. But there was one last hurrah for the beautiful last edition of the C2.
One of the most desired Corvettes, the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster 327/300 was the last model of the second generation of Corvettes that started production in 1963. In its fifth and final year, this sportscar has undergone many refinements and is considered by many as the epitome of a classic Corvette. This two-seat convertible may just be the poster child when one thinks of vintage American sportscars. The C2 models were manufactured in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sleek, sporty and sexy, the ’67 Corvette Roadster was everything youthful Americans were looking for in the mid-sixties, and remains a head-turner today. It is powered by a 327 cubic inch small block V8 (5.4 liters) engine. The 300 horsepower engine that was standard was impressive enough, but even larger big block 396 and 427 cubic inch engines were available. Due to its low profile, sleek design and minimal weight, however, the 327 provides more than ample enjoyment. Engines were paired with a choice of three or four speed manual transmissions or a two-speed Powerglide automatic.
The 1967 Corvette Roadster had a short 98 inch wheelbase although its body length was 179 inches. It stood at just 49 inches high. Just under 23,000 of these 1967 C2 Corvettes were produced and at the time sold for an MSRP of just about $4,300. Over the five-year production run of the 2nd generation Corvette, a grand total of 117,962 were produced.
Many options on this model would be standard today, including power steering and brakes. The optional side mount exhaust made for a nice sporty touch that made enjoying its 300 horsepower engine that much easier.
The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster has a design that has often been imitated, but never duplicated. It is a beautiful combination of style, performance art and engineering. Models maintained and/or restored to OEM standards are exceptionally valuable and remain in high demand. If you are looking to invest in an American classic automobile and have the resources, the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster should be on your radar.