1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car

Hello Gearheads, today I am bringing you an amazing concept car that you simply have to see. This is the 1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car, which is currently on display at the National Corvette Museum. I saw this car in person, and it is quite unique.  I hope you will enjoy these photos and the unique story around this concept car from 1986.

Historic Corvette

Back in 1985, the folks at GM needed to find a way to show off some of their more interesting projects. They decided to build a couple of really cool cars to show off at the car show circuit to highlight what they were doing, One of these projects was the 1986 Corvette Indy. This concept would have a mid-engine layout and would also be all wheel drive. These were technologies that were still pretty uncommon in 1985, so these features alone drew attention. The team at Corvette wanted to highlight this and many other advanced features in their design, so they went to work designing and building the ultimate Corvette. Reportedly, the team worked hard and were able to move from clay model to a full scale car in just around 6 weeks, which must have meant they were really burning the midnight oil.

Concept Car and Technological Wonder

The 1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car featured some outrageous and unheard of advances for its time. The car featured a racing inspired 600hp twin turbo  265 cu.in. Indy V-8 engine which was mounted directly behind the drivers seat.  It also had features such as door mounted displays for climate control and audio controls, a CRT based instrument panel which was customizable, selectable all wheel steering, and Lotus active suspension.

The interesting thing about this suspension is that it did not actually have shock absorbers or coil springs. This suspension used computer processors to control hydraulics based on what the sensors detected. More amazingly, the car had a navigation screen, long before the GPS satellites were even available for use outside of military and government operations. It also had features such as traction control, which again was very uncommon in 1986. My personal favorite feature is that the car had a backup camera..in 1986! This was absolutely unheard of at that time.

Influential Corvette

Although this 600 horsepower monster never made it to production, you can see clearly that the styling and technological features did live on. The front end of this car looks similar to a mid 1990s Camaro, so the design did live on in that way. The features are now common in most cars, but in 1986 these features were futuristic. It is another example of how a concept car such as this 1986 Corvette Indy Concept Car can influence cars for generations to come. This technological and styling masterpiece was so advanced it would have cost a fortune to produce, sell, and honor a warranty for it. As such, it never saw the road. However, it is still an amazing piece of history that we can continue to admire in awe.

 

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe – Ultra Rare!

Alright, fellow gearheads, today I have for you the ultimate Corvette. You have all fantasized about it, dreamed about it, and wondered if it really exists. Today, I am going to show you the Corvette Stingray of legends. I present to you the fabled 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe 427 4 speed. This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe checks every box on the wish list for any collector. The Marina Blue paint with black interior is an option practically anyone can appreciate, as it is both subtle and beautiful. In addition to that, the person that originally ordered it checked all the right boxes when it came to choosing what options it would get.

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

Options List:

  • 1 of 20 produced
  • Factory side exhaust
  • Bloomington Gold Certified
  • Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1988, 1992 and 1998
  • Restored by the Naber Brothers
  • Documented with original fuel tank Sticker
  • L88 427/430 HP engine
  • M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed
  • F41 heavy duty suspension
  • J56 heavy duty brakes
  • J50 power brakes
  • K66 transistorized ignition
  • G81 4.11 Positraction rear end
  • A01 Soft Ray tinted glass
  • Marina Blue with Black stinger stripes
  • Black interior

Ultra Rare Corvette

The options list is impressive, and will make you drool..This is a rare factory side exhaust-equipped 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 427 Coupe, and one of only 20 made. It was one of the rare first-year L88 Corvettes, documented with the original tank sticker. This one was restored by the renowned Naber Brothers, and has been featured in several special collections over the past few decades. It was also featured in multiple Bloomington Gold Special Collections.

I think what makes this car so interesting is that the beautiful, calming blue paint and graceful lines make it look like it would be a quiet, peaceful ride. However, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Under that blue fiberglass hood lurks pure evil, which it can unleash at a moment’s notice.

Monster Corvette

This car was made to chew up the competition in one gulp. This is not an average Corvette – this is an L88 427 Corvette. Oddly enough, the 427 engine wasn’t even listed as an option in 1967 sales literature. The RPO L88 option was an option only available in the Corvette, and one of those options where you had to know it existed to get it. You had to check the box for the L88 option to get this engine, and it came as a package.

The L88 was a 12:5 -1 compression cast iron behemoth that came with aluminum heads, a solid lifter cam, and Holley 4 barrel as factory configuration. On top of that, it had headers that connected directly to the straight pipe side exhaust with basically no mufflers. This car was laughably underrated at 430HP at 5,200 RPMs, however it was known to deliver 560HP at 6,500 RPMs on a regular basis.

Can you imagine a solid lifter big block like this with side pipes at redline? This car made some SOUND! This car was built for racing, and not much else. For those of you that may not understand the technical details, just realize that this docile looking car was by no means docile. This was a roaring lion, ready to pounce on anything that moved. The L88 package was setup for racing from the factory, as the car did not have a radio, power steering, heater, or air conditioning available. It came with racing suspension and high performance tires as well.

Factory Race Car

The factory also deleted the fan shrouds, which made for a substantial weight loss, however this meant the car notoriously overheated in street traffic. It also did not have a choke, and with that big cam it was nearly impossible to keep this thing idling until it got warmed up.

I think the best way to know what this car was intended to do is to look at the factory sticker mounted by the 4 speed shifter. This car was not meant to be caged up in a school zone. The 427 wanted to go, and whether it was purchased for drag racing or NASCAR racing, it was ready to race. This is similar to another factory race car we covered a while back – not really ideal for the streets, but it was ready to race anytime.

 

Warning: Vehicle must operate on a fuel having a minimum of 103 research octane and 95 motor octane or serious engine damage may result

The fuel tank sticker shows that this 427 monster was originally ordered as a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe on February 16, 1967. Production on this particular car started nearly 2 months later, April 7, 1967. It was ordered with all the great options you see here, and was delivered to Bast Chevrolet of Seaforth, New York a short time later.

The dealership installed a roll bar and shoulder harness seat belt before delivering it to the person that ordered it. It enjoyed a successful racing career before being sold to a lady in Canada. She probably realized quickly that it was not much of a street car. As such, she sold it to the third owner in the US shortly after buying it.

Ultra Rare 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

This ultra rare Corvette 427 was cosmetically restored in the early 1980s. It then earned Bloomington Gold Certification in 1985 with a score of 95.9 points out of 100. This means it was almost totally original. In 1998, the car underwent a complete body-off restoration by Naber’s Motors Corvette Restorations in Houston, Texas.

After it was completely restored, it was sent back to Bloomington Gold as part of the “L88 Invasion” Special Collection. This rare 1967 L88 Corvette is still owned privately, and has come up for auction as recently as 2014. If you want to buy it, watch for it to come available on auction sites such as Mecum, but save your cash, as this car won’t be cheap.

1970 Corvette Stingray C3 Found WHERE?

1970 Corvette Stingray C3 Found WHERE?

This is a story about a 1970 C3 Corvette Stingray Custom Widebody. This is a very fast hot rod! The story of where it was found and what happened to it during its long life is certainly interesting, to say the least.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments down below! The last part of the video is pretty fascinating! I cannot believe the price, though!

He mentions it at the end…

 

 

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Top 10 Classic Muscle Cars List

Top 10 Classic Muscle Cars List

 

This video compiles the Top 10 Muscle Cars of the Classic Muscle Car Era!

Top 10 Classic Muscle Cars List – Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Chevelle, Pontiac GTO, Hemi..which one will reign supreme?

#6 may surprise you!

 

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