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Old 12-08-2004, 11:16 AM
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409 Corvette?

I've come across a book entitled, "Sixty Years of Chevrolet", by George Damman. It was published in '72.

Of interest was a comment that in '62 the standard Corvette engine was the new 327. However, the book claims that "all larger V-8s, to include the new fuel injected 409 were available as options".

I've never heard of that and I'm doubting it is true.

Can anyone confirm?

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I have never ever heard of a 409 Corvette, don't believe it was ever an option either.

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Old 12-08-2004, 11:58 AM
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Only 327's were available that year however fuel injection was an option. They ranged from 250-360 hp depending on what options you choose.

To my knowledge, no Vette has ever offcially had a 409.

They had a 235 I-6 in 53 and a 265 V8 later in 55 I believe.

Then it was 283's, 327's, 350's, 396's and 427's as time went on. Wouldn't mind having on of those L88 engines. Factory 12.5:1 compression boasting 560hp (available in 1967). What a rocket that thing must have been. I have a book that goes through the history of American cars. They list good news and bad news about each car. I always get a giggle when I read the bad news about the 67 L88 Vette "Bad news: Only for anything trying to keep up". The ended the Vette information in that book with the 88 Zr1 which was also the fastest Corvette in production up to that date.
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Old 12-08-2004, 02:07 PM
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409 was never offered in a vette
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Old 12-08-2004, 02:24 PM
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Ditto with the above. It was Never thought of, to much weight.
I had a 348 in a 49 Ford in 67' and picked on a few of those 427's.
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Old 12-08-2004, 02:56 PM
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Picked on a few of the L88 427's? Ya sure? Only 20 were made . However thats still very good of the 348 as many of the other more common 427's were in the 450 hp range.
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Gee mr knowitall what 20 of the 4 different 427 motors available for 67 are you talking about?
IL ... 427..390 .. 1x4BC, Spec. Cam, Hyd. Lfts & 4-Spd
IM . 427..390 .. 1x4BC, Sp Cam, Hyd Lfts, K19, 4-Spd
IQ .. 427..390 . 1x4BC, Spec. Cam, Hyd. Lfts, Auto
IR .. 427..390 .. 1x4BC, Spc Cam, Hyd. Lfts, K19, Auto
JC .. 427..400 .. L36 Engine w/3x2BC &4-Speed
JF ...427 ..400.. L36 Engine w/3x2BC, K19 & 4-Speed
JD .. 427..400.. L36 Enginew/3x2BC & Powerglide
JG .. 427..400.. L36 Enginew/3x2BC, K19 & Powerglide
JE .. 427..435.. 3x2BC, Mech. Lifters & 4-Speed
JA .. 427..435. 3x2BC, Mech. Lifters, K19 & 4-Speed
IU .. 427..435...3x2BC, L71 Enginew/Alum. Hds, 4-Spd
JH... 427..435..3x2, L71 Eng. w/Alum. Hds, K19, 4-Sp
IT .. 427..430*. 1x4BC, Heavy-Duty Eng, M22 4-Speed

1966 VettesIL .. 427...390... Special Cam, Hyd. Lifters & 4-Speed
IM . 427..390 .. Special Cam, Hyd. Lifters, K19,4-Spd
IQ . 427 ..390 ...Special Cam, Hyd. Lifters, Powerglide*
IR . 427 ..390 ...Special Cam, Hyd. Lifters, K19, Prgld*
IP . 427 ..425 .. Special Cam, Mech. Lifters & 4-Speed
IK . 427..425 .. Special Cam, Mech. Lifters, M22 4-Spd

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Picked on a few of the L88 427's? Ya sure? Only 20 were made .
and only 7 are still known to exist.


An old friend of mine, Marvin Sterling, drag raced in the Sports Car class in the 60's with I believe a 62 vette that had a 409(that he put in). I think he told me the class was closed after 5 years, he held the fastest trap speed and 1/4 time for the class until it closed.
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I had a '66 "IP" code 427 fastback that my wife bought for me when I graduated from college in '71. I had to make the payments but she purchased the car. That's why I've kept her for 33 years. Wish I had kept the car. Could have sold it and paid off my house.

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Allow me to correct my mistake. It appears only 20 were made in 1967. 216 total were produced between 67 and 69. Of the engines you listed 1BAD80 I cant tell you which if any is the L88 as I dont know what letter code was listed on the L88 engines. I dont pretend to be an expert on it, just going off of books I've read and history I've studied.

I meant no disrespect by my comment earlier. I apologize if you took offense.
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The letter's are the option codes for the motors.
Here is some good reading if you want it.
http://rowleycorvette.com/stats67.html
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I believe Duntov would have left Chevrolet if they had put the 409 in the Corvette.

As far as I know, no production 409 had fuel injection.
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The information I was going off of came out of the Encyclopedia of American Cars. I'd hope they had done their research before publishing such information but I guess you never know.
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They brought out the 427's in production 67' , what IM saying is the 427 was more than just a few hundred, maybe the special racing ones are the ones Siggy is talking about.
So I may not be the expert as a legion in my own mind on how many special race versions were available but I was racing them back in 67' like I thought.
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nope...ni FI 409s
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