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A thread for debating 'vette years

'62 was good for split-window, good for 327, and IIRC the independent rear suspension. But unacceptable for drum brakes only.
'65 was good for new 4-wheel disc brakes, the new 396, the new TH400, and the last year for the fuel-injected 327 / 375 HP. Still unacceptable because they can't fit wide tires.
'68 was good because they could now fit 255/60R15x8s, which weren't offered for a decade, but could be done. But unacceptable because they're priced beyond the reach of the 99%
'80 was good because it was the lightest and best-aero of that generation, while still offering the 230-HP L82 350 with a Super-T10 or a TH350.
'82 was good for offering a liftable back window and a primitive version of the 700R-4
'84 was great for every reason then possible. But most especially for the rock-hard springs with the Z51 option, making it ready for an iron-headed big block.
'85 was good for the TPI, the huge Z51 anti-roll bars which replaced the stiff springs, again helpful for big block swaps.
'86 was good for the convertible, not as a convertible, but as the removable hardtop option looks so right. Just weld it on.
'87 was good for the new roller lifters.
'88 was good for the revised suspension with new optional big brakes, including 17x9.5" wheels all around, all 3 of these changes help with big block swaps. And remember the 1-year-only 16" wheels, though optional 9.5"-wide rears weren't offered. And sadly the 16s won't fit with the big brakes.
'89 was good for the ZF, which wasn't that good, but with it came the Dana 44 independent differential. Which made possible the Viper.
'92 was good for the re-style and the traction control, and the worst LT1.
'93 was good for an improved camshaft, improving the low-end torque from 330@4000 in '92, to 340@3600 in '93. Also the Ruby Red anniversary thing was neat, but the new standard 17x8.5" front wheels made ordering the z51 option necessary to get the 9.5s all around.
'95 was ideal because the big brakes became standard, the opti-spark was fixed, and there was no OBD-II.
The end.
The LS2 was good, and looked good, but the transmission migrated south where it doesn't belong and has no business.
The ZR1 has the same problem, and those rectangular intake ports hurt low-RPM torque, which is the whole entire point of a relatively large V8. But the fact of 638 HP is neat, and so are the way-overpriced carbon ceramic brakes that are very light and way harder to fade. At least the ZR1 looks good and embarassed the new Skyline R35 GTR and the best Murciellago and the best 911 turbo GT2 thing. But the pricing is 50% profit!

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Well, 1963 was the split window. 61-62 are my favorite years with C-1 front styling and C-2 rear. 1967 for the big-block with the stinger hood.
On C-3's you can actually go 275-50-15 tires in the rear with no modifications (been running that size on mine since 1986). Also 68-72 T-top cars with the removeable rear window.
Since I'm into the older cars, after 1975 (the last convertible until 1986), I loose a bit of interest until the C-5's...Chevrolet did their home work on those with a great combination of engine/suspension & power to weight ratio.
Not a big fan of C-6 styling...But some great engines available

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I'm sorry, they didn't make a Vette after 67', at least I have never seen one.

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'62 was good for split-window, good for 327, and IIRC the independent rear suspension. But unacceptable for drum brakes only.
'65 was good for new 4-wheel disc brakes, the new 396, the new TH400, and the last year for the fuel-injected 327 / 375 HP. Still unacceptable because they can't fit wide tires.
'68 was good because they could now fit 255/60R15x8s, which weren't offered for a decade, but could be done. But unacceptable because they're priced beyond the reach of the 99%
'80 was good because it was the lightest and best-aero of that generation, while still offering the 230-HP L82 350 with a Super-T10 or a TH350.
'82 was good for offering a liftable back window and a primitive version of the 700R-4
'84 was great for every reason then possible. But most especially for the rock-hard springs with the Z51 option, making it ready for an iron-headed big block.
'85 was good for the TPI, the huge Z51 anti-roll bars which replaced the stiff springs, again helpful for big block swaps.
'86 was good for the convertible, not as a convertible, but as the removable hardtop option looks so right. Just weld it on.
'87 was good for the new roller lifters.
'88 was good for the revised suspension with new optional big brakes, including 17x9.5" wheels all around, all 3 of these changes help with big block swaps. And remember the 1-year-only 16" wheels, though optional 9.5"-wide rears weren't offered. And sadly the 16s won't fit with the big brakes.
'89 was good for the ZF, which wasn't that good, but with it came the Dana 44 independent differential. Which made possible the Viper.
'92 was good for the re-style and the traction control, and the worst LT1.
'93 was good for an improved camshaft, improving the low-end torque from 330@4000 in '92, to 340@3600 in '93. Also the Ruby Red anniversary thing was neat, but the new standard 17x8.5" front wheels made ordering the z51 option necessary to get the 9.5s all around.
'95 was ideal because the big brakes became standard, the opti-spark was fixed, and there was no OBD-II.
The end.
The LS2 was good, and looked good, but the transmission migrated south where it doesn't belong and has no business.
The ZR1 has the same problem, and those rectangular intake ports hurt low-RPM torque, which is the whole entire point of a relatively large V8. But the fact of 638 HP is neat, and so are the way-overpriced carbon ceramic brakes that are very light and way harder to fade. At least the ZR1 looks good and embarassed the new Skyline R35 GTR and the best Murciellago and the best 911 turbo GT2 thing. But the pricing is 50% profit!
63 was the split window not 62. 63 split window is my favorite and the only style I like.
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