Most commonly used Corvette terms.
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- Air Conditioning
- Anti-lock Braking System. Sensors monitored wheel
rotation and prevented
wheel lockup during braking.
- Automatic ride control
- Acceleration Slip Regulation
- Bloomington Award for gold certified and survivor
Block - Engines that started in 1965 with 396
cubic inches and progressed
to 427 cubic inches for 1966 and then to 454 cubic
inches from 1970
Brake - Big Brake option available on 1957
Tank - Optional larger gas tank, available 1959
- A major annual Corvette show, best known for its
system based on factory originality.
Flame - Six cylinder engine for 1953, 1954 and a
few 1955 Corvettes.
Off - Extensive restoration in which a Corvette
body is completely
removed from its frame.
Green - Location of the Corvette assemby plant
since 1981 (Kentucky).
On - Optional 1967 cast aluminum road
Marks - The marks on the deck of the block
including the stamp pad,
created by the factory machining operation.
Build sheet - (Tank Sticker) It lists all the
options the car
had originally. Starting in with '67s, it is glued to
the top of the
gas tank. Later years also may find them stashed
various places inside
- 1st generation Corvettes built from 1953 -1962. The
solid axle or
straight axle cars.
- 2nd generation Corvettes built from 1963 - 1967. Mid
Years and Sting
- 3rd generation Corvettes built from 1968 - 1982.
Includes 1968 Shark,
and 1969 - 1976 Stingray years.
- 4th generation Corvettes built from 1984 - 1996.
to as late-model Corvettes before the introduction of
- 5th generation Corvettes built from 1997 -
Twin Turbo - Engine conversion by Callaway
- Site of several auto events including a major annual
at the Carlisle, PA fairgrounds in late
Number - usually refers to the GM part number cast
into engine blocks,
but can refer to cast numbers on other
- Cross fire injection
- (CI) Cubic inch displacement of engine.
- 1953 through 1962 model Corvettes.
Edition - Specially equipped and trimmed 1982 or
- Soft top Corvettes built between 1956-1975, and
starting again in
- 1963-1967 fixed-top Corvettes; also T-top 1968-1982
models and removalbe-roof
panel 1984 and newer models.
Code - Almost every mechanical part made for a
Corvette has a date
code either cast or stamped into it. These are used by
to track quaility control. They are now used to
determine if the part
is probably correct for the Corvette it is installed
- Zora Arkus-Duntov 1909-1996. Legendary chief
engineer, called the
"father" of the Corvette.
Brake - All Corvettes built before 1965 have
- Engine identification number
- Extended Mobility Tires. Eliminates the use of spare
tires. Used on
- Michigan site of the firts Corvette assembly
facility. Also site of
GM engine plant which built most Corvette small blocks
- Factory optional accessory
+ Three - Doug Nash four spped manual transmission
with three overdrives
available in Corvettes from 1984 through
- (FI) Fuel Injection. Early cars 1957 - 1965 used
Certified - Top Bloomington award for factory
Line - Optional gold strip tire for 1965-1966
Sport - Five 1963 factory-built racers; also 1996
- Optional 1974 through 1982 suspension
- Removable auxillary hardtop available for 1956-
1975 and 1989-1996
convertibles; also new fixed-roof model introduced in
of the Hill - Designation for 1990 ZR-1
Offs - (KO) Knock Off Aluminum Wheel Option
Optional wheel available
during 1963 through 1966 Model years.
- 390 hp version of 427, used 1966 - 1969
- 350 hp version of the 327 from 1965-1968.
- Base engine in Corvettes from 1972-1979.
- 400 hp version of 427 in Corvettes from 1967 to
- 435 hp version of 427 from 1967-1969. The L71 used
three 2 bbl Holley
carbs on a low rise (almost flat) manifold with a
- 425 hp version of 427 in 1966.
- 300 hp version of 327 in 1963 to 1965 with a
- 340 hp version of 327 in 1963, 365 hp version in
1964 and 1965. These
had solid lifter cams.
- 425 hp version of the 396 used in 1965 Corvettes.
- 350 hp version of the 327 from 1965 to 1968 with a
- 350 hp motor used in the 70s up 'til '81.
- The L83 is the base, and only engine, in
the '82 and '84 Corvettes.
- The fuel injection engine in the Sting Ray.
- 430 hp version of the 427. The factory race
engine from 1967-1969.
With this option, the radio and heater were deleted.
- An aluminum head option on the L71 435 hp engine
from 1967-1969. Correctly,
it is the L71-L89 engine.
- Engine used from 86 until the LT-1 came out in '91.
- Limited Production Option
- 350 in the C5 Corvettes. It is a new design
from the old small
- 454 in 1970-1972 Corvettes, rated at 390 hp in gross
hp in 1970, 365
hp in '71, and 270 hp SAE Net in '72.
- 454 only available in '71 in Corvettes as a 425 hp
version with aluminum
- High performance engine option for 1970, 1971 and
1972. Also redesigned
base engine starting in 1992.
- High Performance engines for the 1990-1995 ZR-1.
Built by Mercury
M21 - Muncie 4-speeds used in early Vettes.
- Another Muncie 4-speed, known as the "Rock Crusher".
Numbers - VIN-derivitive stamped into engine
matches VIN; also can
refer to any stamped or cast codes indicating original
Year - 1963 through 1967 Corvettes.
- Manufacturers suggested retail price
- Technically accurate description for the feul
injection of 1985 and
newer models, but especially
- National Council of Corvette Clubs
- National Corvette Museum. Bowling Green,
- National Corvette Restorers Society
- Not Original Motor
- New Old Stock. Original parts used for assembly.
Brand new old parts.
- Original Equipment Manufacture. Parts manufactured
by GM or subcontractors.
Car - Limited edition replicas of Indianapolis
500 pace cars offered
in 1978, 1986, 1995 and 1998.
- (Posi) Limited slip differential.
- Alpha stamping into engine identifying engine build
- Metal warranty card which has the original
purchaser's name on it.
First included in 1965. Contains some basic
information about the options
of the car.
Jet - The Rochester fuel injection system used on
1957 - 1965 Corvettes.
Line - Optional 1967 through 1969 red stripe
- Part furnished by Chevrolet which fits and
functions, but doesn't
necessarily duplicate the original.
- Early Convertible Corvettes (1953-1955) were
referred to as roadsters.
Different than the traditional convertible as they had
no roll up windows.
Crusher - Heavy duty 4-speed manual transmission
(RPO M22) available
between 1966 and 1971.
- Engine plant source for 1997-1999 and most 2000
- Regular Production Option. Optional equipment that
available to the public.
Catharines - Engine plant source for some 2000
Louis - Site of Corvette assembly factory from
Ride - Adjustable shock absorber system first
introduced in 1990.
- 1968 Corvettes were designated Shark.
- Supplemental Inflatable restraunt (airbag)
introduced in 1990.
Pipe - Side mounted exhaust. Optional equipment
available on 1965
through 1967 and 1969.
Anniversary - Two-tone silver 1978 paint
Block - Chevrolet V-8 engines derived from the 265
cubic inch, block
design. Included 283s, 327s, 350s, and 400s.
Window Coupe - 1963, only Corvette Coupe with the
two piece rear
Ray - 1963 through 1967 Corvettes were designated
- 1969 - 1976 Corvettes were designated Stingray.
Axle - (Solid Axle) 1953 -1962 Corvettes. These
are the Corvettes
that predate the 4 wheel independent suspension of
1963 and later cars.
- Bloomington award for unrestored, mostly original
- The large 36 gallon fuel tank equipped
- Removable top panels. Two panels, one over the drive
seat and the
other over the passenger seat.
Sticker - (Build Sheet) It lists all the options
the car had originally.
Starting in with '67s, it is glued to the top of the
gas tank. Later
years also may find them stashed various places inside
- Teakwood steering wheel optional in 1965 and
- GM plant near Buffalo, NY.
Flight - NCRS judging award for factory
Plate - A Trim Plate was attached to each Corvette
that told what
the interior, exterior paint, body style, and body
build date was. In
Sting Rays, this is located under the dash next to the
VIN plate. In
Sharks, this is inside the drivers door hinge area.
- Engine setup with three 2 bbl Holley carbs on
manifold with a triangular-shaped
Port - 1985 through 1991 feul injection with
- The Internet's first Corvette only classified ads
site, debuted in
- Vehicle Identification Number
- The area between the seats of 1953-1962 and 1997-
2001 model years
of Corvette which cascades down from the rear deck and
sports the Corvette
- The term used by General Motors to designate the
upon which the Corvette sports car is built. The
Corvette has been a
"Y-Car" since its inception in 1953.
- Optional 1990-1995 Corvette model with 32-valve,
overhead cam engine;
also 1970 through 1972 engine optione (ZR1).
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