While this small-block engine was an impressive powerhouse in its own right, Chevrolet had definitely recognized that the direction of the powerplant for the Corvettes would center around engine displacement, and so it was decided that all other, smaller engines would ultimately be abandoned in the Corvette line at the end of the 1965 model year. Interestingly, the retirement of the 327ci engine also brought with it the end of the use of fuel injection in Corvettes for the next twenty years.
Two-door convertible/coupe, front engine, rear wheel drive
St. Louis, Missouri
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP or “fiberglass”) body, all welded, full length, ladder construction frame with 5 cross-members. Front section flat;rear section contoured over rear axle. Side-rails and intermediate cross members box construction. Rear crossmember “C” shaped; front crossmember concave for engine clearance.
Type and Description: Independent, SLA type with coil spring and concentric shock absorber, and spherically-jointed steering knuckle, for each wheel.
Front Coil Springs
Make & Type
Right-hand Helix Variable rate
AISI A-5160, heat-treated
Spring Rate (lb. per in.)
195 lb. per in.
Rate at Wheel (lb. per in.)
80 lb. per in.
1340 lb. @ 8.56 in.
Front Shock Absorbers
Make & Type
Direct, double-acting, hydraulic; freon filled envelope in reservoir
Front Stabilizer Bar
Hot rolled steel
Suspension – Back
Type and Description: Full independant with frame-anchored differential. Locus of each wheel established by 3 links: universally-jointed axle drive shaft and adjacent strut, and torque control arm pivoted at frame side rail. Vertical suspension loads taken by shock absorbers and transversely-positioned leaf spring. Built-in camber adjustment at struts.
Rear Leaf Springs
Number of Leaves
Chrome carbon steel
Length, width, height
46.36 x 2.25 x 2.121
Caliper Disk – 4 Wheel Hydraulic
Drum diameter, front (in.):
Drum diameter, rear (in.):
Swept Drum Area Effective area:
Wheels & Tires
Wheels & Tires Specs
Short spoke spider, steel
Ribbed integral casting, aluminum, quick take-off
15″ x 5.5K
15″ x 6L
7.75 x 15 — 4 PR. 4-Ply Tubeless Rayon
7.75 x 15 — 4 PR. 4-Ply Blackwall Nylon
7.75 x 15 — 4 PR. 4-Ply Whitewall Rayon
7.75 x 15 — 4 PR. 4-Ply Goldwall Nylon
Semi-reversible, recirculating ball and nut steering gear with three-inch axial column adjustment
Wheel Diameter (in.)
Turns, Stop to Stop
Turning Diameter (curb to curb)
39.9 ft. (outside front), 41.6 ft. (outside front)