Everything You Want to Know About the 1987 Corvette, All in One Place.
During the middle of the 1986 model year, General Motors had acquired a controlling interest in Lotus; a small, British automotive manufacturing company. Already known around the world for having an enviable reputation in Formula One Grand Prix racing and building some truly amazing automobiles, General Motors saw in their acquisition the opportunity to explore advancements in their own engine development programs.
In fact, Tony Rudd, Lotus’s technical director, had entered into an agreement with GM to design twin-cam, sixteen-valve cylinder heads for the L98 engine. The challenge that they were to be faced with was how to squeeze the additional hardware into an already limited amount of engine space.
At the same time, other significant advancements were being made within the existing Corvette program. The return of the Corvette Convertible in 1986 had represented the first re-uniting of the coupe and the convertible (offered in the same model year) in more than a decade. Despite less than stellar sales numbers in its first year, the return of the convertible option was well received by critics and Corvette enthusiasts alike.
Many Corvette purists pointed out that the Corvette had began its existence as a convertible, and it seemed only logical that General Motors should continue to offer the convertible option as part of the Corvette’s heritage. In fact, many Corvette enthusiasts had strongly criticized the absence of a convertible option when it had been previously discontinued at the onset of the 1976 model year.