Chevy engines have always been a forerunner in the American muscle department, and over the years they’ve built quite the legacy. When it comes to classic performance, iconic big-block platforms like the LT1 or the 454s come to mind. However, one of the most popular engines Chevy gave us was the 427.
The 427-cubic inch engine was made available to the public in 1966, and shortly thereafter began winning over quite the crowd. The reasons for its popularity were both its power out of the box and the level of flexibility it offered, in terms of potential and application.
Of the various setups available, the L88 is by far the most legendary. It was offered exclusively in the ’67 to ’69 model year Corvettes, and only to satisfy the SCCA requirement of being a standard factory option. In fact, Chevy even discouraged orders of the L88 Corvettes, considering that the engine was designed as a full-competition powerhouse. Only 20 L88s were produced in 1967.
Nowadays, scoring an original L88 would be equivalent to winning the lottery. However, Chevy has revived that epic L88 spirit for the enthusiast, and it lives on in their ZZ427 tribute. The ZZ427 embodies all the grandeur of its precursor, but does so with a bit of a modern touch.
Pace Performance can let you in on the legend, with any of the four ZZ427 variations they offer. With a single-carb, dual quad, and even an EFI platform, they have everything you need to drop this 505 horsepower motor into your ride.
All four of these engines include the Pace engine prep and oil priming service to get you started. They also offer connect and cruise packages, with 4, 5, and 6 speed transmission such as a 4L80E or T56, so you can get on the road even quicker.
If you’re one of the many L88 engine fans, you definitely can’t go wrong with this recreation. So be sure to check out Pace Performance’s ZZ427s and see what the modernized-icon can do for you.