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Corvette Engines from the '70s

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By 1970 the 327 had been replaced by the 350, and the 427 by the 454 CID big block.  Here's a 1970 RPO LS5 rated at 390 HP (left) and a 1971 LS5 rated at 365 HP (right).  The feds and their emissions rules were starting take their toll on Corvette engines.

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Although horsepower was no longer in its glory, the early '70s had a bright spot: the 350 CID LT1.  Here are two examples from 1971 (left) and 1972 (right)  The '72 engine pictured is incorrectly configured without the A.I.R. pump; these were commonly removed by original owners because it was believed that any alterations to the engine which were installed for emissions control were a detriment to power.  That the '71 has this installed is a big plus to originality.  Thanks to Robert Eisner for this photo.

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The last LS5 in a 1972 Corvette.

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By 1973 only three engine options were available; two variations of the single four barrel 350 (RPOs L48 and L82) and one 454 (RPO LS4) shown above.  This was a detuned LS5 and was also offered in 1974.

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Here are two pictures of the L82 350 from 1978 and 1979 Corvettes.


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