The 327 engine as seen in the 1964 World's Fair Corvette
It's Still A Mystery
No one really knows where the 327 ENGINE originated. So, we have taken it upon ourselves to proclaim TODAY 3/27 as a way to celebrate this magnificent engine!
This fabulous 327 cu. in. V8 engine with a 4” bore and a 3.25” stroke was first introduced in the 1962 Corvette. This MIGHTY engine was affectionately referred to as “MIGHTY MOUSE” in its early days. This was, of course, after the lovable and invincible 1960s cartoon character.
As time ensued, the name was shortened to just “Mouse.” The 327 operated in the 210-375 hp range depending on the choice of carburetor or fuel injection, camshaft, cylinder heads, pistons and intake manifold.
The Most Powerful Small Block V8 For More Than 35 Years
As technology evolved, the peak horsepower jumped to 365 hp in 1964 for the now dubbed L-76 version. For those selecting a fuel injection engine, the power increased to 375 hp. This was for the L-84. This became the most powerful naturally aspirated, single-cam, production small block V8 until the Generation III LS6 was made in 2001. This engine was 385 hp, 385 lb.-ft.
Challenging The Big Blocks
Mighty Mouse received its name for a reason. The robust 327 Engine could give any of the big block engines a run for their money! The starwalt L79 327-350 was an extremely popular choice from 1965 to 1968. In 1966, Checker Taxi Cabs started offering the 327 Engine. The Avanti II and its successors were also powered by the 327 and later versions of the small block V8. Another interesting fact is in 1968, the 327 was exported to Australia and used in the Holden HK Monaro GTS327.
From the driver’s seat, the engine hum was like that of a purring cat. This heart-warming song is known to have instilled many with their lifelong passion for the Corvette. Among Corvette lovers, 3/27 is truly a very SPECIAL day to celebrate.
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