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The 1987 Chevrolet Corvette

1987 Maroon Corvette Convertible

The 1987 Chevrolet Corvette got new roller lifters in the engine giving the engine 240 horsepower 5 more than the 1996 model. A new optional a tire pressure monitor was only installed on approximately 41 cars before a design flaw was discovered that could set off the monitor in other cars that were near the car with the problem. The tire pressure monitor did not come back until 1989. The new Z52 sport handling package which included some of the Z51 components with the softer base model suspension. The Z52 option included a radiator boost fan and heavy duty radiator, engine oil cooler, Bilstein shock absorbers, larger 16 x 9.5 in. wheels, thicker front stabilizer bars, 13:1 steering ratio. Both the Z51 and Z52 options included new structural enhancements to increase ridigidity, these enhancements were developed for the convertible and were added to coupes when Z51 or Z52 were ordered. A new option B2K could be ordered, when ordered the finished Vette was shipped to Callaway Engineering in Connecticut for modifications. This $51,000 option included the addition of twin-turbos which resulted in 345 horsepower. The first 4 twin-turbos used re-worked truck blocks but the rest used the production Vette engine. 123 Callaway coupes and 65 Callaway convertibles were produced.
Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1987 Corvettes Built - 30,632
Total 1987 Coupes - 20,007
Total 1987 Convertibles - 10,625

Coupe Serial Numbers: 1G1YY218xH5100001 - 1G1YY218xH5130632
Convertible Serial Numbers: 1G1YYx182H5100001 - 1G1YY218xH5130632

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.
Position Character Description
1 1 US built
2 G General Motors Product
3 1 Chevrolet Motor Division Vehicle
4 Y Type of restraint system
5 Y Corvette
6 2 or 3 Body Style Number
2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
3 = Two door convertible style 67
7 1 or 2 1=Manual seat belts
2=Automatic seat belts
8 8 5.7-liter Tuned-Port-Injection Chevrolet or GM of Canada V8
9 ? A check digit that calculates the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code and can be used to verify that the serial number is legitimate
10 H The model year where 1987
11 5 Bowling Green, Kentucky
12-17 100001 and up Production Sequence for Coupes and Convertibles

Engine Serial Number

1987 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number. The date code the engine was manufactured was also cast into the block. The engine serial number includes a production sequence number starting with 0001001 and one of the suffixes below.

Code Engine Horsepower Compression Transmission Fuel Supply Extra features
ZJN L98 350-cid 240-hp V-8 9.5:1 Turbo-Hydramatic Automatic Tuned Port Injection ;
ZLC L98 350-cid 240-hp V-8 9.5:1 Manual Tuned Port Injection Engine Oil Cooler
ZLB L98 350-cid 240-hp V-8 9.5:1 ; Tuned Port Injection For Export
ZLA L98 350-cid 240-hp V-8 9.5:1 Turbo-Hydramatic Automatic Tuned Port Injection

Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
1YY07 Base Coupe $27,999 20,007
1YY67 Base Convertible $33,172 10,625
AC1 Power Passenger Seat $240 17,124
AC3 Power Driver Seat $240 29,561
AQ9 Leather Sport Seats $1,025 14,119
AR9 Base Leather Seats $400 14,579
AU3 Power Door Locks $190 29,748
B2K Callaway Twin Turbo $19,995 184
B4P Radiator Boost Fan $75 7,291
C2L Dual Removable Roof Panels $915 5,017
24S Removable Roof Panel, blue tint $615 8,883
64S Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint $615 5,766
C68 Electronic Air Conditioning $150 20,875
D74 Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror $58 14,992
D84 Two-Tone Paint (coupe) $428 1,361
DL8 Twin Remote Heated Mirrors (convert.) $35 6,840
FG3 Delco Bilstein Shock Absorbers $189 1,957
G92 Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1 $22 7,285
KC4 Engine Oil Cooler $110 6,679
K34 Cruise Control $185 29,594
MD8 Automatic Trans. $0.00 26,334
MM4 4-spd, Manual Trans. $0.00 4,229
NN5 California Emission Requirements $99 5,423
UL5 Radio Delete $-256 247
UM6 AM-FM Stereo Cassette $132 2,182
UU8 Delco Bose Stereo System $905 27,721
VB4 Gulf States Export N/A 3
VD1 European Export N/A 20
VE1 Japanese Export N/A 25
V01 Heavy Duty Radiator $40 7,871
VT7 Unregulated Export N/A 10
Z49 Canadian Export N/A 1,553
Z51 Performance Handling Pkg. (coupe) $795 1,596
Z52 Sport Handling Pkg. (coupe) $470 12,662
Z6A Rear Window/Side Mirror Defoggers (coupe) $165 19,043
AX4 European Belt System N/A N/A
C49 Electric Rear Defogger N/A N/A
DD9 Electric Outside Rear View Mirrors N/A N/A
K05 Engine Block Heater N/A N/A
L98 Engine, 5.7L V8, TPI N/A N/A
MX0 Auto. Transmission w/ Overdrive N/A N/A
NM5 Canadian Export Emission Reg. N/A N/A
NM8 Export Emission System N/A N/A
QZD P255/50VR16, Steel Belt Radial Tires N/A N/A
T72 Left Rule of Road Headlamps N/A N/A
T89 Tail/Stop Lamp Assembly, European N/A N/A
UD2 Alarm/Vhile Speed (105 KH) N/A N/A
UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Indicator N/A N/A
UK1 Japanese Radio Frequency N/A N/A
UL2 European Radio Frequency N/A N/A
U18 Export Speedometer N/A N/A
VD1 European Modifications N/A N/A
VE1 Japanese Modifications N/A N/A
V70 Front Tow Hook - Export N/A N/A
T84 Left Rule of Road Headlamps N/A N/A

Color Options for 1987

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
RPO Exterior Interior Soft Top Coupe Conv. Production
13U Silver Metallic GR-MG BK-W 239 538 777
18U Medium Gray Metallic GR-MG-R BK-W 770 265 1,035
20U nassau Blue Metallic B-GR BK-W 1,798 879 2,668
35U Yellow GR BK-W 572 479 1,051
40U White B-BR-GR-MG-R-S B-S-W 1,651 1,446 3,097
41U Black GR-MG-R-S BK-S-W 3,121 1,980 5,101
53U Gold Metallic GR-S BK-S 264 133 397
59U Silver Beige Metallic BR-GR BK 788 162 950
66U Dark Orange Metallic GR-S BK-S 52 35 87
69U Dark Beige Metallic BK-S GR-S 147 98 245
74U Flame Red Metallic GR-S BK-S-W 3,911 1,667 5,578
81U Bright Red GR-R-S BK-S-W 5,043 3,242 8,285
18L Silver/Gray 2-Tone GR-MG-R N/A 403 0 403
41L Gray/Black 2-Tone GR-MG N/A 316 0 316
13L White/Silver 2-Tone GR-MG N/A 195 0 195
69L Lt. & Dk. Beige 2-Tone BR N/A 447 0 447

Color Codes: B=Blue, BK=Black, BR=Bronze, C=Cloth, GR=Graphite, L=Leather, MG=Medium Gray, R=Red, S=Saddle, W=White
The last four RPOs have two paint colors in each. These are two-tone paint jobs that have one color on the top of the car and the other on the bottom.
Interior Colors

RPO Color Production
12C Graphite Cloth N/A
15C Medium Gray Cloth N/A
21C Blue Cloth N/A
62C Saddle Cloth N/A
65C Bronze Cloth N/A
122 Graphite Leather N/A
152 Medium Gray Leather N/A
212 Blue Leather N/A
622 Saddle Leather N/A
652 Bronze Leather N/A
732 Red Leather N/A

Convertible Top Color Codes

RPO Color Production
N/A Black 4,748
N/A Saddle 1,719
N/A White 4,158

1987 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Coupe Convertible
Wheelbase 96.2 inches (2.443 m)
Overall length 176.5 inches (4.483 m)
Overall width 71.0 inches (1.803 m)
Overall height 46.4 inches (1.179 m) ;
Front tread 59.6 inches (1.514 m)
Rear tread 60.4 inches (1.534 m)
Standard Wheel size 16 x 8.5 inches
Standard Tires P245/50VR-16 or P255/50VR-16 SBR
Steering rack and pinion (power assisted)
Front suspension Single fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring with unequal-length aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Fully independent five-link system with transverse fiberglass single-leaf springs, aluminum upper/lower trailing links and strut-rod tie-rod assembly
Brakes Four-wheel power disc
Body construction Unibody with partial front frame
Fuel tank 20 US Gal (16.7 Imp Gal) (76 liters)

Engine Specifications

Engine; Base Engine RPO L98
Type V-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
Block Cast Iron Block with Aluminum Cylinder Head
Displacement 350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke 4.00" x 3.48"
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Brake Horsepower 240 @ 4000
Torque 345 lb-ft @ 3200
Main Bearing five
Valve Lifters hydraulic
Fuel Supply Tuned-port induction (TPI) system
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