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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 1986 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

Serial Numbers
Coupe1G1YY218xH5100001 - 1G1YY218xH5130632
Convertible1G1YYx182H5100001 - 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.

Serial Number Decoder

11US built
2GGeneral Motors Product
31Chevrolet Motor Division Vehicle
4YType of restraint system
62 or 3Body Style Number
2 = Two door hatchback style 07, 08, 77, or 87
3 = Two door convertible style 67
71 or 21=Manual seat belts
2=Automatic seat belts
885.7-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
10HThe model year where 1987
115Bowling Green, Kentucky
12-17100001 and upProduction Sequence for Coupes and Convertibles

Engine Serial Number Decoder

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.

CodeEngineHorsepowerCompressionTransmissionFuel SupplyExtra Features
ZJNL98 350-cid240-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port Injection
ZLCL98 350-cid240-hp V-89.5:1ManualTuned Port InjectionEngine Oil Cooler
ZLBL98 350-cid240-hp V-89.5:1;Tuned Port InjectionFor Export
ZLAL98 350-cid240-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port Injection

Production Options

1YY07Base Coupe$27,999.00 20,007 65.3%
1YY67Base Convertible$33,172.00 10,625 34.7%
AC1Power Passenger Seat$240.00 17,124 55.9%
AC3Power Driver Seat$240.00 29,561 96.5%
AQ9Leather Sport Seats$1,025.00 14,119 46.1%
AR9Base Leather Seats$400.00 14,579 47.6%
AU3Power Door Locks$190.00 29,748 97.1%
B2KCallaway Twin Turbo$19,995.00 184 0.6%
B4PRadiator Boost Fan$75.00 7,291 23.8%
C2LDual Removable Roof Panels$915.00 5,017 16.4%
24SRemovable Roof Panel, blue tint$615.00 8,883 29.0%
64SRemovable Roof Panel, bronze tint$615.00 5,766 18.8%
C68Electronic Air Conditioning$150.00 20,875 68.1%
D74Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror$58.00 14,992 48.9%
D84Two-Tone Paint (coupe)$428.00 1,361 4.4%
DL8Twin Remote Heated Mirrors (convert.)$35.00 6,840 22.3%
FG3Delco Bilstein Shock Absorbers$189.00 1,957 6.4%
G92Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1$22.00 7,285 23.8%
KC4Engine Oil Cooler$110.00 6,679 21.8%
K34Cruise Control$185.00 29,594 96.6%
MD8Automatic Trans.$0.00 26,334 86.0%
MM44-spd, Manual Trans.$0.00 4,229 13.8%
NN5California Emission Requirements$99.00 5,423 17.7%
UL5Radio DeleteN/A 247 0.8%
UM6AM-FM Stereo Cassette$132.00 2,182 7.1%
UU8Delco Bose Stereo System$905.00 27,721 90.5%
VB4Gulf States ExportN/A 3 0.0%
VD1European ExportN/A 20 0.1%
VE1Japanese ExportN/A 25 0.1%
V01Heavy Duty Radiator$40.00 7,871 25.7%
VT7Unregulated ExportN/A 10 0.0%
Z49Canadian ExportN/A 1,553 5.1%
Z51Performance Handling Pkg. (coupe)$795.00 1,596 5.2%
Z52Sport Handling Pkg. (coupe)$470.00 12,662 41.3%
Z6ARear Window/Side Mirror Defoggers (coupe)$165.00 19,043 62.2%
AX4European Belt SystemN/A N/A N/A
C49Electric Rear DefoggerN/A N/A N/A
DD9Electric Outside Rear View MirrorsN/A N/A N/A
K05Engine Block HeaterN/A N/A N/A
L98Engine, 5.7L V8, TPIN/A N/A N/A
MX0Auto. Transmission w/ OverdriveN/A N/A N/A
NM5Canadian Export Emission Reg.N/A N/A N/A
NM8Export Emission SystemN/A N/A N/A
QZDP255/50VR16, Steel Belt Radial TiresN/A N/A N/A
T72Left Rule of Road HeadlampsN/A N/A N/A
T89Tail/Stop Lamp Assembly, EuropeanN/A N/A N/A
UD2Alarm/Vhile Speed (105 KH)N/A N/A N/A
UJ6Low Tire Pressure IndicatorN/A N/A N/A
UK1Japanese Radio FrequencyN/A N/A N/A
UL2European Radio FrequencyN/A N/A N/A
U18Export SpeedometerN/A N/A N/A
VD1European ModificationsN/A N/A N/A
VE1Japanese ModificationsN/A N/A N/A
V70Front Tow Hook - ExportN/A N/A N/A
T84Left Rule of Road HeadlampsN/A N/A N/A

Color Options for 1987

Soft Top Color
Interior Color
13USilver Metallic$0.00BK-WGR-MG239538 777 2.5%
18UMedium Gray Metallic$0.00BK-WGR-MG-R770265 1,035 3.4%
20Unassau Blue Metallic$0.00BK-WB-GR1,798879 2,668 8.7%
35UYellow$0.00BK-WGR572479 1,051 3.4%
40UWhite$0.00B-S-WB-BR-GR-MG-R-S1,6511,446 3,097 10.1%
41UBlack$0.00BK-S-WGR-MG-R-S3,1211,980 5,101 16.7%
53UGold Metallic$0.00BK-SGR-S264133 397 1.3%
59USilver Beige Metallic$0.00BKBR-GR788162 950 3.1%
66UDark Orange Metallic$0.00BK-SGR-S5235 87 0.3%
69UDark Beige Metallic$0.00GR-SBK-S14798 245 0.8%
74UFlame Red Metallic$0.00BK-S-WGR-S3,9111,667 5,578 18.2%
81UBright Red$0.00BK-S-WGR-R-S5,0433,242 8,285 27.0%
18LSilver/Gray 2-Tone$0.00N/AGR-MG-R4030 403 1.3%
41LGray/Black 2-Tone$0.00N/AGR-MG3160 316 1.0%
13LWhite/Silver 2-Tone$0.00N/AGR-MG1950 195 0.6%
69LLt. & Dk. Beige 2-Tone$0.00N/ABR4470 447 1.5%
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

12CGraphite Cloth$0.00 N/A N/A
15CMedium Gray Cloth$0.00 N/A N/A
21CBlue Cloth$0.00 N/A N/A
62CSaddle Cloth$0.00 N/A N/A
65CBronze Cloth$0.00 N/A N/A
122Graphite Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
152Medium Gray Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
212Blue Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
622Saddle Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
652Bronze Leather$0.00 N/A N/A
732Red Leather$0.00 N/A N/A

Convertible Top Colors


1987 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Wheelbase96.2 inches (2.443 m)
Overall length176.5 inches (4.483 m)
Overall width71.0 inches (1.803 m)
Overall height46.4 inches (1.179 m) ;
Front tread59.6 inches (1.514 m)
Rear tread60.4 inches (1.534 m)
Standard Wheel size16 x 8.5 inches
Standard TiresP245/50VR-16 or P255/50VR-16 SBR
Steeringrack and pinion (power assisted)
Front suspensionSingle fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring with unequal-length aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionFully independent five-link system with transverse fiberglass single-leaf springs, aluminum upper/lower trailing links and strut-rod tie-rod assembly
BrakesFour-wheel power disc
Body constructionUnibody with partial front frame
Fuel tank20 US Gal (16.7 Imp Gal) (76 liters)

Engine Specifications

FeatureBase Engine RPO L98
TypeV-8, 90-degree Overhead valve
BlockCast Iron Block with Aluminum Cylinder Head
Displacement350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke4.00" x 3.48"
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Brake Horsepower240 @ 4000
Torque345 lb-ft @ 3200
Main Bearingfive
Valve Liftershydraulic
Fuel SupplyTuned-port induction (TPI) system

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