C2 & C3 Corvette ride height guide

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of all available ride heights for 1964-1982 Corvettes, taken from their respective Assembly Instruction Manuals.

Notice that the measurements get simpler as the years progress. The early years are very thorough, including how various options will affect ride height. The later years? Not so much.

Measurements are curb measurements, meaning that oil, coolant and gas are at full capacities.

Year Options/Notes Front Rear
1964-1974: measurements taken
behind front wheel well <F> and in front of rear wheel well <R>
1964 base 8.6″ 8.79″
1965 base 8.6″ 9.16″
1966 base 8.67″ 9.16″
M35 (automatic) 8.61″ 9.14″
N40 (power steering) 8.57″ 9.12″
L36 – L72 (big block) 8.52″ 9.05″
L79 (327/350) 8.52″ 9.14″
C07 (hardtop convertible) 8.55″ 9.00″
C60 (327 w/ air) 7.94″ 8.92″
C60 (427 w/ air) 8.63″ 9.10″
1967 base 8.67″ 9.16″
M35 (automatic) 8.62″ 9.14″
N40 (power steering) 8.59″ 9.12″
L36 – L72 (big block) 8.54″ 9.05″
L79 (327/350) 8.61″ 9.14″
C07 (hardtop convertible) 8.52″ 9.00″
C60 (327 w/ air) 8.11″ 8.92″
C60 (427 w/ air) 8.64″ 9.10″
1968 base coupe 8.24″ 8.15″
327 w/ air 8.21″ 8.08″
base convertible 8.20″ 8.05″
convertible 327 w/air 8.17″ 7.99″
L79 (327/350) 8.20″ 8.12″
L79 w/ air 8.17″ 8.06″
L79 convertible 8.15″ 8.03″
L79 convertible w/ air 8.12″ 7.97″
L36 (427/390) 8.08″ 8.02″
L36 w/ air 8.05″ 7.96″
L36 convertible 8.03″ 7.92″
L36 convertible w/ air 8.01″ 7.87″
L68 (427/400) 8.20″ 8.07″
L68 w/ air 8.16″ 8.01″
L68 convertible 8.15″ 7.97″
L68 convertible w/ air 8.12″ 7.92″
L71 (427/435) 8.18″ 8.06″
L71 convertible 8.14″ 7.97″
L71 w/ F41 suspension 7.14″ 7.51″
L71 convertible w/ F41
suspension
7.12″ 7.44″
L88 (427/430) 7.31″ 7.57″
L88 convertible 7.28″ 7.51″
1969 base coupe 8.03″ 7.98″
base coupe w/ air 8.01″ 7.92″
base convertible 8.14″ 7.92″
base convertible w/ air 8.11″ 7.86″
L46 (350/350) 8.03″ 7.96″
L46 w/ air 8.00″ 7.91″
L46 convertible 8.13″ 7.91″
L46 convertible w/ air 8.10″ 7.85″
L36 (427/390) 7.90″ 7.85″
L36 w/ air 7.86″ 7.79″
L36 convertible 7.99″ 7.80″
L36 convertible w/ air 7.94″ 7.73″
L68 (427/400) 7.86″ 7.84″
L68 w/ air 7.82″ 7.77″
L68 convertible 7.96″ 7.78″
L68 convertible w/ air 7.91″ 7.71″
L71 (427/435) 7.84″ 7.83″
L71 convertible 7.94″ 7.77″
L71 w/ F41 suspension 6.94″ 7.37″
L71 convertible w/ F41
suspension
7.00″ 7.34″
L88 (427/430) 7.31″ 7.53″
L88 convertible 7.37″ 7.49″
L89 (aluminum head L71) 8.12″ 7.94″
L89 convertible 8.21″ 7.89″
L89 coupe w/ F41 suspension 7.11″ 7.44″
L89 convertible w/ F41
suspension
7.55″ 7.60″
1970 base coupe 8.16″ 8.03″
base convertible 8.25″ 7.95″
base coupe w/ air 7.79″ 7.77″
base convertible w/ air 7.82″ 7.68″
base coupe w/ F41 suspension 7.55″ 7.60″
base convertible w/ F41
suspension
7.55″ 7.60″
1971 350/270 coupe 8.16″ 8.03″
350/270 convertible 8.25″ 7.95″
350/270 coupe w/ air 7.79″ 7.77″
350/270 convertible w/ air 7.82″ 7.68″
350/270 coupe w/ F41 suspension 7.55″ 7.60″
350/270 convertible w/ F41
suspension
7.55″ 7.60″
1972 coupe 7.91″ 7.89″
convertible 7.90″ 7.73″
F41 suspension 7.28″ 7.47″
1973 coupe 7.91″ 7.89″
convertible 7.90″ 7.73″
F41 suspension 7.28″ 7.47″
F70x15″ tires 8.46″ 8.34″
GR70x15″ tires 8.44″ 8.33″
1974 coupe 8.42″ 8.27″
convertible 8.18″ 8.13″
1975-1979: measurements taken
and front & rear bumper height
1975 coupe 16.73″ 15.14″
1976 coupe 16.97″ 15.38″
1977 coupe 16.97″ 15.38″
1978 coupe 16.97″ 15.38″
1979 coupe 16.97″ 15.38″
1980-1982: measurements taken at
front & rear impact bar points
1980 coupe 11.42″ 16.52″
1981 coupe 11.42″ 16.52″
1982 coupe 11.42″ 16.52″

5 thoughts on “C2 & C3 Corvette ride height guide

  1. Please provide more details on how to measure ride height on a 76. Specifically where on the bumpers are you measuring to?

      1. Please verify the front bumper height and where it is measured for a ’75 Coupe. The bottom of the rear bumper under the license plate is 14.625″ vs. the 15.14″ stated in the database, which is close. My front comes in at 11.625″ at the middle of the underside of the license/Corvette plate area. This is not even close to the stated 16.73″. Please advise, as I am considering adjusting my ride height.

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