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The 1986 Chevrolet Corvette

1986 White Convertible Corvette

Welcome back the convertible in 1986, the first since 1975. The convertible Corvette was the pace car for the 70th annual Indy 500. All convertibles were designated Indy pace car replicas. The cars were shipped with the graphics in the trunk so the buyer could designate whether the graphics were applied or not. New aluminum cylinder heads were produced and added 5 horsepower to the engine but due to cracking they had to be re-designed. Only the last 8,594 cars were believed to have the aluminum heads, this included all the pace car convertibles. A new center brake light was added above the hatch to comply with new safety laws. A new ABS (anti-lock brake system) was standard, this prevented wheel lockup during heavy braking. The instrument cluster was tilted this year to prevent glare. The VATS security system became standard this year, this codes each key with an id that the car reads electronically to be sure it is the correct key before the engine will start. The sport seat is now the standard seat.

Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1986 Corvettes Built - 35,109

Total 1986 Coupes - 27,794
Total 1986 Convertibles - 7,315

Serial Numbers
Coupe1G1YY07x9G5100001 - 1G1YY07x9G5127794
Convertible1G1YY67x9G5900001 - 1G1YY67x9G5907315

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
6-707Body style number: two-door hatchback coupe
6-767Body style number: two-door convertible
885.7-liter Tuned-Port-Injection Chevrolet or GM of Canada V8
9A 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
10GThe model year G=1986
115Bowling Green, Kentucky
12-17100001 and upProduction Sequence for Coupes
12-17900001 and upProduction Sequence for Convertibles

Engine Serial Number Decoder

1986 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
DKFL98 350-cid230-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port InjectionCast Iron Cylinder Heads & engine oil cooler
DKCL98 350-cid230-hp V-89.5:1ManualTuned Port InjectionCast Iron Cylinder Heads
DKHL98 350-cid230-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port InjectionCast Iron Cylinder Heads & engine oil cooler
DKBL98 350-cid230-hp V-89.5:1ManualTuned Port InjectionCast Iron Cylinder Heads & engine oil cooler
ZJSL98 350-cid235-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port InjectionAluminum Cylinder Heads & engine oil cooler
ZJHL98 350-cid235-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port InjectionAluminum Cylinder Heads
ZKDL98 350-cid235-hp V-89.5:1Turbo-Hydramatic AutomaticTuned Port InjectionAluminum Cylinder Heads
ZJWL98 350-cid235-hp V-89.5:1ManualTuned Port InjectionAluminum Cylinder Heads & engine oil cooler
ZKAL98 350-cid235-hp V-89.5:1ManualTuned Port InjectionAluminum Cylinder Heads

Production Options

1YY07Base Coupe$27,027.00 27,794 79.2%
1YY67Base Convertible$32,032.00 7,315 20.8%
AG9Power Driver Seat$225.00 33,983 96.8%
AQ9Leather Sport Seats$1,025.00 13,372 38.1%
AR9Base Leather Seats$400.00 N/A N/A
AU3Power Door Locks$175.00 34,215 97.5%
B4PRadiator Boost Fan$75.00 8,216 23.4%
B4ZCustom Feature Package$195.00 4,832 13.8%
C2LDual Removable Roof Panels$895.00 6,242 17.8%
24SRemovable Roof Panel, blue tint$595.00 12,021 34.2%
64SRemovable Roof Panel, bronze tint$595.00 7,819 22.3%
C68Electronic Air Conditioning$150.00 16,646 47.4%
D84Two-Tone Paint (coupe)$428.00 3,897 11.1%
FG3Delco Bilstein Shock Absorbers$189.00 5,521 15.7%
G92Performance Axle Ratio, 3.07:1$22.00 4,879 13.9%
KC4Engine Oil Cooler$110.00 7,394 21.1%
K34Cruise Control$185.00 34,197 97.4%
MM44-spd, Manual Trans.$0.00 6,835 19.5%
NN5California Emission Requirements$99.00 5,697 16.2%
UL5Radio DeleteN/A 166 0.5%
UM6AM-FM Stereo Cassette$122.00 2,039 5.8%
UU8Delco Bose Stereo System$895.00 32,478 92.5%
V01Heavy Duty Radiator$40.00 10,423 29.7%
Z51Performance Handling Pkg. (coupe)$470.00 12,821 36.5%
Z6ARear Window/Side Mirror Defoggers (coupe)$165.00 21,837 62.2%
4001ZAMalcolm Konner Special Edition Paint (coupe)$500.00 50 0.1%
AX4European Belt SystemN/A N/A N/A
A26Glass - European GlazingN/A N/A N/A
A51Bucket SeatsN/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
NN5California Emission OverrideN/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
T84Left 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
UD6Alarm - Exhaust TemperatureN/A N/A N/A
UK1Japanese Radio FrequencyN/A N/A N/A
UL2European Radio FrequencyN/A N/A N/A
UM6Electric Tuned AM-FM Stereo w/ CassetteN/A N/A N/A
U03Horn Noise RegulatorN/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
V08Heavy Duty CoolingN/A N/A N/A
V70Front Tow Hook - ExportN/A N/A N/A

Color Options for 1986

Interior options for exterior colors are suggested by Chevrolet. Any combination could be ordered.
Soft Top Color
Interior Color
13Silver Metallic$0.00BK-WGR-MG 1,209 3.4%
18Medium Gray Metallic$0.00BK-WGR-MG-R 1,603 4.6%
20Medium Blue Metallic$0.00BK-WB-GR 128 0.4%
35Yellow$0.00BK-WGR 1,464 4.2%
40White$0.00B-S-WB-BR-GR-MG-R-S 4,176 11.9%
41Black$0.00BK-S-WGR-MG-R-S 5,464 15.6%
53Gold Metallic$0.00BK-SGR-S 777 2.2%
59Silver Beige Metallic$0.00BKBR-GR 1,383 3.9%
66Copper Metallic$0.00BK-SBR 4 0.0%
69Medium Brown Metallic$0.00SBR-S 488 1.4%
74Dark Red Metallic$0.00BK-S-WGR-S 5,002 14.2%
81Bright Red$0.00BK-S-WGR-R-S 9,466 27.0%
13/18Silver/Gray$0.00N/AGR-MG-R 1,049 3.0%
18/41Gray/Black$0.00N/AGR-MG 1,138 3.2%
40/13White/Silver$0.00N/AGR-MG 693 2.0%
56/69Silver Beige/Medium Brown$0.00N/ABR 1,014 2.9%
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


1986 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
SteeringPower Rack and Pinion
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
Displacement350 cid (5.7 liters)
Bore & Stroke4.00" x 3.48"
Compression Ratio9.0:1
Brake Horsepower230 @ 4000
Torque330 lb-ft @ 3200
Main BearingFive
Valve LiftersHydraulic
Fuel SupplyTuned-port induction (TPI) system

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