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Published 1/24/24

Wallpaper Wednesday: LT1 Crate Engine in a 1964 Corvette

WORDS: THE BLOCK

PHOTOS: LUCAS PRIAMO and NATE LIGHT

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We recently took a look at Barry Blomquist’s gorgeous 1964 Corvette on display at the season-ending Goodguys Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the heart of the C2 Vette is a Chevrolet Performance LT1 crate engine.*

The LT1 was the first Gen V Small-Block from General Motors, initially appearing in the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Since Blomquist’s car was built by Roadster Shop around that same time, he chose the cutting-edge LT1 crate version for his own classic Sting Ray model of “America’s Sports Car.”

Among the advanced technologies appearing in the naturally aspirated LT1 crate engine are direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. The power plant is capable of making 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque.

“It's just a very nice driving, civilized car,” Blomquist said of his Corvette. “No wild cam, no rough idle. It's just a really nice package.”

The engine looks nice under the hood, too, complete with an engine cover reading “Corvette” in red letters on either side.

Today, we’ve made one of our favorite engine shots into a Wallpaper Wednesday download. High-resolution desktop and mobile images are available below.

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Keep watching The BLOCK for more Chevrolet Performance-powered builds from Goodguys Scottsdale and a variety of automotive events throughout the country.

*Because of its effect on a vehicle’s emissions performance, this engine is intended exclusively for use in competition vehicles. This engine is designed and intended for use in vehicles operated exclusively for competition: in racing or organized competition on courses separate from public roads, streets or highways. Installation or use of this engine on a vehicle operated on public roads, streets or highways is likely to violate U.S., Canadian, and state and provincial laws and regulations related to motor vehicle emissions.