The Chevrolet L79 327 small-block engine design was one of the first to combine an economy-sized engine with power and performance. General Motors produced the L79 from 1965 to 1968. The engine was available in the Corvette, Chevelle, Malibu, El Camino and Corvette. During production, the L79 was not a popular option among car lovers. Only 49,034 L79’s were ever produced.
The most well-known feature of the L79 engine was its high-performance hydraulic camshaft, the first of its kind. The L79 used a wide bore and a short, efficient stroke. The four-inch bore allowed for large valves, and a stroke of only 3.25 inches meant the pistons did not have far to go to deliver massive power.