How many times over the years have you thought about converting your 1957-1974 Corvette to a solid state electronic ignition? Probably more than once. How many times have the challenges that would come with such an undertaking keep you from rolling up your sleeves and diving in?

Having to use a non-stock distributor…tackling wiring so complicated that it takes an electrical engineering degree to figure out…mounting black boxes on your engine compartment…just to name a few of the challenges.  Needless to say, this is one of those DIY projects  that most Corvette owners have no interest in doing themselves.

Until now.

Zip Corvette has the solution you’ve been waiting for. The solution that leaves no more excuses for putting this project off. It’s a complete solid state electronic ignition system – The Ignitor – that uses your original stock Corvette distributor. Manufactured by PerTronix, it has no complicated wiring or any black boxes. As a matter of fact, the whole system fits completely under your Corvette’s original distributor cap, allowing you to maintain your Corvette’s factory ignition shielding. Too good to be true? Nope. In fact, it gets even better.

This system will install in about one hour and costs less than $100. Since the unit is one piece, you do not have to drill any holes or cut any wires. Best of all, you will not have to buy anything else. According to PerTronix, The Ignitor has an effective rpm range from 0 to 6000 rpm with a standard coil. If you need to go from 0 to 15000 rpm, all you need to do is change to a stock heavy duty coil. Another nice thing about this system is that you do not have to change the timing or your stock plug gap.

We installed The Ignitor on our 1973 L48 350 Corvette. It took less than an hour and worked flawlessly.  Installation can be performed with the distributor in the Corvette or on the bench. We decided to install on the bench which would allow for better photography and a check on our Corvette’s distributor end play.

Follow the installation step-by-step with our technical article “1957 – 1974 Corvette Distributor Electronic Ignition Conversion”. You’ll find detailed instructions and photos and the confidence you need to tackle this project on your own!

If you want the convenience of a solid state electronic ignition system while still being able to use your original stock distributor, this is your answer. For more great technical articles covering all Corvette generations, visit, your online source for Corvette know-how!



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