RM Auctions had the pleasure to sell off a private collection of automobiles in Saturday’s Classic Muscle and Modern Performance sale in San Diego, California. The collection was heavy on Pontiac GTOs, Corvettes and other classic muscle cars along with a nice mix of modern performance cars including an AMG tuned Mercedes-Benz and several BMWs. Two of the Corvettes that garnered much attention at the no-reserve auction were 1969 L88 Corvettes which sold for a combined $560,000.
The first 1969 L88 Corvette was one of the last of the 116 produced and was the only one dressed in Monza Red with Saddle interior. A former drag Corvette, the high-performance Vette has only 2,265 original miles. Owned by the original purchaser up until 2005, a log book happily details the a best ¼ mile time of 10.82 seconds at 156.65 mph. One of the most superb L88 Corvettes from the era, the Corvette is a fully documented and has earned Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, and the Gold Spinner Triple Crown awards. Bidding for the Corvette was steady throughout the sale with the L88 changing hands for $365,000.
The second L88 Corvette to cross the auction block at the Classic Muscle and Modern Performance sale was the Riverside Gold former drag car known affectionately as “Automatically Yours” as its one of only 17 L88s to be coupled to the Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission. The Nabers Brothers of Houston were commissioned for a frame off restoration and the Corvette received a Bloomington Gold award with a 99.5/100 score. “Automatically Yours” is well known in the Corvette community and has appeared in numerous Corvette publications. The rare Corvette was sold Saturday for $195,000.