If you want a real 1969 ZL-1 Corvette, you’d better be prepared to pay big bucks.
That package included an aluminum cylinder block 427 L88 turbo jet engine, and only two such Corvettes were ever assembled in the St. Louis factory way back in 1969.
Now at the upcoming Mecum Auction in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 13-15, you can have a chance to buy the next best thing – a very nice 1969 ZL-1 replica.
After a frame-off restoration, the car features an Anniversary Edition 427 aluminum GM crate engine (#220, by the way) and a Muncie M22 4-speed transmission, McLeod performance clutch, Wilwood brakes with aluminum calipers, drilled and slotted rotors, F41 suspension, Bilstein air shocks, composite rear leaf spring, and 3.70 Positraction rear end and large U-joints. It also has a special NOS L88/ZL1 Harrison aluminum radiator and L88/ZL1 hood and air induction system, along with A85 custom shoulder belts.
So even though this is not a real ZL-1, all the modern updates should combine to make this car into a high-performance dream on the road.
By the way, the original ZL-1s sold in 1969 weren’t too cheap, either. The L88 and ZL-1 options added $4,100 to the price of the car. In fact, one of the cars listed for a whopping $10,773.65 – a lot of money back in those days.
The ZL-1 replica Corvette is lot # F169 and will be auctioned on Friday, November 14th.