The 1969 Corvette L88 hammered sold for $490,000
Another fine example of one of the most highly sought after Corvettes of all time is going on the block at Bonhams Scottsdale Auction on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Pacific.
It’s one of the 216 super-rare L88 Corvettes produced from 1967 to 1969.
This particular example is a 1969 roadster, one of just three produced in burgundy.
The car was produced on Dec. 9, 1968 and was sold by the legendary Konner Chevrolet of Caldwell, N.J. The tank sticker revealed that the car came with radio delete, power brakes and a transistorized ignition, a M22 Rock Crusher close-ratio heavy-duty transmission, J56 special heavy-duty brakes and the F41 special front and rear suspension. Of course, it goes without saying that the car has the legendary L88 427 engine that was rated by GM at just 430 horsepower but actually produced in the neighborhood of 550 horsepower.
This car’s earliest history is unknown, but we do know that Pat Shwery bought the car in the late 1970s and, recognizing what he had, proceeded to have Bloomington Gold Judge Tim Thorpe oversee a restoration.
The current owner bought the car in 2007 and then commissioned L88 expert Kevin Mackay to restore the car back to its original color combo. Two removable vinyl-covered hardtops, one white and one black, also come with the car.
Since the second restoration, the car has been amply rewarded with multiple honors, including NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold-certified, winner of Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Gold, Chevy Vette Fest Gold Spinner Award, Earthquake 88 Bloomington Gold Special, and the Bloomington Gold L88 Invasion.
As Bonhams sums it up: Presented here with several awards, its original tank sticker, the owner’s manual and various documentation, this L88 also comes with a fresh paint job and definitely ready for its next concours. Surely, a great opportunity to acquire a rare piece of American history.
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