They don’t come much more highly coveted than an L88 Corvette produced briefly by Chevrolet from 1967 to 1969.
Some lucky person will have the opportunity to lay claim to one of the 216 L88s made during that three-year span, this Cortez Silver over black 1969 Corvette Coupe with a long and verifiable pedigree that will be auctioned off during the Mecum Auction in Dallas, Texas Sept. 6-9.
From the Bobby Bouldin Collection, this L88 was expertly restored by Bloomington Gold judge Jim Thorpe, labeled by Mecum as one of the country’s most respected L88 specialists.
They don’t come much more honored than this L88, which is Bloomington Gold Certified, NCRS Top Flight winner, MCACN Concours Gold and Triple Diamond, and was a feature of the L88 Earthquake Special Collection.
Documentation is likewise impressive, with a partial tank sticker, a copy of the window sticker, owner’s manual, and Protect-O-Plate provided by the seller.
The car is also well outfitted, starting of course with the legendary L88 engine that was lowballed by Chevy back in the day as producing only 430 horsepower but was actually capable of reaching some 560 horsepower.
Also included on this 1969 are the M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed transmission, 4.11:1 Positraction rear end, F41 special suspension, radio and heater delete, J50 and J56 power-assist and heavy-duty brake packages, factory smog equipment, and K66 transistorized ignition.
This “civilized” monster also was outfitted with tilt-telescopic steering, Soft Ray-tinted glass, rear-window defroster, headrests, shoulder harnesses, a black leather interior, and side exhaust.
The L88s were intended by Chevrolet for racing use only, and they proved to be very competitive in SCCA action but were most impressive in long-distance races like Le Mans, where one roared past 170 mph on the Mulsanne Straight in 1967.
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