Each year the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) salutes a special group of Corvettes in their Corvette Legends Invitational display. Past themes have included racecars and L88’s among other significant Corvettes. For 2019 they welcomed new class sponsors Corvette Mike and Corvette Mike Midwest.
This year’s theme was the Class of 1969, paying tribute to the best of the best Corvettes from that year. Though some may argue 1970, many enthusiasts consider 1969 to be the peak of the muscle car era as horsepower and performance were at their peak before insurance companies started to get wise to our automotive shenanigans.
On the Corvette side of the fence, we had 8 engine choices available. There was the base 350/300hp, the L46 350/350, the L36 427/390, L68 427/400, L71 427/435, L89 427/435, the mighty 430hp (not!) L88, and the virtually unobtainable ZL1. All came with your choice of automatic or 4-speed transmissions. Total production was 38,762 units which translates into 22,129 coupes and 16,633 convertibles. 10 Exteriors colors could be combined with 12 interior color and trim material options.
The Corvette Legends Invitational was located adjacent to a portion of the Corvette Central Triple Diamond display near the center of the main exhibition hall, and the MCACN crew assembled a great variety showcasing nearly all the 1969 powertrain options. Six of Saint Louis’ finest examples were on display for attendees’ ogling. On one end of the display we had a stunning black 350/350 couple which acted as one bookend to the 1-of-2 orange ZL1 at the opposite end of the display. In between we had some great 427’s including a white L36 427/390 coupe, a green L71, and pair of aluminum head L89 cars. A burgundy L89 side pipe coupe sat one spot away from a sinister triple black L89 side pipe convertible.
Overall the Corvette Legends Invitational showcased the full spectrum or Corvettes from 1969. From street cruiser to all-out track warrior, there was a Corvette for everyone in 1969. All cars shown were highly awarded examples from the NCRS and Bloomington Gold communities. A great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of these significant Corvettes. We can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us next. MCACN 2020 take place November 21st and 22nd next year.
Photos by Steve Burns
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