One of the best L88’s on the planet is currently up for grabs on Bring a Trailer at no reserve. The double black, 4-speed coupe is of one of 216 built over the L88’s lifespan and one of 116 assembled in 1969, the L88’s most prolific year. Well known throughout the hobby, it’s claimed virtually every award that a Corvette can achieve. Better yet, it’ll have a new owner in just a few days.
This C3 was ordered in February 1969 and the first owner took delivery later that year in June. Since then, 8 other lucky soles have been able to call this car their own and it has covered just 28,000 miles since new. Looking down the list of options, we see the thumping 430hp L88, M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed, and a 4.11 rear end. In addition to the Tuxedo Black paint and black vinyl interior, this Stingray also features the K66 transistor ignition, F41 heavy-duty suspension, and J56 heavy-duty brakes. All required with the L88. A radio wasn’t allowed when selecting RPO L88 on the option sheet.
This Corvette has made the rounds at all the major shows and claimed some of our hobby’s highest awards including 4 NCRS Top Flights, 2 Bloomington Gold Certifications, and a Bloomington Gold Survivor Certification, in addition to MCACN Concours Gold and Triple Diamond Certifications. Further accolades include participation in the 2008 L88 Invasion and 2018 L88 Explosion at Bloomington Gold. It was also the Corvette Legends pick at the 2015 MCACN show. The listing states that noted restorer Kevin Mackey helped maintain this L88 as well as transport it to the various events.
Every high-end collector car needs documentation to prove its heritage and this C3 has a stack of that too. Included in the provenance there’s the all-important tank sticker (with NCRS validation), pre-delivery inspection, the NCRS Shipping Data Report, and the Protect-O-Plate. In addition, there’s the owner’s manual, a CCAS engine number affirmation certificate, and a photo album. All its awards and judging sheets go with the car as well. The “numbers” guys can check out the BaT ad to see a comprehensive list of the various stampings and date codes found through the drivetrain.
Obviously L88’s are the high water mark for Corvette collectability. This particular L88 is near the highest point on that high water mark thanks to its condition and provenance. The bidders have taken notice as well. The current bid is $361,000 with 4 days to go as we write this piece. Given the rarity of this beast and the no reserve auction, we’re sure the final bid will be even higher yet. Should you be the winning bidder, this blogger calls shotgun on one of your first drives.
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