It’s pretty great that we live in a country where men still race classic cars as they were meant to be raced. This matchup today features some old-school muscle with the 1969 Corvette L88 drag racing a 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T. Only 116 examples of the L88 were made in 1969 while the Dodge Coronet is being campaigned by its original owner still after all these years. So yeah, these guys race, and America wins!
The two classic rides came up against each other at a Factory Appearing Stock Tire event. In the left lane is the L88-powered 1969 Corvette that was woefully underrated at 430-hp and 460 lb-ft of torque with upgrades that bored the block to 439 cubic inches (7.2 liters) and has a compression ratio of 13.5:1. The right lane has a 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T with a Hemi that’s been upgraded to 11.75:1 compression and also has modified gears. It brings 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque that was also underrated from the factory.
The Corvette L88 also weighs in at nearly 300 pounds less than the Coronet at 3,454 vs 3,726 and it is utilizing a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission so quick shifts shouldn’t be a problem.
And while it seems (to me anyway) that the Corvette should have walked this Dodge, the race was much tighter than expected and nearly required a photo finish. The ETs for the race have the Coronet at 10.95 vs the 10.98 for the Corvette, but the Corvette takes the win due to a much better reaction time.
What’s unfortunate is having to watch this video as it leads up to the race due to some fairly lowbrow humor that just isn’t all that funny, so take our advice and jump to the start of the drag race at 7:45 when the focus turns to the race.
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