How Did This 1969 L89 Corvette Fixer-Upper End Up In Australia?: eBay Find1
A strong passion for American cars exists in Australia, a point proven by the fact that one Aussie went through the trouble of shipping a very rare 1969 L89 C3 Corvette all the way there. This car’s history is unclear, but now it’s in pieces, sitting in an Australian garage waiting for one ambitious eBay buyer to rescue it and put it back on the road.
In 1969, the RPO L89 option added a 427 V8 engine with aluminum heads and three carburetors which produced around 435 horsepower. There was no difference in power between the L89 engine and the standard L71 engine, however the L89 option helped to reduce weight and thus improve vehicle performance. At some point in time this car’s L89 power unit was removed, however it’s being sold with the more powerful L88 427 as well as a 396 V8 from a Chevelle.
Bidding on the car ended at $7,300 after the seller’s desired reserve price wasn’t met. According to Corvette Blogger, only 350 1969 L89 ‘Vettes ever left the St. Louis assembly line, so this listing could be an opportunity to pick one of these cars up on the cheap, even if it does need a ton of work to be road worthy. The now-defunct listing can be seen here, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the seller puts the car back up for sale at some point.
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$7300 for a bucket of bolts. What a joke! I would pay for the freight to get it here to Townsville. There is a multitude of hours of work and different talented tradies to complete such a mammoth task. Believe me I’ve done it before. Most back yarders are lost in the bushes when it comes to such a big project. Good luck!