One of the lowest-mileage 1969 Corvette L88s in existence is set to hit the auction block in a few days and its sure to attract throngs of deep-pocketed Chevrolet connoisseurs in the market for a historic hunk of history.
Rick Cole Auctions will auction off the L88 along with 40 other historic cars on August 13-15 at the Marriot Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf as part of the festivities surrounding this year’s Pebble Beach Concours.
There are sure to be plenty of other costly pieces of metal ups for grabs, but this L88, with just 2,576 miles on the odometer, is bound to one of the top choices with an estimated price of $650,000 to $750,000. At that price you could buy six Corvette Z06s equipped with the Z07 Performance Package.
However, this L88 is also far rarer than even the Corvette C7.R Edition announced back in April. While Chevrolet plans to build 500 C7.R Edition Corvettes, this L88 is just one of 116 built for the 1969 model year and just one of ten equipped with the 4.56:1 rear end, which is renown for its track worthiness.
Under its sculpted hood scoop sits the vaunted beast itself: an aluminum-head 427 cubic-inch V8 producing a conservatively rated 430 hp. Some say it’s at least 500 horsepower, actually. The L88 package also brought F-41 stiffer suspension, G80 Positraction, K66 transistorized ignition, J56 heavy-duty brakes, and the deletion of unnecessary bits like the A/C, heater and radio.
Documentation on this Riverside Gold with Saddle vinyl L88 claims it also wears 90 percent of the original paint and an all-original interior. The paper works also claims pulled an 11.7-second quarter-mile pass in 1969 at the hands of its original owner.
Unfortunately, those days are over and this L88 is bound to live the next part of its life in a hermetically sealed, temperature-controlled chamber like a new born with whooping cough in an attempt to forever preserve its place in the annals of Chevrolet history.
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