Rare, Original L88 Corvette Heading to October Mecum Auction
The name Corvette has always carried a prestige that is admired by many and tempted by only a few. With the introduction of the L88 Corvettes in 1967, this prestige went from designating a high-class sports car to a racing legend. Although the L88 Vettes were only offered for three model years, they changed the idea of what it meant to own a Corvette. Forty two years later, and one of the most original 1969 L88 Corvettes is up for grabs at the Dallas, Texas Mecum auction. This is your chance to own a rare piece of Corvette history.
The L88 Corvette was a car equipped with an optional factory racing package. Manufactured from 1967 through 1969, the package was put on only 216 Corvettes. Race-equipped, the L88s were not only potent on the roadways, the true race car versions placed high in competitions like the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring- skyrocketing their prestige in international racing culture. As a rare and powerful breed, many factory L88s have not fared well over the years- feeling the torture of over enthusiastic drivers. Fortunately, some avoid this unsettling treatment and end up carrying the L88 legend gracefully for future generations.
The L88 that will be crossing the Mecum auction block in October is just about as original as they come. Sporting its original black paint, interior, tires and even its factory 427cui engine, the Corvette has earned a Bloomington Gold Survivor status certificate. The car also scored a 98.4, almost a perfect score, for its Nation Corvette Restorers Society Regional Top Flight Award and has been used as a NCRS training display vehicle. Of the only three black L88s ever produced, this Corvette is the only one known to still retain its original paint and engine.
Sold in immaculate condition, this L88 Corvette also comes with its delivery sheet, sales invoice, tank sheet, Protect-O-Plate, full owner history and even its original keys. You can’t get much closer to owning a completely original L88 Corvette than this. If you’re a Corvette collector or just an enthusiast that would love to own this rare piece of Corvette history, it will cross the auction block at 2:10p.m. on Saturday, October 8th. Be prepared to make your best offer because the Corvette is sure to get a lot of attention.