Video: 1969 L88 Corvette Turned into a “See Thru” Model
The L88 Corvette built between 1967 and 1969 is one of the most sought after Vettes ever produced because of its race-spec engine and rarity. While many L88 examples can be found in pristine condition in collections across the country, one New York man decided to go a different route with his ‘69 model. As we found out from CorvetteBlogger, Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair Inc. actually turned his L88 Corvette into a “see thru” car complete with all the components to make the car street legal but leaving off all the body panels.
Mackay is not new to the business of creating unusual Corvettes or the L88 model. Over his 20 years of experience, Mackay has restored a few famous L88 Corvettes and created a number of unique cars, including his ‘66 427/425 Suspended Body Corvette, ‘67 427/435 Drivable Chassis and ‘68 L88 Sunray DX Cutaway Corvette.
After finding his latest L88 wasting away in a machine shop, Mackay decided to turn it into a 3-D business card of sorts in order to show off what him and his crew could do. The car has since been restored completely, minus the body panels, and laid down 480 HP on the dynamometer.
In order to pass New York’s inspection for registration, special brackets were fabricated and mounted to the car to hold necessary components like turn signals and lights.
Mackay took special care to keep the chassis completely stock by attaching the brackets to the car’s birdcage.
The result is the street-legal See Thru Corvette. Although the car is not gleaming with shiny new paint or crisp body lines, Mackay plans to show the Corvette as much as possible and even took it to the Greenwhich, Connecticut Concours d’ Elegance as you can see in the video above.
Mackay’s participation in the show circuit will result in the car being judged for the Triple Crown, Bloomington Gold and National Corvette Restorers Society Top Flight awards. We look forward to seeing just how far the See Thru Corvette can get in these designations.