1968 Corvette L88
1968 Corvette L88
In all of Corvette’s glorious history, there was never anything like the L88. It was solely intended for racing, and was so potent that Chevrolet actually actively discouraged its sale to the general public, even to the extent of understating its actual horsepower rating at 430 HP, less than the incredibly powerful L71 427/435 HP Tri-Power option. In reality, the L88’s figure actually reached 560 horse power. The formula for the L88 engine was both simple and devastating: 4-bolt mains, forged crank, rods and pistons, 12.5:1 compression, aluminum heads with huge valves, a wild solid lifter cam and a gulping Holley 850 CFM 4-barrel double pumper on an aluminum intake.
There were no creature comforts, and it had to be ordered with transistor ignition, vacuum power brakes, a special master cylinder and dual pin brake calipers, heavy duty suspension, a Muncie M22 ”Rock Crusher” 4-speed and Positraction.
The original owner of this 1968 Corvette L88 coupe purchased the car at Polar Chevrolet in White Bear Lake, Minnesota specifically for the purpose of drag racing. He raced this 1968 Corvette L88 around the Midwest, including his home track, Minnesota Dragway, where he achieved the car’s best time of 11.78 at 120 MPH. This 1968 Corvette L88 comes with the complete owner history from new. It has been collector-owned since the early 1990s and began scooping up awards in 1994. It was named to the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1998 and again in 2008. It won Bloomington Gold Certification in 1995 and 2000, and was awarded Bloomington Survivor Certification in 1995. It was also a recipient of the National Corvette Restorers Society Duntov Mark of Excellence and National Top Flight Awards in 2007.
Certified authentic by NCRS Master Judge Chuck Berge, it is exceptionally well documented with the original window sticker on the driver’s side window, a shipper’s copy of the build sheet, the original Protect-O-Plate, all awards and many original pictures and drag strip time slips from its first year in competition. It is also accompanied by a letter from the first owner to the current owner describing the car’s history (including the original owner’s discovery and acquisition of the original engine) until its sale in the early 1990s. A letter is also included with this L88 Corvette from Dr. Peter Gimenez, author of the definitive L88 book: Corvette Racing Legends, endorsing the car based on the quantity and quality of documentation it acquired since new. For Corvette collectors, this is it.
Here is a summary of this 1968 Corvette L88:
Photos and edited text courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
– Factory documentation includes original window sticker on the car, Protect-O-Plate, shippers copy of build sheet and many original pictures and drag slips from 1968
– Bloomington Gold Certified in 1995 & 2000
– Bloomington Gold Survivor Certified in 1995
– BG Special Collection in 1998 & 2008
– NCRS Duntov & National Top Flight in 2007
– Letter from the original owner to current owner describing history until early 1990s, then collector owned since early 1990s
– Certified letter from Chuck Berge NCRS master judge stating that in his opinion the car is correct and the the awards and documentation are correct and original
– The letter from the original owner explains how the original L88 engine was acquired and the bill of sale from 1996 states it has the original engine
– All awards and documentation come with the car including the current owner’s bill of sale, a prior owners certification and all judging sheets
– Letter from Dr. Peter Gimenez, author of the definitive L88 book: Corvette Racing Legends, endorsing the car based on the quantity and quality of documentation it acquired since new