1969 Corvette 427 L71
1969 Corvette 427 L71
This 1969 Corvette 427 L71 is a solid lifter tri power topped Corvette with 5,723 original miles. This 1969 Corvette 427 L71 is a beautiful example of a well-preserved example of Chevrolet’s 1969 Corvette convertible than this repeat winner of both Bloomington Gold and NCRS accolades. Like the other Corvettes in the Ed Foss Collection, it is virtually unrivaled in its originality in all four judged categories, due in equal parts to its low mileage and a history of exceptional care.
After a union strike interrupted Corvette production in early 1969, newly minted Chevrolet general manager John Z. DeLorean ordered a two-month extension for the 1969 model year. The move was partially responsible for the record sales of 1969, but that was not the whole story. Despite some negative publicity wrought by the automotive press, buyers were voting with their dollars like never before, ignoring the press’ collective criticisms and siding with the new Stingray mostly on the strength of its dramatic styling. The choice of four production big-block engines also helped the final sales tally, accounting for over 15,000 of the 38,762 Corvettes sold. In addition, Corvette buyers were switching from their traditional preference for convertibles; Chevrolet had failed to anticipate the increased demand for coupes in 1968, so in 1969 they reversed the longstanding policy favoring convertible production and built just over 22,000 coupes. The 1969 Corvette was also enjoying increasing success on the racetrack. Carroll Shelby had ceased production of his 427 Cobras two years earlier while Chevrolet had upped the ante with the race-ready L88. That engine would power two race-prepared 1969 Corvettes sponsored by Owens-Corning Fiberglass and driven by Tony De Lorenzo, the 26-year-old son of a GM executive with degrees in business administration and public relations, and Jerry Thompson, a graduate of Iowa State’s mechanical engineering program. Both experienced and skilled drivers, they teamed up to defeat all opposition and win the SCCA A Production national championship, the first for Corvette since 1962.
Looking factory-fresh even to the studied eye of the most discriminating judge, this 1969 Corvette convertible is unrestored and shows an odometer reading of 5,723 original miles. The Cortez Silver paint and exterior chrome and brightwork are exactly as they were when the car rolled off the assembly line, the Black soft top showing only the slightest hint of the passing years. The pristine engine compartment is home to the storied L71 427 big-block V-8 engine. Built by the “Number 1 Team” at the Tonawanda, New York, engine assembly plant, the Tri Power-equipped L71 unleashes 435 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque through a required 4-speed manual transmission to a 3.55:1-geared Positraction differential. Complementing that mix are K66 Transistor Ignition, F41 Special Suspension and power steering and brakes. Riding on three-piece Rally wheels wearing F70-15 Whitewall tires, it also offers Soft Ray-tinted glass and an AM/FM radio. Documented with the tank sticker, window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner’s card, copy of the original title, service receipts, owner’s manual and the original keys, the car’s exceptional originality is reflected in its top-tier credentials, most of which it earned in a single year. Imagine winning Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold Certification and an NCRS Regional Top Flight Award, the latter with a score of 97.8, then following those in quick succession with the NCRS 4-Star Bowtie Award and the Chevy Vettefest Triple Crown—all in the 2001 calendar year.
– Unrestored with 5,723 original miles – Documented with the tank sticker, window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner’s card, copy of the original title and service receipts – Bloomington Gold Benchmark, Survivor and Gold Certified in 2001 – Regional NCRS Top Flight Award in 2001 scoring 97.8 – National NCRS 4-Star Bowtie Award in 2001 – Chevy VetteFest Triple Crown in 2001 – L71 Tri-Power 427/435 HP V-8 engine – Three 2-barrel carburetors – 4-speed transmission – 3.55 Positraction rear end – F41 suspension – Transistorized ignition – Power steering and brakes – AM/FM stereo, tinted glass – Rally wheels with White stripe tires – Cortez Silver with Black interior and soft top – Owner’s manual and original keys
This 1969 Corvette sold for $200,000 in August 2015
Source: Mecum Auctions