1969 L88 Corvette
1969 L88 Corvette
This early production 1969 L88 Corvette was sold new in December of 1968. Optioned with all the required L88 options, it also features the auxiliary bolt on hardtop, redline tires, a heater (The heater delete was not required in 1968 or 1969) and a Fathom Green exterior with a green interior. The original owner drove this L88 Corvette from Michigan to Alaska and back covering over 6,000 miles on the trip with no problems. I can only assume that highway gears were installed for this fantastic road trip, as I can’t imagine running 4.56 gears on the open road for more than a few miles! Once back in Michigan, the car was sold to its second owner and was drag raced with 4.56:1 rear gears for several seasons. In 1975, this L88 Corvette was finally taken off the drag strip and placed into storage.
By that time, the L88 Corvette had only racked up about 20,000 miles. In the early 80’s the car was sold to its next owner and in 1986-1987, this L88 Corvette was restored. In 1988 it participated in the Bloomington Gold Earthquake 88 L88 special collection, and in 2008 this L88 Corvette was invited back to Bloomington Gold for the L88 Invasion Special collection where I had the opportunity to see this Corvette in person. I’ve included an edited narrative courtesy from Mecum auctions below.
The L88 Corvette entered its third year of production in 1969 having established itself as all conquering in both SCCA and FIA competition. Rated at a deliberately misleading 430 horsepower at well below its actual redline, the L88 pumped out an all-too-real 560 at full song and was as potent and race-ready as anything rumbling out of Detroit at the time. Proven in the heat of international competition as the most dominant Corvette ever, the L88 was still under the tight production reins imposed by GM management at its inception, and only 116 were built. Among the final year L88 Corvettes was this unusually handsome convertible, now well-known in the Corvette community, which was delivered new to its first owner in Leslie, Michigan. Its equipment included the race-ready L88 427/430 HP big block with first-design closed chamber aluminum heads, Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” close ratio 4-speed and 4.56 Positraction rear end, K66 transistor ignition and J56 heavy duty brakes.
In addition, the owner chose the rare combination of Fathom Green paint with a matching Dark Green interior and a Black soft top, matching Green auxiliary hard top, clear glass, Rally wheels and Redline tires. Documentation includes original tank sticker verified by NCRS historic document service, Protect-O-Plate and owner’s manual.
This is the only Green/Green L88 Corvette convertible that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person.