1969 Corvette The Last L88
1969 Corvette The Last L88
This is the last documented L88 Corvette. It was built on December 4, 1969 which is considered to be the last day of L88 Corvette production, and it was delivered to and sold by Smiley Chevrolet-Olds in Milan, Missouri. It is documented with its tank sticker, ownership history, NCRS certificate/judging sheets and title search back to the original owner and it was recently given a body off restoration by Corvette expert Tim Thorpe of O’Fallon Illinois. This restoration resulted in an NCRS Top Flight Award in 2013. This last L88 Corvette is complete and was offered by Mecum Auctions. Here is what they had to say about it:
Built on December 4, 1969, the final day of L88 production, this NCRS Top Flight Award-winning 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe is the last documented Corvette L88 ever produced. This last L88 Corvette was sold new at Smiley Chevrolet Oldsmobile in Milan, Missouri.
It was delivered in the desirable combination of Fathom Green with a Saddle leather interior, it was recently the subject of a comprehensive body-off restoration by Thorpe’s Body and Corvette Shop, which has restored more than 40 L88 Corvettes and of which Owner Tim Thorpe is a noted Bloomington Gold judge, restorer and preservation expert. The L88 embodied the ultimate version of the 427 CI Mark IV big-block V-8 that first appeared in the Corvette’s engine compartment in 1966. Announced in the spring of 1967, the L88 option was offered virtually without comment from Chevrolet management, specifically because of its intended purpose as the purest racing engine ever offered in a Corvette up to that point, and not surprisingly, for years afterward.
Designed for power and bulletproof reliability at sustained high operating speeds, the L88 comprised a sturdy cast-iron block with 4-bolt mains, an extra-heavy-duty forged rotating assembly with domed pistons, 12.5:1 compression, a radical high-lift solid-lifter cam, aluminum heads and a low-profile aluminum dual-plane intake manifold with a Holley 850 CFM 4-barrel carburetor fed by a sealed cowl-induction hood. The L88 was available only with a small-diameter flywheel and high-capacity clutch, Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” close-ratio 4-speed, G81 Positraction rear end, in this case with 3.70:1 gearing, K66 transistorized ignition, aluminum radiator and radio delete. In addition to its matching-numbers 427/430 HP L88 engine, the last documented L88 is equipped with J56 special heavy-duty brakes with J50 power assist, F41 suspension, Soft Ray-tinted glass and Rally wheels fitted with white-stripe tires. This landmark L88 Corvette is documented with the tank sticker, ownership history, NCRS certificate and judging sheets, and a title search back to the original owner.
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