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Auction: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-Speed

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-Speed © PCarMarket

PCarMarket is currently offering a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette that was equipped with the L88 package.

Chevrolet started offering the L88 package starting with the outgoing 1967 C2 Corvette. This package equipped the model with a competition-spec 427 ci L88 V8 engine that on record shows that it can produce 430 HP although there were estimates that shows that it produces 550 HP in reality.

Part of the package includes the open-chambered aluminum cylinder heads to be fitted in the L88 engine, as well as a performance camshaft, a 12.0:1 compression ratio, and a four-barrel Holley carburetor. It was matched with a 4-speed manual Muncie “Rock Crusher” transmission, the J56 heavy-duty braking system, a Positraction rear end, and the F41 suspension package.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-Speed © PCarMarket

From 1968 to 1969, Chevrolet continued to offer the L88 Package with all the newly introduced C3 Corvette. In the three-year production run, only 216 examples were given the L88 Package, and during the production year 1969, only 116 were built.

This specific Corvette had a Cortez Silver (986) finish matched with Gunmetal vinyl interior and was delivered new to Lee Johnson Chevrolet of Kirkland, Washington. Before it was relocated to the Midwest in 1973, it had two previous owners in Washington state Also under previous ownership, the Corvette went through a full restoration back in 1997 which was done by Naber’s Motors of Houston, Texas who are known for their high-end restorations on Corvette. The current consigner acquired the example in 2022 and it is not being offered out in Pennsylvania.

Some of the exterior features of the example include the removable matching color T-top panels, pop-up headlights, “Stingray” fender badges, “427” hood badges, side-exit exhaust system, driver’s side chrome mirror, chrome bumpers, mode-specific L88 high-clearance hod with an integrated air plenum chamber, and a hide-away windshield wipers. It sits on top of painted 15-inch wheels with chrome hubcaps warpped in F70-15 Firestone Wide Oval redline tires.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-Speed © PCarMarket

The Gunmetal (416) vinyl interior features twin bucket seats with Comfortweave inserts with matching door panels, dashboard, and loop carpeting. To reduce weight, the L88 package removed the heater, air conditioning, and radio. Interior features include roll-up windows, driver’s visor, black ball shifter and matching pistol grip handbrake. The center stack houses auxillary instrumentation for fuel, coolant temperature, oil pressure, amperage, and even an analog clock.

Powering the Corvette is a replacement 427ci L88 V8 engine which was installed under previous ownership. It had a restamped block pad with a T0923LO engine code and a VIN that matches the vehicle. Equipped with aluminum cylinder heads, solid lifter, forged internals, performance high-lift camshaft, a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an aluminum intake manifold. Powering the rear wheels is a Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” four-speed manual transmission and a 3.70:1 Positraction rear end. Part of the L88 package is the F41 heavy-duty suspension package which also has a seven-leaf rear leaf spring, unique shock absorbers, stiffer front springs, and a rear anti-roll bar. It was also equipped with the J56 braking package which added high-performance calipers with twin retracting pins, stiffening brackets on the front calipers, and L-shaped brake pads.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-Speed © PCarMarket

The sale will come with a copy of the Car Shipper which details the build and confirms the original options, GM warranty card, owner’s manual, Protect-O-Plate, maintenance records, and copies of previous titles and ownership transactions. It will also come with judging sheets and a certification from the 1997 NCRS and Bloomington Gold honors.

As of writing the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-Speed has a bid of $75,000 which will end in 3 days.