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Lot Number
64
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $590,000 - $640,000
CHASSIS NO: 194679S736083
• An exceptional unrestored Bloomington Gold Survivor®
• Bloomington Gold Certified® and NCRS Top Flight Award recipient
• Rare as 1 of only 116 Corvette L88s built for 1969, and 1 of only 5 roadsters in Monza Red
• Delivered new to San Diego, California; re-commissioned and preserved by Nabers Brothers
• Accompanied by preserved Corvette Order Copy document
• Historic status as the last documented L88 Corvette Roadster produced

427 cid RPO L88 V-8 engine, single Holley 850 CFM four-barrel carburetor, 560 HP (Est.) (430 HP factory advertised) at 6,400 RPM, Muncie M22 HD close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, independent rear suspension with lateral struts, radius rods, and transverse leaf spring, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98”


Rooted in the development work initiated by Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1962, the “Heavy-Duty 427” engine was the basis of the L88 competition engine powering Roger Penske’s Sunoco-sponsored Corvette to victory at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour race. Released for sale in 1967, the L88 caused excitement and confusion among potential buyers with Chevrolet discouraging orders from anyone but factory-recognized racers. Cryptically designated an “off-road vehicle” with a conservative 430-HP rating and stiff pricing ($1,032 by 1969), the L88 was seemingly less powerful at twice the price of the 435-HP RPO L71 “Tri-Power” mill.

The L88’s victory tally included the GT-class win at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, where Jerry Grant and Dave Morgan hit a stunning top speed of 194 mph. Jerry Thompson and Tony De Lorenzo dominated American SCCA racing with the L88 and won the A/Production title for 1969. In 1972, when lesser cars of the era had already retired, an L88 Corvette (unusually) entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.) scored a class win at Le Mans. Just 216 L88 Corvettes were built in all during the model’s three-year production run, with this outstanding example being not just 1 of the 116 built for 1969, but the very last L88 Corvette Roadster ever produced and still wearing its applied inner and outer wear as it left the St. Louis Plant.

This original Monza Red 1969 Corvette L88 Roadster is well-known to enthusiasts and collectors alike as the last documented open example built by Chevrolet. It was sold new by Guaranty Chevrolet in San Diego, California to Michael Welch, a physician residing in the San Diego area with his wife, Yolanda. They kept the special L88 until 1977 selling it as he understandably complained about the Corvette’s exhaust noise, rumbling idle, stiff ride, and lack of radio, although there is evidence of an antenna being installed at a later point. In addition to the mandatory L88 options including transistorized ignition, Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” Heavy-Duty four-speed manual transmission, and F41 performance suspension, the car also sported such desirable options as a removable auxiliary hard top and white soft top, plus a tilt/telescopic steering column, speed minder, and audio theft-deterrent alarm system. Having spent its early years in California, the favorable climatic conditions helped to preserve the Corvette’s original paint, interior, and chassis. The original Corvette Order Copy document has been saved and preserved between two pieces of glass since the 1980s. As with numerous historic Corvettes, this example continues to benefit handsomely from sympathetic and purposeful care by the renowned Nabers Brothers of Houston, Texas in preparation of Survivor® judging and to preserve the original integrity of the car.

The subject of numerous magazine articles, the final documented L88 roadster was covered in the November 2009 issue of Corvette Enthusiast magazine, wherein its accomplishments were listed, including National Top Flight honors from the NCRS, Bloomington Gold Survivor® and Bloomington Gold Certified® status. Other honors include the Zenith Award and enviable status as the only L88 Corvette to have been invited for display at General Motors’ 100 Year Celebrations. Today, as when it was new, the L88 Corvette continues to represent a landmark achievement in styling, performance, and competition success. While produced only in strictly limited numbers, these mighty cars solidified the Corvette’s well-deserved reputation on the racetrack and on the street. As the last produced, this outstanding and original 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster is an irreplaceable part of Chevrolet and American racing history.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster
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