1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe L88

Published By

You can pick any generation of the Corvette to find a special car but not every Vette is as rare as this one is. There are only a total of 116 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe L88 examples in existence. This is one of them.

Even better, this legendary L88 Corvette is available for sale through Bring a Trailer. It can be yours if you emerge as the winning bidder. This Corvette has a very storied and accomplished history including setting AHRA drag racing world records in 1971 and 1972.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe L88

Chevy only built a total of 216 C3 examples featuring the L88 engine under the hood. They made 116 of them for the 1969 model year. You may be wondering what makes this engine so special. 

For starters it is a 427-cubic-inch V8 engine. This is not the old 350 block. Having a 427 under the hood of any Corvette is a sweet thing. On top of that, this specific ‘69 Vette puts you in complete control of this massive V8 through a four-speed manual transmission. Get ready to chirp some tires, “on accident”, of course.

Chevy advertised a factory horsepower rating of about 430 to 435 for the L88. In reality, this engine actually puts down somewhere between 540 to 580 horses. General Motors advertised a torque rating of 460 pound-feet. As you can imagine, the actual rating is a little higher, right around 470 pound-feet.

With only 14,500 miles showing on the odometer, this heroic L88 V8 engine still has plenty of life left. The car itself received refurbishment in 2010, it was good enough to win the NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence in 2015.

Best of all, the engine is numbers-matching to the chassis. This is the original, not a transplant. Fire it up to put the four-barrel Holley carburetors to work. Listen to that glorious purr. It’s impossible for you to ignore the urge to take it for a spin at this point. 

When you are inside an old-school 427 Corvette, you can feel the powerful engine through bone shaking vibrations even at idle. It is a thing of beauty. This C3 even has the very desirable side-mounted exhaust system. Just watch those calves after a hot run.

Whether you are already a Corvette owner or not, you know you want to add this one to your collection. The 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe L88 is a connoisseur’s choice when it comes to Vettes. This one is a keeper.

Disclosure: Clicking on these links and making a purchase may earn us a small referral fee, at no extra cost to you. Learn more here.