1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Cortez Silver Coupe

6 hits ID #14701

Description

This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette is one of 216 examples manufactured with the L88 package during three years of production and is one of 116 built for the 1969 model year.

Finished in Cortez Silver over Gunmetal vinyl upholstery, it is powered by a replacement 427ci L88 V8 that breathes through a Holley four-barrel carburetor and is mated to a Muncie M22 four-speed manual transmission.

RPO L88 was developed under the direction of Zora Arkus-Duntov as a means to circumvent GM’s corporate racing ban while offering a competition-oriented variant of the Corvette.

The limited-availability package was introduced discreetly in 1967 with the omission of various comfort options, an understated power rating, and designation of the engine as for “off-road” use.

This example was finished from the factory in Cortez Silver (986), and a refurbishment performed by the Naber brothers is said to have been completed in 1997.

Features include body-color T-tops, a side-mounted exhaust system, integrated backup lamps, “Stingray” fender badging, and an L88-specific high-clearance hood scoop with an integrated air plenum.

Painted wheels wear chrome hubcaps and trim rings and are mounted with F70-15 Firestone Wide Oval redline tires.

The L88 package mandated selection of power-assisted brakes with the J56 heavy-duty brake package consisting of performance calipers with twin retaining pins, L-shaped pads, and stiffening brackets on the front units.

The cabin is trimmed in Gunmetal vinyl (416) with Comfortweave seat inserts and matching upholstery over the door panels and dash.

Color-keyed loop carpeting lines the floors, and a decal affixed to the console warns that a minimum of 103 octane fuel must be used.

The L88 package precluded the selection of air conditioning, power steering, or a radio.

The three-spoke steering wheel frames a 160-mph speedometer and a tachometer with a 6,500-rpm redline, while the center stack hosts a clock and gauges monitoring fuel level, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and amperage.

The five-digit odometer shows 69k miles.

VIN derivative 19S736196 is stamped on the transmission along with a date code indicating an M22 built at the Muncie plant on June 16, 1969. Additional markings shown in the gallery include:

Rear axle stamp – CFA 10 23 69 W
Bell housing casting number – 3859403
“Hi Perf Pass” block casting
Transmission housing casting – 3925660
Transmission tail housing casting number – 3857584
Winters foundry “snowflake” castings on cylinder heads
Winters snowflake casting on intake manifold
Intake manifold casting – 3933198
Carburetor stamping – 3955205 (with August 3, 1969, date code)
61-amp alternator date code – October 29, 1969
Radiator stamping – 3007436 (with May 1969 date code)
Ignition coil casting – 263
Distributor tag – 1111927
Exhaust manifold casting – 3880827 & 8880828
Starter number stamping – 1108351
Thermostat housing casting – 3827389

Attributes

Make Chevrolet
Model Corvette L88
Year 1969
Mileage 69000
Engine Replacement 427ci L88 V8
Interior Color Gunmetal
Exterior Color Cortez Silver
Transmission M22 4-Speed Manual
Body Type Coupe
Number of Cylinders 8
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) 194379S736196
Fuel Type Gasoline

$ 37000.00