Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY EIGHT: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 roadster
Tom Marcucci bought his first car at the age of 16, a 1965 Dodge Polara with a 383 V-8. He spent many hours cleaning it, and it was his pride and joy. However, his dream was to own a late-’60s Corvette. That dream came true in the summer of 2008 when Marcucci purchased the Corvette of his dreams: an unrestored, 50,000-mile Monza Red 1969 L88 roadster. It was not an ordinary 69 L88 roadster — it is documented as the last L88 built by General Motors.
The L88 is often credited to Chevrolet engineer Zora Arkus-Dontov, patron saint of all Corvettes built during his time at Chevrolet.
Under Duntov’s watchful eye and engineering wizardry, the L88 Corvette was a factory race car for all practical purposes. Under the L88’s hood was a 427-cubic-inch V-8 with a reported 430 hp. The M22 manual four-speed “Rock Crusher” transmission was mated to a 3:70 positive traction rear axle. In January 1969, Car and Driver magazine road-tested the big-block 427 Corvette and reported a quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds at 106.8 mph.
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