10 seconds club: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88


This is the first time we publish a Corvette C3 and that’s because of a good reason: this is one of the 80 Corvette L88 produced in 1968 and one of the 216 ever produced between 1967 and 1969.


The story about this model is quite odd: basically Chevrolet never promoted this car and somehow discouraged official dealers in promoting it: maybe that was because this car was basically designed for the track. Indeed Chevrolet claimed “only” 435 hp for the engine while actually it produced something more than 540 hp: outside the engine looked like a common big block but all the internal components were different, starting from the Can-Am heads, solid lifters, a strenghtened camshaft and high compression pistons. This car was capable of 171 mph and to run the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds.


This particular car (probably originally painted in Le Mans Blue) is of course a project but the seller says that both the engine and transmission are matching number: in one photo there is a paper which looks like a build sheet. The owner probably started a restoration but never finished it; if the asking price seems high then google around to figure out the value of these cars when they’re perfect. Find it for sale at $245,000 here near Lexington, KY.

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