10 seconds club: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88

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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.

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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.

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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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