Pair of aces: Two 1969 L88 Corvettes heading to Mecum auction in Kissimmee

Big-block-powered Corvettes always fetch healthy sums at classic-car auctions, but rarely does an L88 cross the auction block, let alone two. Mecum will sell off a pair of C3 L88 Corvettes at its upcoming Kissimmee, Florida auction.

A 1969 Corvette coupe and a 1969 Corvette convertible, both fitted with the L88 big-block V8 engine, will be sold as a pair at the auction. L88 Corvettes are incredibly rare. Only 216 were built between 1967 and 1969, and all were basically race cars disguised for road use. Zora-Arkus Duntov, the Corvette’s founding father, created the package to outmaneuver General Motors’ ban on motorsport activities at the time.

The 427cid L88 V8 was rated at 430 horsepower, though dyno tests showed the engine made well over 500. The performance didn’t stop at the engine, though, and both Corvettes feature a Muncie M22

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