|A Special L-71 Corvette. This L71 Corvette had a complete body off restoration and customization for show in 1973 and the engine has less than 20,000 miles on it since it was built to virtually L-88 Standard Specifications.
Thoroughly read this description as there is an extensive amount of detailed information about this car s history, which builds value and which will provide you enough information to make an informed decision about this investment. This is no plain Jane Corvette! It is a true blue L-71 Optioned Corvette, a very well-preserved car and in great a condition, as anyone could expect for a For Real 1968 Muscle Car.
Background of this L-71: First let me say, there is a considerable amount of information known and documented history with this particular L-71 Corvette. In fact, it is the car that inspired me to become a lifelong gearhead & Corvette enthusiast beginning in 1973, the year I first laid hands on this particular car. I know its history, how well it has been maintained, how it has been pampered, who owned it, its one-time award winning venture to the drag strip and its over 10 year history as a many times-over award winning show car. So there is no doubt about where this car has been and confirmation on its history, not too many people will ever truly know the complete history of their Corvette. From the original owner to me, I know the 45 year history of this car since it was custom ordered in November of 1967 and then born in February of 1968.
I am sure you have taken notice of custom paint and interior, who could avoid that, right? You have to remember, the year was 1973 when the car was custom modified and painted for show. It was painted by a master, Pat Scarlett who was an extremely talented person and no stranger to custom Corvettes and a person who did excellent paint and body work. It has a pearl white base with all different colors of lacquers that change into other colors as they overlap. Sort of like the artist Jackson Pollock on steroids, with a hint of the future on the doors, to me at least resembling a printed circuit board. The original paint is coded 978 (International Blue) and the custom paint now on the car is in really good shape to be 40 years old, not flawless, but it has held up extremely well, it is still a head turner, attention grabber and has literally been photographed more than some rock or country music and/or movie stars.
One has to remember that this particular Vette was specially modified for show and because of its radical paint, fender flairs, interior, side pipes and engine, it has taken numerous awards and trophies for best in show at the major custom car shows, including the International Custom Car Shows, both up and down the eastern seaboard. This car is simply what it was intended to be, an unforgettable muscle car.
Like anything else, customizing a ride is a matter of choice and taste. Much like the 12 inch wide M50, 12 inch tires & wheels and the custom fender flairs that were added to protect the paint, but this car can easily be taken back to a stock body, paint and interior as ordered from the factory by simply removing the flairs, repainting to match its original color code and replacing the interior and exhaust. As previously mentioned the original paint was International Blue and the interior color was black. The exhaust was modified to Hooker headers with big tubed Hooker side pipes, and it sounds like the killer built 427, that it is! It as well can be replaced with an original exhaust (Watch and listen to the You Tube Videos) at the links below. In fact, if you intend on a restoration, then you are just a few steps removed from being able to potentially go Bloomington Gold or Top Flight with this car (NDLR: well that is funny!!!). I state this from many years of custom Vette and other fiberglass and Corvette restoration experience.
This car was ordered as a special factory order. The National Corvette Restorer Society confirms by documentation that this car was delivered to the same Chevrolet dealer as witnessed by the fellow that ordered the car, which further supports it as a real deal L-71. Considering that the car now has a 35,850 original miles, and I will personally place my name on and certify via affidavit on that. if one takes around 20k of this mileage, it leaves us with a reliable number of 15,000 actual miles since 1973 or about 375 miles placed on the car on average per year since it was completely customized, and painted, and the engine modified, which is as stout as it ever was. This L-71 will pull the front wheels off the ground going from 1st to 2nd gear, today! I have personally been in the car at 147 mph and I know the car will peg the 160 mph on the speedometer. Even with M50s on the car, it will light them up from a dead start to spinning them into 2nd and 3rd. Mainly the wider M50s are ran on the car for traction, versus the narrower tires which spin a lot due to the cars tremendous torque and horsepower. The car has remained inside and out of the elements. It has hardly ever been driven or caught in the rain, and never in any other type of inclement weather.
This Vette is one of a little over 2600 total L-71 Coupes that were manufactured in 1968. This is a fully numbers matching 1968 L-71 Corvette coupe, 427 cubic inch block and originally a 435 horsepower 3 2 barrel car, 4 speed close ratio manual transmission. The mechanical lifters and special performance camshaft are in the engine and an L-71 standard option. In 1973, the engine was completely blueprinted and built by some great NASCAR and other circuit experienced engine builders and racing folks here in North Carolina. So the horsepower is estimated conservatively above 550+ HP. I know that the engine is probably worth about $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 or more in todays dollars. Over the years, we have changed carburation on it several times, from 3-2's to 2-4 barrels, running a tall 2-4s tunnel ram. It is currently running a single double pumper Holley carb with a manual secondary. This is a reliable street setup that delivers as decent gas mileage as one could expect from the Monster, as I often fondly refer to the engine. However, a 1000 cfm or better dragster carb can easily be fitted to increase the horsepower even more. Due to its power, it is not for the faint of heart at the old gas pump. I run high-octane fuel, with a racing fuel mix and an octane booster for the best performance, but the car will run on premium pump gas with an octane booster just fine and without any spark knock or performance degradation. Many states exclude cars of this age from emissions and inspections.
See and Hear this ride for yourself, by visiting one of my You Tube links below to see and hear this L-71. BIN $30,000. June 18, 2014. BiN $27,500 on june 10, 2016. Sold at $22,322 on June 19, 2016. For sale again due to non paying bidder at BiN $27,500 (Ended) on August 20, 2016.