|1969 Corvette with real LO code 427 L88 motor with its all Aluminum top end. Let me know, I just may take $25,000.00 for it, not a penny less. I prefer you come see it or call me. I may even take a nice bike for part trade, let me know if you have something else to trade but it can't be a car that would go in the garage, I need the space. The interior is mostly original, a plus to some and not to others. The carpet was replaced and it's got a crappy redone dash cover. The seats are getting old, one is torn. The body work is as good at it gets, better than new. The paint is awesome but the clear coat has its blems. It was lightly sanded with 1500 grit and polished. The clear coat is very thick and can be sanded more or left alone, it shines real nicely now. All window glass is original. It's been partly restored and it's pretty much a turn key car but please research the L88 before believing they make the perfect daily driving car, they don't, they were made for the racetrack and some got to the street. They only sold 216 of them during the combined 3 year run, 1967, 68 and 69. This motor is not a clone motor, it's a real LO Code 427 over the counter L88 motor purchased in 1969 thru the Chevrolet parts department. Please don't confuse this motor with one from the real 216 cars, it's not, but of all Clones out there, this motor is very hard to beat. Please note that the pictures of the crank and bottom end were taken from a computer screen. I have the original 1080 High Resolution video that proves what's in the bottom end of the motor, I can't post the video here. Block is 3963512 Four Bolt mains, Dated in Dec 1968. Heads 074 usually sell between $4,000.00 and $7,000.00 on ebay at any time for a good set. They are Aluminum and they have the Winters Foundry marks. Crankshaft 7115 they usually are listed between $1,000.00 and $2500... right here on ebay. This is the Crank that the L88 needs to hit the high RPM.
7/16 rods are stronger than normal, the strength was needed for the L88 and their high RPM's. Solid lifter cams were also required for the high RPM's. Original Aluminum intake with Winters Foundry marks. Pad stamp is T0626LO good luck finding this one to compare its value. Logical question here is, why the spread on the dates? Two possible reasons, one would be the labor strikes of 1969 and the only other logical explanation is that it was restamped many years ago. I have had a few experts examine it and they believe it's real, so do I but I can't prove it. This motor stamp is very very old and most likely original. It was a perfect running motor that required no work when I got it. Like many nice motors from back in the day, this motor does run on pump gas today because the valves and pistons were redone. Original L88 Holly Carb goes with it but I did buy a brand new Holly. The car is not 100 per cent finished, that is why I prefer to talk before you bid. I have not put the chrome back on, the trim pieces painted red have not been mounted either. The wheels are cheap and the chrome is pitted on them, they are ugly. The tires look about 20 years old with 20 miles or so. I got the car with no motor, originally a 350 car, the original trans was still there. The car already had the L88 flares and scoop added to the hood. It had an ugly 10 foot paint job, I mean ugly but the body was straight. When I pealed back the ugly paint, the original Hugger Orange was still underneath, no fillers, just a clean car to start with. I lifted the car and went underneath and just used soap and water to clean most of it, very little paint was needed. Much of the original fiberglass underneath is still very clean without a scratch. In went the motor, new radiator and a service of the Turbo 400 trans. Then I took it to a shop who put in new Exhaust and then replaced a tie rod and adjuster, then the front end was aligned. The aluminum top end on the motor makes for a big block that weighs about the same as a normal small block so the front end needed no special work to make up for a weight difference. From there it went to the paint shop. You can see the pictures, it went from a sanding primer to a sealer to the paint and then the clear coat. Then back home where it has been sitting. In the last 8 months, the only thing I have done is remove the steering column and have a shop replace the upper and lower bearings. It didn't wiggle much but it was enough to make it right.
The last known L88 produced has a serial number of 737301. This car is # 737783. The final 1969 Corvette produced was 738762. They always said, the later the 69, the better. With 38,762 made in 69, the most produced year in Corvette history, it's hard to be later than the last thousand.
Here are some good examples real L88's and of Clones at their very best:
The L88 was the rarest of all Corvettes back in the late 60's, well except the two ZL1's. The highest priced so far was the 1967 L88 that was purchased in Portland new, an over the counter L88 motor re-installed due to the original being blown, and it still brought $3.2 Million Dollars, wow. UPDATE; Just checked Barrett Jackson for the sale they had at the end of January, two of the top ten highest dollar cars were L88's. Another new record was just set, another 1967 that was never raced went for $3,900,000.00 while the famous Rebel just sold for $2,900,000.00. Then google the Owens Corning L88 Car that recently sold for $1,100,000.00 Lot # 5041. Google James Garner L88 Corvette and you will see this car looks like it does. His recently sold for $750,000.00. Where does all that bring you? Back to the word CLONE and the expected values of them. The best research would be the Barrett Jackson show, bear with me though. Back in 2007 the L88 Clone that was considered to be the Best in America for a Clone was sold there for $85,800.00 Lot # 693. In 2012 a car similar to this sold for $71,500.00 with a small block, lot # 695.1. 2007, a clone with an L88 motor sold for $51,700.00, lot # 1212. Prices have really gone up since then as well. Other lot #'s to see are #1530, 528, 639 and I am sure there are more. They have info on every Car like it they ever sold but like I said, bear with me. They are not free nor inexpensive like ebay. Besides, many of their cars are 100 per cent perfect to bring that kind of money. Bottom line, what is mine worth? Time to find out.
I have many pictures and some video of the motor with the oil pan removed to prove the crank, as well as the valve covers removed. The inside of the motor is as clean as it was the day it was new. I also have part numbers as well. Probably an 350/300 originaly. 95,513 miles from the odometer. $25,000. March 27, 2014.