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VIN 194679S723530


   
Car Year: 1969
Car's approximate birthday: July 2, 1969
 
Owner: Mecum Auctions
City: Monterey
State: California
Country: United States
 
Purchase date: Undefined
Status: Current Owner
 
Nickname: 194679S723530
State: Top Flight
 
Exterior: 976 LeMans Blue
Interior: 411 Bright Blue (Vinyl) (9.10%)
Softtop: Black
Wheels: Silver (100.00%)
 
Delivery Dealer Zone: Unknown
Delivery Dealer Code: Unknown
 
Options: RPO Option Percentage
Sold [%]
Sales Price
[$]
  19467 Base Corvette Convertible (BB 430hp) 42.91% 4,438.00
  A82 Headrests   17.95
  C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 20.32% 252.80
  C08 Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop) 8.43% 57.95
  F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension 4.29% 36.90
  G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 95.36% 46.35
  J50 Power Brakes 43.54% 42.15
  J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes 0.30% 384.45
  K66 Transistor Ignition System 14.71% 81.10
  L88 427ci, 430hp Engine 0.30% 1,032.15
  M22 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty 0.26% 290.40
  Total   0.0000%
(1 Cars)
6,680.20
 
Factory job nr.: Unknown
Export Car: Non Export Car
 
Car history:
01/06/2016

Monterey 2015, Lot S82
For performance aficionados and investors, L88 Corvettes stand alone. The example
you are seeing here is at the pinnacle of that category. A documented roadster
featuring a unique LeMans Blue-on-Bright Blue color combination, open-chamber
cylinder heads, and excellent provenance, this meticulously restored and detailed
rarity commanded a high 98.1 score in Top Flight NCRS judging in October of 2014.

Built in small numbers between 1967 and 1969, the 427 L88 package was not a
vehicle for the faint of heart. In fact, Chevrolet was deliberately careful to price
and market L88-optioned cars primarily to actual racers. Underrated at 430 horsepower,
these were factory-built with mandatory options like the M22 4-speed transmission,
F41 heavy-duty suspension, K66 transistor ignition, J50 power brakes and J56
heavy-duty disc brake calipers. One of the 116 examples built during 1969, the
final year of availability and augmented with a Black vinyl hard top, this particular
L88 is well-known among Corvette historians.

After being custom-ordered by the son of a wealthy Kentucky tobacco family who
decided not to take delivery for personal reasons, the car ended up in Tennessee.
It first entered the car hobby back in 1977 when the promoter of the Knoxville
Corvette Expo, Bryan Cooper, had the opportunity to buy it. He in turn offered it
to Corvette authority Paul Kitchen, and at that time they together dropped the gas
tank and found the all-important tank sticker. Removed for safekeeping, the sticker
remained with Kitchen when the car sold again sometime later, but it was reunited
with the vehicle in November 1987 when new owners Joe Cheeks and David Love
of Automania inquired about it to Mr. Kitchen. More recently, David Burroughs and
his Prove It process were employed to scientifically verify that stickers authenticity.

The car was placed in storage almost 25 years, until February 2012, when it was
delivered to renowned restoration expert Roger Gibson, who performed an all-
encompassing frame-off restoration. Totaling 5,100 billed hours in a 19-month
period, this spectacular machine has been exactingly returned to its as-built state.
Its correct LeMans Blue paint with matching Bright Blue interior and Black vinyl
auxiliary hardtop gives it a stunning appearance. The extensive use of NOS pieces
and preservation of original components was coupled to a carefully executed driveline
restoration including the open-chamber head L88 engine and M22 aluminum-case 4-speed.

The sale comes with several signed documents noting its past history, including
one from the original intended buyer Henry Baird, two three-ring binders showing
the work done by Gibson with accompanying receipts, an NCRS shipping report
and NCRS validation service. It will also come with the Prove-It report and the
original tank sticker.

- NCRS Top Flight award in 2015
- Discovered in Knoxville in the late 1970s by Bryon Cooper and Paul Kitchen
- Upon arrival at Cooper's shop they dropped the gas tank and revealed the
original tank sticker
- Purchased by the previous owner in November 1987 and stored until February 2012
- After almost 25 years in storage, the car was taken to renowned Corvette
expert Roger Gibson for restoration
- Gibson's team completed a 5,100 hour complete frame-off restoration over 19 months
- Open chamber L88 427/430 HP V-8 engine
- 4-speed manual transmission
- Factory correct LeMans Blue with Blue interior
- Black vinyl auxiliary hardtop
- Documented with the original tank sticker, NCRS Shipping Data report,
restoration receipts, two 3-ring binders of restoration photos and a detailed
description of the work performed by Gibson and his team
- 'Prove It' inspection paperwork from Dave Burroughs certifying the original tank
sticker and previous certificates of authenticity
 
For Sale: No

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