|1) Our prized 1968 Sunray DX L88 Corvette will be on the block at the Inaugural Worldwide Auction at Pacific Grove on the Monterey Penninsula, complete with almost half a century of original paperwork, verification and correspondences. This car was built for SunOil Company as a five car effort for Daytona and Sebring in 1968. Built and driven by Don Yenko himself, it has a factory L-88 engine and raced in 1968's 24-hour race at Daytona (now the Rolex 24), where it took second place. It set a GT-class lap record in Sebring with Yenko and Pedro Rodriquez - yes, the famous Ferrari Driver, in his only race behind the wheel of a Corvette - at its helm. This car underwent a complete frame-off restoration in 2006 by world-renowned Kevin Mackay and his team at Corvette Repair, and has since received an impressive amount of awards, including induction into the Bloomington Gold Special Collection and the NCRS American Heritage Award. These awards cement this ferocious Sunray-DX as one of the most thrilling and pivotal pieces of Corvette - and automobile - history. One of the most successful and highly documented C3 racecars in history will go on the auction block at The Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, with Worldwide Auctioneers in charge of the action.
This 1968 Corvette L88 Sunray-DX race car is expected to bring $950,000 to $1.25 million, according to the auction company.
That wouldn't be a surprise considering how successful this car was in the 1960s, the level of restoration it has undergone, and the stack of impressive awards it's received since. A little background on the car's origins:
It's known as the showroom car to L-88 historians because when the factory L-88 car that legendary racer Don Yenko had ordered for the 1968 Daytona 24-Hour race, he grabbed a Rally Red L-71 427/435 hardtop convertible off his showroom floor and transformed it into an L-88.
What a run this car would go on to have! It finished second in class in the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona (in between two other Yenko Sunray-DX cars, the class-winning 1967 L-88 and another 1968 L-88), set a GT-class lap record in the 1968 Sebring 12 Hours, and won the 1968 SCCA Midwest Division road-racing title.
A subsequent owner raced the car in the 1970s and 80s, and then in 2008, restoration expert Kevin MacKay of Corvette Repair in Valley Stream, N.Y., brought it back to its 1968 glory. Since then, it has received the coveted NCRS American Heritage Award representing the Corvette racing legacy, including verification that this is the real car and chassis that raced in 1968. It's also been inducted into the prestigious Bloomington Gold Special Collection.
The new owner will receive a thick binder with full ownership history, the NCRS Shipping Data Report, NCRS Award Verification Letter, and all original paperwork from new, including Sunray-DX correspondence.
The auction company calls this car one of the most historically significant and well-verified of all C3 Corvette racecars in existence and available, adding that it is truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity. VIN not absolutly certain as owner indicated only last 4#. August 19, 2017, updated with pictures 9-18 on August 6, 2020. Asking $875,000.