L88 Corvettes

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So What is an L88 Corvette?

The L-88 option package for the Corvette was the result of years of developmental work which resulted in a factory racing option package that could be ordered from Chevrolet in a brand new Corvette. The L-88 option was only available for three brief model years from 1967 through 1969. The L-88 Corvette was so potent, that it could not only allow the new owner or driver to win a race in local competition, but it also could propel a properly prepared Corvette to stunning finishing positions in world class International races, such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona. These racing victories with the L-88 option package, made the Corvette an overnight hit. The L-88 nomenclature became synonymous with Corvettes and with champions. Although only 216 L-88 Corvettes rolled off the St. Louis Corvette Plant assembly line during these three model years, the L-88 created an image of power and prestige that would live on with the Corvette for decades. Most of the race prepared L-88 Corvettes that competed on tracks in the United States and Europe are featured in my text book, and so are the predecessors that led up to the creation of the L-88 factory racing option. These are the Corvettes that started the legend. These are the Corvettes that shaped a generation of Corvettes and Corvette enthusiasts, and they are the Corvettes that shaped the future generations of Corvettes.

Total Production of L88 Corvettes

Year

Production

1967

20

1968

80

1969

116

 

So what exactly is an L88 Corvette? It's a special order ultra high performance Corvette that was equipped with the 427 cubic inch L88 full competition engine and its trademark L88 hood, a heavy duty M22 four speed transmission, J56 heavy duty disc brake calipers, J50 power brakes, F41 heavy duty suspension, K66 transistor ignition, and C48 heater delete (1967). These were all mandatory options that the buyer had to select in order to receive the L88 engine. It was an option package.
Additional options were available such as power windows, leather seats, bolt on hardtop, tinted glass, speed minder, side pipes, engine block heater, rear window defogger, head rests, tilt-telescopic steering column, and for late 1969, a heavy duty dual disc clutch, and a heavy duty turbohydramatic 400 automatic transmission. Comfort options such as a radio, air conditioning, and power steering were not available with the L88 engine option package.

I currently have two publications on the L88 Corvettes. I have a hardbound text book which contains over 500 photos on over 425 pages on the real history of why the L88 Corvette was built and what it accomplished professionally on the track. This book is Corvette Racing Legends, the story of the L88 option package, which was printed in 2008. More information about my text book is below. I also have an annual magazine which is covering more information about the L88 Corvettes which was not available when my text book was printed, and it also includes the very important information about the street production L88 Corvettes which again was not included in my text book.

Many of you have been asking me about my "Street" L88 production book. I am incorporating all the factory and street information into my new magazine Corvette Legends. I introduced the first issue at the 2015 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals and the 2016 issue was available at the show in November 2016. At this time, I only had them available in person at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago. My 2016 issue included new information on a few confirmed prototype 1966 L88 Corvettes.

Corvette Magazine

My plan is to have an annual issue for each 50th anniversary year of the L88 Corvette. So, in 2017 the issue will center around the 1967 L88 Corvette, the 2018 annual issue will center around the 1968 L88 Corvette and my final issue in 2019 will center around the 1969 L88 Corvette.

Future issues of my magazine will feature articles and stories about the factory production street L88 Corvettes along with hand selected 50th Anniversary year Corvettes from my invitational display PLUS some extra surprises!!

I am working with Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair and we are planning to have the first of many record setting L88 Corvette displays at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

L88 Corvette

The 2017 display will highlight the 50th anniversary of the 1967 L88 Corvette and we are planning on displaying most of the production run of the 20 that were built!

The 2018 display will highlight the 50th anniversary of the 1968 L88 Corvette and again we are planning on displaying a significant number of the production run of 80 that were built.

The 2019 display will highlight the 50th anniversary of the 1969 L88 Corvette and for our finale, we hope to display the largest gathering of L88 Corvettes ever!

I have more L88 info below on this page, so keep scrolling down to see more. Many of the L88 Corvettes listed on my site have sold at Collector Car Auctions over the past several years. I 've keep the brief histories up on this site and I hope to include most of these L88 Corvettes in my upcoming issues of Corvette Legends Magazine. Newest L88 Corvette info is found at my Corvette Legends site and you can contact me there as well. Click here for my latest Corvette updates.

 

 

 

 

I've always considered the Rebel Corvette to be one of the most successful L88 racing Corvettes of all time. I assisted the owner of the Rebel Corvette which sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction January 18th, 2014 for a new racing Corvette record of $2.86 Million dollars. This L88 Corvette was one of a few competition L88 Corvettes that I thoroughly researched and selected to feature in my L88 book: Corvette Racing Legends.


Here is the story of the Rebel Corvette.

Rebel L88 Corvette

The Fox crew stopped by several times but did not use all of their footage in their broadcast of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

 

 

Preview photos of my text book are shown below
and below that are only some national events I've been a part of:

 

The history of the L88 Corvette can be found in my L88 Corvette Book.

425+ Pages Over 500 Photos!

Here are a few photos from my L88 Corvette Book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel Corvette

Click Rebel Corvette Link for online story!

My L88 Corvette book is 424 pages long and it contains over 500 color and black and white photos, most of which have never been published before!

Corvette Racing Legends tells the real story of the Corvette, not just the story of the racing side of the Corvette. It also explains how and why it was developed, how it turned into a world class sports car, and who did it.

I put 14 years of research into this Corvette book and I am also an NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) member who started his experience with 427 Corvettes back in 1976!


This book is a must for all Corvette owners and enthusiasts alike.

This book is being shipped WORLDWIDE

Each book is personally autographed by me, Dr. Pete.

Corvette Book

Now Officially Out of Print

 

 

I have 10 dozen books remaining for online orders.

I will be closing my official online store at Vettura Publishing in September 2017 or sooner. It all depends on my book inventory.

 

I only have a few more boxes remaining which are being used for mail order purchases.
This L88 history is significant to the development and history of ALL Factory Corvettes, and not just L88s in particular. All of the classic Corvettes are discussed in my book, and the significance of performance options and how they pertain to the L88 are discussed as well.

I have set aside a certain number of these books for my displays at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals for 2017, 2018 and 2019. As I mentioned above, these anniversary years are the big years for the 1967, 1968, and 1969 L88 Corvettes and I have set aside a proper amount of them for these shows in Chicago. Those issues are already accounted for. If you want an issue sent to you, I would suggest that you order it now, because once the remaining books are gone, I will not be able to mail out any others.

 

Order Your Copy Now

L88 Corvette Book

 

Remaining Books Priced at $89.95 each

Retail Price $150.00

Each book is personally autographed by me, Dr. Pete.

U.S. and International orders 24/7 in our secure online store Click Here

 

More L88 Corvettes are below:

 

L88 Corvette

 

I started buying, restoring, and selling Corvettes back in the 70s and this hobby has grown to an unexpected level.


My book went global in 2008 and since then many people and organizations have been using my name and my book for promotional purposes with their L-88 Corvettes.

The use of my name and/or any parts of my book are not allowed and will not be tolerated for the display, promotion, description, sale and services of any kind without my prior approval.


You can contact me at L88Doc at Gmail.com

 

See Thru Corvette

See Thru Corvette

 

 

 

L88 NCRS Corvette

 

I can also be seen in the following magazines:

 

Super Chevy Magazine

 

Corvette Fever Magazine

 

NCRS Driveline Magazine

 

Vintage Motorsport Magazine

 

 

National L88 Corvette Car Show invites are shown below:

Here are some more L88 related photos from the national
Corvette shows that I'm invited to each year.
Just click on the BLUE links to see more pictures:

L88 Corvette 2013

2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
I was invited to participate in the Corvette L88 Invitational Display


2010 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
I was invited to be a part of the 1st RPO L88 Corvette Display
The Tony DeLorenzo 1967 L88 Corvette

Click Here for more L88 Corvettes

In 2011, I was invited to be a partner of the Bloomington Gold Great Hall.
A very proud moment.

Tony DeLorenzo and his 1967 L-88 Corvette were both inducted into the Great Hall at Bloomington Gold for 2011.
Click here for more photos and info.

 

2009 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
I was invited to be a part of the special L88 Showcase

L88 Corvettes and my L88 Corvette book at the 2009 MCACN

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Corvettes from the 2011 Muscle Car and
Corvette Nationals

 

Breaking News!

C7 Corvette plans for L88 Engine Option!
Click Here for the Story!

 

 


 

1967 L88 Corvettes

 


1968 L88 Corvettes

 

 


1969 L88 Corvettes

 

 

 

 

Please visit my other sites:

Corvette Legends

Corvette Racing Legends

The Chevrolet Camaro

COPO YENKO Camaro

 

 

I want to thank the photographers and organizations who contributed photographs to this L-88 Corvette Racing book

Please visit their sites :

 

Corvette Legends

Corvette Pete

Registry of Corvette Race Cars

Greenwood Corvettes

International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

Vintage-SportsCar-Photos.com Allen Kuhn

Pete Lyons Photos

Corvette Repair

 

Zora Arkus-Duntov was incharge of the L-88 Corvette. It was intended for racing purposes, but only a few of the 216 L-88s produced actually raced on road racing courses or drag strips.

Think about this for a moment, for this can never happen in today's society:
The ability of a customer to walk into a Chevrolet dealership, select the correct options to purchase a competitive L-88 Corvette, that can win victories not only in local competition, but can also win in International races against factory teams, is exactly what Duntov intended for the Corvette. That is what the L88 was all about, and that is why the Corvette is the world class high performance sports car that it is today.

 

Some additional L-88 Corvette information: Top professional drivers and talented amateurs drove these Corvettes to victories in some of the world’s most challenging races. All the drivers who drove Corvettes in the high profile races are shown and discussed in this Corvette racing book. Zora Arkus Duntov, John Fitch, Dale Duncan, Walt Hansgen, Max Goldman, Ray Crawford, Dr. Dick Thompson, Piero Taruffi, Paul O'Shea, Pete Lovely, Gaston Andrey, Skip Hudson, Frank Cairns, Bob Bondurant, Andy Porterfield, Bob Kongelbak, Bob Dickson, Briggs Cunningham, William Kimberly, Fred Gamble, Lou Lilley, Bob Grossman, Fred Windridge, Dave McDonald, Jerry Grant, Doug Hooper, Dick Guldstrand, Junior Johnson, Rex White, Billy Krause, Dick Lang, Bob Johnson, Don Yenko, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Allen, Jeff Stevens, Ralph Salyer, Tony Denman, Robert Brown, Ed Cantrell, Delmo Johnson, Dave Morgan, Jim Hurtubise, Roy Kumnick, Ed Lowther, Duncan Black, Don Campbell, Scott Briley, Joe Playan, Roger Penske, Augie Pabst, Jim Hall, John Cannon, Joe Freitas, Hap Sharp, Jack Saunders, George Wintersteen, Alan Sevadjian, Ed Sevadjian, Peter Goetz, Ed Diehl, Ben Moore,  Herb Caplan, Gary Gove, Dave Heinz, Robert Ryan Brown, Joe Welch, Tony DeLorenzo,  John Hill, Rex Ramsey, Scooter Patrick, Davey Jordan, Ed Leslie, Jerry Thompson, Pedro Rodriguez, Bill Morrison, Sylvain Garant, Jean Michel Giorgi, Henri Greder, Umberto Maglioli, Dave Dooley, Gerry Gregory, Jim Harrell, Robert Esseks, Frank Dominianni, Or Costanzo, Gib Hustader, Ron Weaver, William Morrison, Anthony DeLorenzo, Allan Barker, John Paul, Henry Greder, Reine Wisell, Cliff Gottlob, John Mahler, John Greenwood, Richard Hoffman, David Dooley, Jim Greendyke, Bill Schumacher, Bill Petree, Jean Claude Aubriet, Joseph Bourdon, Jean Pierre Rouget, Fred Kepler, Robert Luebbe, Michael Summers, Dick Smothers, Bob Baechle, Marie Claude Beaumont, Charlie Kemp, Micheal Oleyar, Tony Adamowicz, John Cordts, Oscar Koveleski, Wilbur Pickett, Jerry Hansen, Anthony DeLorenzo, Dave Cormany, Gary Sullivan, Maurice Mo Carter, Ron Grable, Denny Long, Bob McClure, Dana English, Steve Durst, Mike Brockman, J Marshall Robbins, Johnny Rutherford, Vince Muzzin, Carl Shafer, Rick Mancuso, Bernard Darniche, Burt Greenwood, John Cargill, Buzz Fyhrie, Paul DePirro, Greg Pickett, James Mancuso, Eliiot Forbe Robinson, and other drivers and enthusiasts such as Grady Davis from the Gulf Oil Company, John Mecom, James Garner and his AIR L88 Corvettes, Doug Bergen and his L88 Corvettes and even more ZL1 Corvettes.All the major racing tracks are captured in beautiful color and black and white photography, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Daytona, Riverside, Road America at Elkhart Lake, Le Mans, Road Atlanta, and many more SCCA, IMSA, and FIA races are included.  Rare and previously unprinted SCCA ARRC Runoffs, 24 hour races at Daytona and Le Mans, 12 hour races held in Sebring Florida, 6 hour races at Watkins Glen, and more!The other Corvette books on the market do not have the John Greenwood coverage that Corvette Racing Legends contains. Dozens of BFG ZL1 Corvette photos that have never been published before and in this book for your viewing pleasure.Owens Corning Corvettes of Tony DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson are historically documented by dozens of never before published color and black and white photos, which will not be found anywhere else.These rare photos have been obtained from the archives of collectors and enthusiasts who photographed these fantastic L-88 Corvettes at the tracks when these Corvettes originally raced. Original photos from tracks such as Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, Watkins Glen, Riverside, Road Atlanta and others will be found here. Now You can share your enjoyment and enthusiasm for Corvettes with your family with this "coffee table" Corvette book that is loaded with oversize photos that tell the story of Corvette and of America from the 50s through the 70s! Even Don Yenko and his Sunray DX racing L88 Corvettes are included. Yenko's Corvette racing led to his COPO Camaros.

 

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