1967 L88 Corvette Buddy Herin This Marlboro Maroon L88 Corvette convertible was purchased by Jim Elmer of Portland, Oregon from Lyman Slack Chevrolet for drag racing duty. Many years later, it was purchased by Tim Thorpe of O’Fallon Illinois who achieved a regional NCRS Top Flight with it in 1997. In 1998, Tim sold this […]
1967 L88 Corvette
This 1967 L88 Corvette page contains 15 known L88 Corvettes. I have a short description of each Corvette and a link to my magazine and text book which covers these Corvettes in much greater detail. All the famous Corvettes are here: Guldstrand, Flying Dutchman, Quicksilver, Yenko, 12 mile, Daytona racer, DeLorenzo, Bondurant and Le Mans, and even more street L88 Corvettes! So feel free to browse this site. I really don’t think you will find this same collection of 1967 L88 Corvettes anywhere else.
Before you take a look at the 1967 L88 Corvettes that I’ve presented here for you, I need to tell you a few things about the Corvette restoration hobby. I don’t make the rules, but when I started with Corvettes back in 1976, I never needed to concern myself with re-stamped engine blocks. They didn’t exist back then. The Corvette engine blocks were stamped by Chevrolet to identify the date of manufacture, the model that it belonged to, the horsepower rating, and the VIN number. So the Corvette that you were considering for purchase either had its original engine block, or it had a swapped in substitute Chevrolet engine from some other source.
By the late seventies or early eighties, everything changed. The large Corvette organizations created judging rules and guidelines that basically devalued original surviving Corvettes from the fifties and sixties. Many owners were forced to remove their original interiors and window glass and to replace them with reproduction parts for maximum judging points. They were also forced to strip the original paint from their original Corvettes and forced to have multi layered modern paint applied for maximum judging points.
The powers that be determined that the value of Corvettes would be significantly greater with an original Corvette engine block than with a replacement block. Once that started, counterfeit Corvette engines pretending to be original factory installed engines, started to show up for the judges to critique. Service replacement engines and warranty engines that had never been stamped, and many engines which were sourced from other Chevrolet models were decked or machined at the machine shop, were professionally re-stamped “in the spirit of originality” for judging purposes.
To the trained eye, these engines are spotted very easily, but despite that fact, most of these engines received top judging points at major events which were very influential in establishing value for that particular Corvette. This has happened to thousands of Corvettes over the past three decades, and L88 Corvettes have not been immune from this plague.
Excuses are always given as to why this non original engine is as close as possible to a factory installed engine, but it never changes the fact that the original Corvette engine has been long gone for decades. A re-stamped engine or a date code correct engine block is not an original engine, period. Please remember that when you are evaluating any Corvette. That’s the reality of it all.
Oh, by the way, don’t forget that just because an engine might be stamped as a high performance or a special high performance Corvette engine, it doesn’t confirm that the original internal parts which were unique to these special high performance engines are within the engine that you are looking at. The Corvette only parts, such as the ultra-high compression pistons, heavy duty connecting rods, special crankshaft, and ultra-high lift cam most likely have been replaced with lower compression pistons, standard rods and crank, which are balanced with a less radical cam to allow the engine to run better on today’s gasolines. It would be best to have photo and paper documentation of the engine build in the Corvette that you are looking at.
High performance Corvette engines have a unique sound, idle speed, and an at-idle vacuum reading that should match original vintage Chevrolet repair manual specifications, plus the performance to match its appearance.
I am accepting applications for my Corvette Legends Invitational Display at the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN. Please contact Bob Ashton to have your L88 Corvette available to all the major automotive media in November 2019!
1967 L88 Corvette Flying Dutchman This L88 Corvette was used primarily for street racing and drag racing at local tracks. As long as this L88 was running, it was a winner. It was raced for about a year by its original owner and the car was nicknamed “The Flying Dutchman” The complete article and full […]
1967 L88 Corvette Quicksilver This silver 1967 L88 Corvette coupe was ordered and purchased through Rosenthal Chevrolet of Arlington Virginia by John Wiggins of Springfield Virginia. He selected a 4.56:1 rear axle gear for the drag racing activities that he wished to pursue. Low eleven second quarter mile times were accomplished with the addition of […]
1967 L88 Corvette 12 Mile This red L88 Corvette coupe was sold through Alan Green Chevrolet of Seattle, Washington. A representative from Alan Green Chevrolet picked up this Corvette at the train yard after it was unloaded from its train car and drove it a few miles back to the dealership. It was purchased by […]
1967 L88 Corvette Convertible This 1967 L88 Corvette convertible was purchased new by Richard Rietman of Watertown, Massachusetts on April 17, 1967 from Commonwealth Chevrolet in Boston Massachusetts. Rietman special ordered this L88 Corvette once his dealership informed him about the special high performance features of the L88 option package. A few weeks after delivery of […]
1967 L88 Corvette White Coupe The owner of this 1967 L88 Corvette wanted a white/black 1967 L88 Corvette to match his 1968 model. He looked for several years and just by happenstance, he heard about such a car by word of mouth. This white Corvette was located in …. The complete article and full photo is […]
1967 L88 Corvette Black This black L88 Corvette coupe is considered as the last 1967 L88 Corvette due to its high vin number. It only has 11,000 miles and it has additional options of Tinted Glass, N14 Side mounted exhaust system, and a 4.56:1 rear axle, which was most likely used for some serious street […]
1967 L88 Corvette Lyndale Blue I remember seeing this 1967 Corvette at a Bloomington Gold show over 20 years ago. It caught my attention as I was walking through one of the corrals because it was a radio delete and it was not powered by an L88 427 engine. This Corvette apparently ended up at […]
1967 L88 Corvette Yellow Coupe This Sunfire Yellow 1967 L88 Corvette coupe was purchased new by Bob Baker in Northern California and was used as a drag race car for about two years. During these early racing years, the car always created attention as ….. The complete article and full photo is in the 2017 […]
1967 L88 Corvette Coupe This Marina Blue L88 Corvette coupe was sold through Bast Chevrolet of Seaforth, New York when it was brand new. However, it was transferred through a dealer trade to Giles Chevrolet of Long Island, New York. This dealership installed a roll bar, a shoulder harness, and safety equipment for its original […]