1967 L88 Corvette Yenko This 1967 L88 Corvette coupe was ordered new by the Sunray DX Oil Company with the help of Don Yenko. It was picked up at the St. Louis Missouri Corvette plant by driver Dave Morgan and promptly driven to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania to break in the motor and drivetrain. Upon arrival at […]
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 Daytona Racer This 1967 L88 Corvette convertible was special ordered by Cliff Gottlob for road racing. He heard through the grapevine that the L88 option was specifically designed for racers in mind. Knowing that, he decided to personally take delivery of this car at the St. Louis Corvette plant and …. The […]
DeLorenzo 1967 L88 Corvette This 1967 L88 Corvette was special ordered by Tony DeLorenzo and delivered through Hanley Dawson Chevrolet in Detroit Michigan. Tony race prepped this L88 Corvette with some friends and he competed in the SCCA A/Production class. He won his first race at …. The complete article and full photo is in both […]
1967 L88 Corvette LeMans This 1967 L88 Corvette was ordered by Dana Chevrolet for the purpose of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A three driver team of Dick Guldstrand, Bob Bondurant, and Don Yenko would pilot this 1967 L88 Corvette, the only mid-year Corvette, around the world famous track. The car was […]
1967 L88 Corvette Guldstrand This 1967 L88 Corvette convertible was special ordered by a west coast racer. John Peter Hill ordered this L88 Corvette through Dana Chevrolet where Dick Guldstrand was working at the time. Hill special ordered this convertible with a soft top delete and 3.55:1 rear gears. Guldstrand supervised the …. The complete article […]