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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 3:06 PM Thread Starter
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Re: The Mighty L-88 !

Never rode in an L88 'vette, but had friends who did...way back when. Apparently there was a guy in Bremerton, WA, that owned one (a '68 I believe) and took quite a number of people for test rides. What those I spoke to remembered is the flat out, top end power of that 'vette.
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396’s bored brother,
by Z Arkus Duntov !

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I'm sorry, I missed something.
You have been bad mouthing big blocks, and now you appear to be praising them.
Why the paradox????
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Yenko was never one to be limited by the factory, however, so he dragged a Rally Red 435/427 convertible off his show floor in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and got to work frankensteining a race car. In went a full-fledged L88 engine, plus its corresponding Muncie M-22 four-speed, and a race-spec roll bar and fuel cell. Thus, this particular ’68 Sunray-DX car is known as the “showroom car,” not because it lacks a racing resume, but because of its show-floor origins...

This ’68 L88 hasn’t fared particularly well at previous sales, and has suffered from overall weakness in the L88 market in recent years.

Kind of a cool car and story, Yenko prepped and driven, but its NOT an L88 Corvette, its an L71 with a L88 crate engine... And some people wonder why it hasn't fared well at previous sales.. probably because the sellers are comparing it to real L88 cars, with correspondingly higher reserves... But just speculation...
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An old high school friend got his hands on a real L88 Corvette back in the late 70's. It had an underhood fire and he did all the repairs. To that point in time it that was the strongest pulling car I had ever been in and it wasn't even in to the secondaries. The way it squats in the back was very memorable. I wonder if he still has it?

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I recall a magazine article, probably from Super Chevy, and probably from the 1980's, where a guy drove way out in the desert of Southern California, to check out an advertisement for a supposed 1969 L88 Corvette. The search ended at a home on a rural driveway that exited off a graveled county road, where the potential buyer was surprised to find a Red, low mileage, fully documented L88 4 Spd Corvette. Virtually everything, if I call correctly, was original excepting headers and the emissions equipment, which had been removed but was still with the car.

The guy ended up buying the car. What I remember most about the article, however, was one day on a wide, straight and empty highway the guy decided to see what this L88 Corvette had for a top speed. I don't recall the car's rear gear ratio (3.55 perhaps), but I do recall the owner/driver saying he ran out of balls before that open chamber L88 engine did, and the speed at that time was 160 MPH.

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I road in a couple. The late Raymond Davis of East Houston had one. Since ha was a fairly prominent racer in this area, he had some mods on it.

It was loud, it rattled, and you could feel the engine heat. It was also fast.

The Fain Brothers also had one. They were the local 409 freaks until they discovered the power of the Rat.

The L-88 is the really the icon of ‘60’s GM power.

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Love those cars. Baddest of the bad.
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It was loud, it rattled, and you could feel the engine heat. It was also fast.
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When my L88 was in a buddy's 67 Camaro, M20 , 4.56s, you punch that thing, and maybe we didnt have the carb set right ( we were 18/19, young , dumb and fulla...X ! ) but when you punched it, it had this habit of braking them lose at around 4500 rpm! Too much fun!

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I recall a magazine article, probably from Super Chevy, and probably from the 1980's, where a guy drove way out in the desert of Southern California, to check out an advertisement for a supposed 1969 L88 Corvette. The search ended at a home on a rural driveway that exited off a graveled county road, where the potential buyer was surprised to find a Red, low mileage, fully documented L88 4 Spd Corvette. Virtually everything, if I call correctly, was original excepting headers and the emissions equipment, which had been removed but was still with the car.

The guy ended up buying the car. What I remember most about the article, however, was one day on a wide, straight and empty highway the guy decided to see what this L88 Corvette had for a top speed. I don't recall the car's rear gear ratio (3.55 perhaps), but I do recall the owner/driver saying he ran out of balls before that open chamber L88 engine did, and the speed at that time was 160 MPH.
Makes me wonder... back in the mid-80's I attended the "Musclecar Nationals" or something similar up in Sacramento. I was speaking to a guy with a Red 68 or 69 L88 Corvette... Said he bought it for $5000. Even way back then, that was a steal. he said the seller knew it was an L88, and knew it was special (but apparently didn't realize the value)…

Just made me wonder if maybe it was the same car...
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