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Re: The Mighty L-88 !
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.
First Posted to TC as Ole Birkland in Feb 1999
1969 Chevelle SS396, L78, M22, KK 4.10 posi, F41, Blue Light Stereo, Tilt Column, Burgundy/Maroon w/Red Stripe, Black Bench Seat, PS,
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