1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 CONVERTIBLE - 180556 Sold* at Scottsdale 2015 - Lot #1049 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 CONVERTIBLE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/180556/180556_Front_3-4_Web.JPG
Lot #1049   1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 CONVERTIBLE
Auction Scottsdale 2015
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1049
Year 1968
Make CHEVROLET
Model CORVETTE
Style CONVERTIBLE
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN 194678S408790
Exterior Color CORDOVAN MAROON
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 427 L89
Transmission MANUAL
Description
Lot #1049 - Previously from the personal collection of "Mr. October," Reggie Jackson. In 1968, Chevrolet introduced the new Sting Ray body style of the Corvette, a design that was so well received it would continue without major changes until 1982. The L89 aluminum head option cost $832.05, which included the normal L71 engine in 1968. Although power was stated to be 435hp with the L71 427 equipped Corvette, there is little doubt that the powerplant put out more. Its performance was outstanding: 0 to 60mph in 4.2 seconds and 0 to 100mph in 8.0 seconds. In his book "Corvette-America's Sports Car" Randy Leffingwell writes, "The engine was underrated at 435hp to confuse amateurs and to keep the engines off the streets and out of the hands of those unaware of its true potential." Just 624 L89 equipped Corvettes were built with this engine in 1968. The Corvette offered here is a stunning original restored car from Berger Chevrolet with a fully restored L89 427 V8 mated to an M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed close-ratio transmission. To cope with the power, the Corvette has a heavy-duty suspension and the ultra-high performance 4.11:1 posi-traction limited-slip differential. This rare Corvette is beautifully finished in its original color of Cordovan Maroon and maintains its original black interior. In addition, it still retains its original tires, wheels and trim rings. Complete with the original Tank Sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner's manual and the Berger Chevrolet sticker on the triangular air cleaner. For those looking for the ultimate in high-performance big block Corvettes, this 1968 Corvette is one of the fastest production automobiles of the era and would make a stunning and exciting addition to any collection.
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