Only 116 of these L88 bad boys were built in 1969 – the last year of production. The L88 engine package available upon ordering a 1969 Corvette cost an additional near-quarter of the base price, so the majority of those who checked that box did so for one reason: drag racing. This very Fathom Green L88 convertible is up for grabs through the Mecum auction in Kissimmee starting this weekend (Jan. 18-19).

It is one of very few equipped with a factory heater, which indicates that this particular example was not originally bought to be raced. It was delivered new to Leslie, Michigan, powered by the race-prepped L88 427 cubic-inch 430-horsepower big-block featuring first-design closed chamber aluminum heads, a Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” close ratio 4-speed transmission, 4.56 Positraction rear, K66 transistor ignition, and J56 heavy-duty brakes.

In the spring of 1969, the owner packed up and took his Corvette on a 6,000-mile expedition to Alaska (of course with the heat blaring) and sold it upon his return. Its second owner campaigned it successfully as a drag racer until 1975, when it was placed in storage. Eleven years later, its current owner bought it and submitted it to a painstaking restoration, which was completed in 1988. Afterwards, it was included in the 1988 and 2008 Bloomington Gold Special Collection, the Earthquake 88, and L88 Invasion events.

This beautiful L88’s interior is Dark Green to match its exterior, and has a Black soft top, matching Green auxiliary hardtop, clear glass, Rally wheels, and Redline tires. Included in the sale are the owner’s manual, warranty book, original tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, and Bloomington certificates.

To learn more or to bid, visit www.mecum.com.