L-88: The Corvette Champion
The L-88 option package for the Corvette was the result of years of developmental work
which resulted in a factory racing option package that could be ordered from Chevrolet
in a brand new Corvette. The L-88 option was only available for three brief model years
from 1967 through 1969. The L-88 Corvette was so potent, that it could not only allow the
new owner or driver to win a race in local competition, but it also could propel a properly
prepared Corvette to stunning finishing positions in world class International races,
such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona. These racing victories
with the L-88 option package, made the Corvette an overnight hit. The L-88 nomenclature
became synonymous with Corvettes and with champions. Although only 216 L-88 Corvettes
rolled off the St. Louis Corvette Plant assembly line during these three model years, the L-88
image of power and prestige
live on with the Corvette for decades.
Most of the race prepared L-88 Corvettes that competed on tracks in the United States and
Europe are featured in my book, and so are the predecessors that led up to the creation
of the L-88 factory racing option. These are the Corvettes that started the legend.
These are the Corvettes that shaped a generation of Corvettes and Corvette enthusiasts,
and they are the Corvettes that shaped the future generations of Corvettes.
Over 500 Photos!
So what exactly is an L88 Corvette? It's a special order ultra high performance Corvette
that was equipped with the 427 cubic inch L88 full competition engine and its trademark L88 hood,
a heavy duty M22 four speed transmission, J56 heavy duty disc brake calipers,
J50 power brakes, F41 heavy duty suspension, K66 transistor ignition, and
C48 heater delete (1967). These were all mandatory options that the buyer had to
select in order to receive the L88 engine. It was an option package.
Additional options were available such as power windows, leather seats,
bolt on hardtop,
tinted glass, speed minder, side pipes, engine block heater,
rear window defogger,
head rests, tilt-telescopic steering column, and for late 1969, a heavy duty
dual disc clutch, and a heavy duty turbohydramatic 400 automatic transmission.
Comfort options such as a radio, air conditioning, and power steering were not
available with the L88 engine option package.
Total Production of L88 Corvettes
Before you take a look at the photos and order my L-88 Corvette
Racing Legends book, I want to bring something to your attention.
My book went global in 2008 and since then many people and
organizations have been using my name and my book
for promotional purposes with their L-88 Corvettes.
The use of my name and/or any parts of my book are not allowed
and will not be tolerated for the display, promotion, description, sale
and services of any kind without my prior approval.
If you have an L-88 Corvette and you would like to consult me
regarding your Corvette or if you have an L-88 Corvette that
you are preparing for sale or auction, I have services that
are available to improve the presentation and sale of your Corvette.
Same thing for potential buyers. Do you know the difference
between a date code correct, restoration engine, period correct,
restamped block, born with engine, or factory installed engine?
Do you know how to spot frame damage?
Keep that in mind when you are bidding or buying your next Corvette.
I inspect Corvettes at most major auctions.
My name is listed in the print media with two L88 Corvettes
that sold for record prices at the time of their auctions.
1968 Owens Corning L88 Corvette
Sold for $1.1 Million Dollars
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013
1968 L88 Corvette Convertible
Sold for $687,500 Dollars
Russo and Steele Auction January 2012
If you are interested, please contact me at L88Doc at Gmail dot com
I am scheduled to be at several major auctions in 2014.
Preview photos of my book are shown below:
Each book is personally autographed by the author.
The history of the L88 Corvette can be found in my L88 Corvette Book.
This L88 history is significant to the development and history of
ALL Factory Corvettes, and not just L88s in particular. All of the classic
Corvettes are discussed in my book, and the significance of
options and how they pertain to the L88 are discussed as well.
Here are a few photos from my L88 Corvette Book:
My L88 Corvette book is 424 pages long and it contains over 500 color and
black and white photos, most of which have never been published before!
Corvette Racing Legends tells the real story of the Corvette,
not just the story of the racing side of the Corvette.
It also explains how and why it was developed,
how it turned into a
world class sports car, and who did it.
This book is a must
for all Corvette owners and enthusiasts alike.
I have put 14 years of research into this Corvette book and
also an NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) member
who started his experience with 427 Corvettes back in 1976!
I can also be seen in the following magazines:
Retail Price $150.00
Over 500 Photos!
Each book is personally autographed by the author.
This book is being shipped WORLDWIDE
Here are some more L88 related photos from the major
Corvette shows that I participate with each year.
Just click on the BLUE links to see more pictures:
In 2011, I was invited to be a partner of the Bloomington Gold Great Hall. A very proud moment.
Tony DeLorenzo and his 1967 L-88 Corvette were both
inducted into the Great Hall at Bloomington Gold for 2011.
Click here for more photos and info.
Take a look at the 1967, 1968, and 1969 L88 Corvettes
that I've place here, then take a look at my book below.
Just click on the BLUE Links for more photos:
Click on as many L88 links as you like!
Please visit my other sites:
I want to thank the photographers and organizations
contributed photographs to this L-88 Corvette Racing book
Please visit their sites :
Zora Arkus-Duntov was incharge of the L-88 Corvette. It was intended for racing purposes,
but only a few
of the 216 L-88s produced actually raced on road racing courses or drag strips.
Think about this for a moment, for this can never happen in today's society:
The ability of a customer to walk into a Chevrolet dealership, select the correct options to
purchase a competitive L-88 Corvette, that can win victories not only in local competition,
but can also win in International races against factory teams, is exactly what Duntov intended
for the Corvette.
That is what the L88 was all about, and that is why the Corvette is the
world class high performance sports car that it is today.
Some additional L-88 Corvette information: Top professional drivers and talented amateurs drove these Corvettes to victories in some of the world’s most challenging races. All the drivers who drove Corvettes in the high profile races are shown and discussed in this Corvette racing book. Zora Arkus Duntov, John Fitch, Dale Duncan, Walt Hansgen, Max Goldman, Ray Crawford, Dr. Dick Thompson, Piero Taruffi, Paul O'Shea, Pete Lovely, Gaston Andrey, Skip Hudson, Frank Cairns, Bob Bondurant, Andy Porterfield, Bob Kongelbak, Bob Dickson, Briggs Cunningham, William Kimberly, Fred Gamble, Lou Lilley, Bob Grossman, Fred Windridge, Dave McDonald, Jerry Grant, Doug Hooper, Dick Guldstrand, Junior Johnson, Rex White, Billy Krause, Dick Lang, Bob Johnson, Don Yenko, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Allen, Jeff Stevens, Ralph Salyer, Tony Denman, Robert Brown, Ed Cantrell, Delmo Johnson, Dave Morgan, Jim Hurtubise, Roy Kumnick, Ed Lowther, Duncan Black, Don Campbell, Scott Briley, Joe Playan, Roger Penske, Augie Pabst, Jim Hall, John Cannon, Joe Freitas, Hap Sharp, Jack Saunders, George Wintersteen, Alan Sevadjian, Ed Sevadjian, Peter Goetz, Ed Diehl, Ben Moore, Herb Caplan, Gary Gove, Dave Heinz, Robert Ryan Brown, Joe Welch, Tony DeLorenzo, John Hill, Rex Ramsey, Scooter Patrick, Davey Jordan, Ed Leslie, Jerry Thompson, Pedro Rodriguez, Bill Morrison, Sylvain Garant, Jean Michel Giorgi, Henri Greder, Umberto Maglioli, Dave Dooley, Gerry Gregory, Jim Harrell, Robert Esseks, Frank Dominianni, Or Costanzo, Gib Hustader, Ron Weaver, William Morrison, Anthony DeLorenzo, Allan Barker, John Paul, Henry Greder, Reine Wisell, Cliff Gottlob, John Mahler, John Greenwood, Richard Hoffman, David Dooley, Jim Greendyke, Bill Schumacher, Bill Petree, Jean Claude Aubriet, Joseph Bourdon, Jean Pierre Rouget, Fred Kepler, Robert Luebbe, Michael Summers, Dick Smothers, Bob Baechle, Marie Claude Beaumont, Charlie Kemp, Micheal Oleyar, Tony Adamowicz, John Cordts, Oscar Koveleski, Wilbur Pickett, Jerry Hansen, Anthony DeLorenzo, Dave Cormany, Gary Sullivan, Maurice Mo Carter, Ron Grable, Denny Long, Bob McClure, Dana English, Steve Durst, Mike Brockman, J Marshall Robbins, Johnny Rutherford, Vince Muzzin, Carl Shafer, Rick Mancuso, Bernard Darniche, Burt Greenwood, John Cargill, Buzz Fyhrie, Paul DePirro, Greg Pickett, James Mancuso, Eliiot Forbe Robinson, and other drivers and enthusiasts such as Grady Davis from the Gulf Oil Company, John Mecom, James Garner and his AIR L88 Corvettes, Doug Bergen and his L88 Corvettes and even more ZL1 Corvettes.All the major racing tracks are captured in beautiful color and black and white photography, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Daytona, Riverside, Road America at Elkhart Lake, Le Mans, Road Atlanta, and many more SCCA, IMSA, and FIA races are included. Rare and previously unprinted SCCA ARRC Runoffs, 24 hour races at Daytona and Le Mans, 12 hour races held in Sebring Florida, 6 hour races at Watkins Glen, and more!The other Corvette books on the market do not have the John Greenwood coverage that Corvette Racing Legends contains. Dozens of BFG ZL1 Corvette photos that have never been published before and in this book for your viewing pleasure.Owens Corning Corvettes of Tony DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson are historically documented by dozens of never before published color and black and white photos, which will not be found anywhere else.These rare photos have been obtained from the archives of collectors and enthusiasts who
photographed these fantastic L-88 Corvettes at the tracks when these Corvettes originally raced. Original photos from tracks such as Daytona, Sebring,
Le Mans, Watkins Glen,
Riverside, Road Atlanta and others will be found here. Now You can share your enjoyment and enthusiasm for Corvettes with your family
with this "coffee table" Corvette book that is loaded with oversize photos that tell
the story of Corvette and of America from the 50s through the 70s! Even Don Yenko and his Sunray DX racing L88 Corvettes are included. Yenko's Corvette racing led to his COPO Camaros.