Meet the "21st" L-88 Corvette
In 1967, Chevrolet built only 20 L-88 Corvettes as high-powered, stripped-down street cars ready for the track, and these cars are among the rarest and most valuable Corvettes of all time. Getting your hands on a real L-88 will take deep pockets and probably some good connections on top of that, but this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Tribute will give you all of the show and go of a true L-88 without the seven-figure price tag.
As clean as this 'Vette is, the L-88 was more about the details that made the car lighter, faster and stronger, and this car has been painstakingly upgraded with all of the original equipment of a true L-88. That starts under the hood with the correct 427 CID V-8, which was underrated at 430 horsepower and has a 6,500-rpm redline backed by the M22 four-speed manual transmission. This car's engine has all of the accurate elements of the L-88 engine, too, including the block and casting numbers, 12.5:1 compression, aluminum heads and intake, Holley 850 CFM carburetor and the cowl-induction air cleaner.
The engine compartment is precise right down to the minor details such as the fan shroud delete and heater core block-off plate, but this car doesn't stop there. To withstand track abuse, the L-88 was also equipped with a posi-traction rear end with 4.56 gears, J50 power brakes and J56 heavy duty brakes, and, you guessed it, this tribute car has them all, too!
Gallery: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Tribute
Inside, the center stack is devoid of the radio and heat since the L-88 package deleted both, it even has the correct shifter and tachometer that the factory L-88s had. The cherry on top is the fact that this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Tribute is as clean as can be following a frame-off restoration, and the only way you can really tell this isn't a true L-88 is by the price tag.
A legit L-88 Corvette sold for $3.85 million at Barrett-Jackson back in 2014, but Volo Cars is selling this one for $155,998 against an appraised value of $175,000. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but you can't argue with an authentic, detail-oriented tribute car like that saves you over $3 million!