This 1969 Corvette would be quick even by modern standards.
The Chevrolet Corvette with the L88 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 was one of the most potent performance cars of its era, but it was also incredibly rare. Total production was just 216 units from the 1967 to 1969 model years. The L88 V8 had a factory rating of 430 horsepower (321 kilowatts), but the generally accepted belief was that the actual output was higher. Seeing one on the road is special enough, but this video is even more special by showing an L88-equipped 1969 Corvette drag racing against some of the other top muscle machines from General Motors' brands in the late 1960s and early '70s.
The first race puts this Corvette up against a 1970 Chevy Camaro Z28 that packs the 350-cubic-inch (5.735-liter) with the internal code LT-1 making 360 hp (269 kW). As you would expect from a vehicle with a significantly lower displacement than the 'Vette, the Camaro can't quite keep up in the drag race.
Next, a 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS396 rolls onto the strip. As the name implies, it packs a 396-cubic-inch (6.489-liter) V8 that pumps out a factory figure of 375 hp (280 kW). As a bigger, heavier vehicle making less power than the 'Vette, the Chevelle also can't compete in this drag race.
Gallery: Chevrolet Corvette L88 Drag Races Muscle Cars
A 1972 Oldsmobile 442 with the W30 option is the next rare muscle car to arrive. It's 455-cubic-inch (7.456-liter) V8 is bigger than the unit in the 'Vette, but the tuning on this one is somewhat milder resulting in an output of 300 hp (220 kW) and 410 lb-ft (556 Nm) in this application. The Olds comes closest yet of beating the Corvette.
Finally, there's one of the just 69 examples of the 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL-1. Like the Corvette L88, this model uses an extremely hot version of Chevy's 427-cubic-inch V8. It also makes 430 hp. Now that the 'Vette has a worthy challenger, see which one wins in the video.