Yeah, the L-88 1968 Corvette was the baddest of the whole bunch of the reality of the situation is that for anyone who was not a full on racer, THIS car was the one to have if you wanted to take on all comers during the summer of ’68. For whatever reason, I have a real affinity with 1968 and 1969 Corvettes. I generally like the majority of Corvettes (although the mid to late 1970s C3s don’t do a whole lot for me) but those two years seemingly represent a kind of crazed high-water mark for performance and a devil-may care attitude with regard to engine options, horsepower, and all-out performance. This particular package would have been rated at 435hp from the factory and while the sneakily rated L88 made like 500 (Chevy played it way down in their customer paperwork) this L71 engine was more user friendly and did not require the level of maintenance and care an L88 did to remain running in top shelf condition.
This car wears the beautiful LeMans blue paint. There’s a section of my brain that goes haywire when I see a LeMans blue car with the red strip tires on it. The offsetting nature of the colors is perfect and frankly, it makes the Corvette look like a life-sized hot wheels car, which is about as high a compliment as I am capable of giving to anything.
The four speed manual transmission completed the package here for me. Yes, a Turbo 400 would likely be more consistent at the drags strip but being able to lazily row this one through the gears or being able to hold a gear after making those three Holley carbs ring on top of the engine would be the real joy of this car.
Less than 3,000 L71 cars were made in 1968 so this one is on the rare-er side. The asking price of just over $70,000 is more than I can swing but if you were ever serious about having one of these cars, this one certainly seems damned nice.