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Lot:  F123
Final Selling Price:  NA
Mecum Auction, Monterey, CA
August 16 - 18, 2012

For almost five decades the Holy Grail of Corvettes has remained the awe-inspiring L88, purpose-built for competition and endowed with a 560-horsepower 427 that made it the scourge of both domestic and international GT racing from Sebring to Le Mans. One of 116 built in the final year of L88 production, this exceptionally well-documented 1969 L88 convertible is the only COPO version known to exist by virtue of its special-order Muncie M22 "Rock Crusher" 4-speed transmission documented by the included tank sticker, which also lists its transistor ignition, 4.56 Positraction rear end, side exhaust, F41 suspension and a Black vinyl-covered auxiliary hard top. It was originally owned by Rick Thompkins and ran several racing seasons at venues including Sebring and Daytona and has been restored to as-raced configuration including the original racing livery. In 2009 it was part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection and the Race Car Reunion at Carlisle; it was also displayed at the National Corvette Museum.

Highlights

- The only COPO L88 known to exist
- Well documented COPO L88 Corvette
- Tank sticker shows COPO, L88 and special M22 4-speed
- 2009 Bloomington Gold Special Collection
- 2009 Race Car Reunion at Carlisle
- On display at the National Corvette Museum
- Original owner was Rick Tompkins
- Ownership and racing history with early photos of the car
- Ran several racing seasons, including Daytona and Sebring
- Born with factory side exhaust
- Restored to 1970s racing livery


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