Highlights

  • 6,453 original miles
  • Previously part of the Ed Foss Low-Mileage Corvette Collection
  • Documented with the original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, Car Shipper, order form, dealer invoice and retail installment contract
  • Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame inductee
  • Participated in all three Bloomington Gold L88 Special Collections
  • Regional NCRS Top Flight Award in 2005 scoring 97.2
  • Chip’s Choice #306 at Corvettes at Carlisle in 2012
  • 427/430 HP L88 engine
  • M22 4-speed and 3.70 Positraction rear end
  • Original exhaust system
  • J50 and J56 brake packages
  • F41 suspension, K66 transistorized ignition
  • Radio delete, A01 tinted glass
  • Can-Am White with Black interior
  • Front fender louver trim
  • White soft top and Black vinyl hardtop
  • 1 of 116 L88 Corvettes produced in 1969
  • Four owners since new
  • Sold new at Lownsburg Chevrolet in Toledo, Ohio to John Von Sprecken
  • Driven 6,205 miles within a year and parked for 10 years
  • Sold to Chip Miller in 1980, odometer statement showing 6,200 miles included
  • Part of the Chip Miller Collection from 1980-2004
  • Part of the Ed Foss Collection from 2004-2015
  • Original keys with punch-outs and owner’s manual
  • A 10% buyer premium applies

Story

As rare and treasured as any Corvette L88 can be, this 1969 version of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s mightiest machine has one credential that sets it apart even in that heady company: it was once owned by pioneering collector and Corvettes at Carlisle co-founder, the late Chip Miller. In fact, it was a part of Chip’s collection for 24 years. That fact alone is perhaps the highest praise of all.

Columnist George Will wrote of Zora Arkus-Duntov that he was born in Belgium but born to be an American. Almost from the very beginning of the Corvette saga, Arkus-Duntov labored mightily to establish Corvette not only as a great American sports car but also a world-beating racing machine. In the 1950s he delivered the first V-8-powered Corvette, then proceeded to boost horsepower from 195 HP in 1955 to 290 HP in 1958, introducing dual carburetion and fuel injection along the way. He set the Pikes Peak Hill Climb record in 1955 and Daytona’s Flying Mile record in 1956, breaking 150 MPH. In 1956, he shepherded a crash development program with John Fitch, who then delivered Corvette’s first international win at Sebring.

The Duntov camshaft, independent rear suspension, the 1963 Z06 and 4-wheel disc brakes were but a few of his innovations. He was the father of the radical lightweight Grand Sport racers and surreptitiously lent support to the pioneering Can Am efforts of Jim Hall and Bruce McLaren.

And then there was the awe-inspiring Corvette L88 he unleashed on the competition in 1967. A brute-strength performance package that Chevrolet and Arkus-Duntov contrived to keep out of the public’s hands, the L88 centered on a 427 CI V-8 engine packing forged steel crank and rods, forged aluminum pistons, 12.8:1 compression, free-breathing aluminum heads, a radical high-lift cam, a single Holley 850 CFM 4-barrel carburetor on a dual-plane aluminum intake manifold and transistorized ignition. To handle the engine’s actual output of more than 560 HP, L88 specifications included a Muncie M22 close-ratio 4-speed, J56 special heavy-duty brakes and G81 Positraction rear end.

The official L88 press release noted the deletion of radio and heater “to deter its use on the street,” and to further discourage the wrong type of owner, the L88 was listed at 430 HP, five fewer than the production L71, which was half as expensive. Only 216 L88 Corvettes were built from 1967 through 1969, and they are now among the most valuable Corvettes ever made.

One of 116 L88 Corvettes released into the wild in 1969, this four-owner example was sold new at Lownsburg Chevrolet in Toledo, Ohio, to John Von Sprecken, who put a documented 6,205 miles on it in one year before retiring it to storage for the next 10 years. Von Sprecken sold the car to Chip Miller in 1980, and it remained in his possession until his untimely passing in 2004. It was part of the fabulous Ed Foss Low-Mileage Corvette Collection from 2004 until 2015.

In private ownership since, the car now shows 6,453 original miles. It remains highly original, having received minimal preservation work along the way. Finished in Can Am White with a black interior, white soft top and black vinyl hardtop, this is the complete L88 package. Its original driveline comprises the L88 427/430 HP engine (including the original exhaust system), Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed and 3.70:1 Positraction rear end. The original engine’s stamp pad has been authenticated by Al Grenning’s Classic Car Affirmation Service. Radio and heater delete, J50/J56 power assisted heavy-duty brakes, F41 Special Suspension and K66 Transistorized Ignition complete the specifications, with the added extras of Soft Ray-tinted glass and front fender louver trim.

A Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame inductee, this car participated in three Bloomington Gold L88 Special Collections. Additionally, it garnered an NCRS Regional Top Flight Award in 2005 with a score of 97.2, and in 2012 was named Chip’s Choice No. 306 at Corvettes at Carlisle. Documented with the original tank sticker, window sticker, Protect-O-Plate and bill of sale, the original keys with punch-outs and the owner’s manual, this is one of the most valued treasures in the world of collector Corvettes.

Arrangements to purchase this vehicle can be made directly by contacting Mecum representative Rob Williams by phone or text at (262) 236-7705 or by email at rwilliams@mecum.com.