Alright, fellow gearheads, today I have for you the ultimate Corvette. You have all fantasized about it, dreamed about it, and wondered if it really exists. Today, I am going to show you the Corvette Stingray of legends. I present to you the fabled 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe 427 4 speed. This 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe checks every box on the wish list for any collector. The Marina Blue paint with black interior is an option practically anyone can appreciate, as it is both subtle and beautiful. In addition to that, the person that originally ordered it checked all the right boxes when it came to choosing what options it would get.
- 1 of 20 produced
- Factory side exhaust
- Bloomington Gold Certified
- Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1988, 1992 and 1998
- Restored by the Naber Brothers
- Documented with original fuel tank Sticker
- L88 427/430 HP engine
- M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed
- F41 heavy duty suspension
- J56 heavy duty brakes
- J50 power brakes
- K66 transistorized ignition
- G81 4.11 Positraction rear end
- A01 Soft Ray tinted glass
- Marina Blue with Black stinger stripes
- Black interior
The options list is impressive, and will make you drool..This is a rare factory side exhaust-equipped 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 427 Coupe, and one of only 20 made. It was one of the rare first-year L88 Corvettes, documented with the original tank sticker. This one was restored by the renowned Naber Brothers, and has been featured in several special collections over the past few decades. and featured in multiple Bloomington Gold Special Collections. I think what makes this car so interesting is that the beautiful, calming blue paint and graceful lines make it look like it would be a quiet, peaceful ride. However, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Under that blue fiberglass hood lurks pure evil, which it can unleash at a moment’s notice.
This car was made to chew up the competition in one gulp. This is not an average Corvette – this is an L88 427 Corvette. Oddly enough, the 427 engine wasn’t even listed as an option in 1967 sales literature. The RPO L88 option was an option only available in the Corvette, and one of those options where you had to know it existed to get it. You had to check the box for the L88 option to get this engine, and it came as a package. The L88 was a 12:5 -1 compression cast iron behemoth that came with aluminum heads, a solid lifter cam, and Holley 4 barrel as factory configuration. On top of that, it had headers that connected directly to the straight pipe side exhaust with basically no mufflers. This car was laughably underrated at 430HP at 5,200 RPMs, however it was known to deliver 560HP at 6,500 RPMs on a regular basis.
Can you imagine a solid lifter big block like this with side pipes at redline? This car made some SOUND! This car was built for racing, and not much else. For those of you that may not understand the technical details, just realize that this docile looking car was by no means docile. This was a roaring lion, ready to pounce on anything that moved. The L88 package was setup for racing from the factory, as the car did not have a radio, power steering, heater, or air conditioning available. It came with racing suspension and high performance tires as well.
The factory also deleted the fan shrouds, which made for a substantial weight loss, however this meant the car notoriously overheated in street traffic. It also did not have a choke, and with that big cam it was nearly impossible to keep this thing idling until it got warmed up. I think the best way to know what this car was intended to do is to look at the factory sticker mounted by the 4 speed shifter. This car was not meant to be caged up in a school zone. The 427 wanted to go, and whether it was purchased for drag racing or NASCAR racing, it was ready to race. This is similar to another factory race car we covered a while back – not really ideal for the streets, but it was ready to race anytime.
The fuel tank sticker shows that it was originally ordered as a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe on February 16, 1967. Production on this particular car started nearly 2 months later, April 7, 1967. It was ordered with all the great options you see here, and was delivered to Bast Chevrolet of Seaforth, New York a short time later. The dealership installed a roll bar and shoulder harness seat belt before delivering it to the person that ordered it. It enjoyed a successful racing career before being sold to a lady in Canada. She probably realized quickly that it was not much of a street car, so she sold it to the third owner in the US shortly after buying it.
It was cosmetically restored in the early 1980s, and earned Bloomington Gold Certification in 1985 with a score of 95.9 points out of 100. This means it was almost totally original. In 1998, the car underwent a complete body-off restoration by Naber’s Motors Corvette Restorations in Houston, Texas. After it was completely restored, it was sent back to Bloomington Gold as part of the “L88 Invasion” Special Collection. This rare 1967 L88 Corvette is still owned privately, and has come up for auction as recently as 2014. If you want to buy it, watch for it to come available on auction sites such as Mecum, but save your cash, as this car won’t be cheap.