1969 Chevrolet Corvette

L89 Coupe
Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
Not sold at a high bid of
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 194379S731013. Fathom Green over black vinyl. 427-cid, 435hp aluminum head L89, M21 4-speed, hub caps, Radial T/A tires, original AM-FM radio, transistor ignition, power brakes, 3.70 Positraction, Soft Ray tinted glass, documented with the original window sticker, owner’s manual, warranty book, radio manual and key tags.

Evaluation:  Engine number unreadable, but it’s clearly original to the car and is represented as matching numbers. Front bumper replaced, but the original is included. Repainted five years ago. Three-owner car. Mechanically sorted but totally unrestored other than the repaint. Plenty of wear, fading, and general age, as you’d expect of a machine thats been around for five decades. Almost all of the flaws can be forgiven, though, since they evince originality. An impressive, survivor L89. 

Bottom Line: L89 Corvettes are rare in any condition and this one, while far from pristine, is impressively well-preserved. The Houston bidders afforded it a healthy premium for its originality, but apparently not healthy enough to meet the expectations of the seller, who shouldn’t realistically expect too much higher.

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2020
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L89
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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