1969 Chevrolet Corvette

L89 Coupe
Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
Not sold at a high bid of
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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
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