Evaluation: 2018 NCRS Bloomington Gold Certification and Top Flight. 48,270 miles from new. Largely impeccable aside from niggling details and some windshield edge delamination. This is an exceptional Corvette for which no excuses are needed.
Bottom Line: Aluminum cylinder heads in the L89 boosted the L71 engine’s power to something like 460hp, a popular notch between the standard L71 and the limited availability L88 which despite the published 430hp rating routinely pushed out over 500hp but was intended and used for racing. As such, the L89 carries a meaningful price premium over the L71. This car’s excellent restoration, two tops and Bloomington Gold status put it at the head of the class, but this result, and the pre-sale estimate range, is coupe money for a rare convertible L89 and is a very good value for the new owner.