1969 Chevrolet Corvette

RM Open Roads, April 2021 (Online Only)
Wednesday, 21 April - Thursday, 29 April 2021
Sale Price
$150,000 - $175,000
Est. Range
29 April 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 194679S721322; Engine no. T0326LP19S721322. Cortez Silver with matching hardtop and black vinyl soft top over black vinyl. 427/435hp three 2-barrel engine with L89 aluminum heads, 4-speed, AIR plumbing, AM-FM, two tops, Rally wheels with trim rings, red line tires, spare, jack, Protect-o-Plate, NCRS shipping report, jack, tools, spare.

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.

by Rick Carey
4 May 2021
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