Tuxedo Black 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible Is the Only One of Its Kind
24 April 2020 - autoevolution
There are few car families out there that are as exciting as that of the Corvette. The American-made sports car is special to the bone, so much so that even within its generations, spanning decades, you can find models that are unique compared to their siblings.
Case in point the is Tuxedo Black 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible pictured in the gallery above. Not only is it the first of its kind ever made, but it is also the only one sporting this color. And it’s for sale, as part of auction house Mecum’s collection.
L88s are as a whole very exclusive. Designed by Zora Arkus-Duntov himself as a special optional package for the most pretentious extravangant of customers, they would soon grow into some of the most coveted cars by collectors.
The main modifications the L88 brought were the heavily tuned 427ci (7.0-liter) V8 engine tied to a 4-speed transmission that could easily develop up to 580 hp, making it the ideal candidate for under 12 seconds quarter-mile times.
There were very few L88s ever made, just 20 in 1967 and a little over 100 overall, and the one here is the first in the run, and the only one to pair the Tuxedo Black paint with the convertible body style. The car was initially ordered by Tony DeLorenzo Jr., the son of at the time GM’ Public Relations executive Anthony G. DeLorenzo.
This particular comes with racing pedigree, managing to score a 2nd place finish during the 1967 Daytona Beach SCCA Runoffs.
The car exchanged hands several times since first hitting the road, and what you currently see here is the result of restoration work conducted not long ago.
It is currently part of the Mecum collection of cars that are being sold directly, and not as part of some auction.