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Old 06-17-2007, 02:35 AM
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Hi Guys, just popped over from the C1/2 forum (I have a '65 327/300 coupe & '67 424/435 convertible) to show you these neat pics of my mate's L88. He's had the car 10yrs and has the P.O.P, tank sticker & window sticker and full owner history - the car was successfully raced in Asia (India, Malaysia) in the 70's & 80's hence the fender flares (which look gr8 IMO). Enjoy, Best Regards, Gary (Perth, Australia)
Pic #1: loading car into custom-made carrier

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gday mate. Pretty clean vette you have there.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:00 AM
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Nice-Sweet--Brings back memorys from when I restored a 1968 L-88 vert.in 1988 for Bloomington Thunder 88 that tried to get most of the L-88s back together for the event.
Thats the engine in my avitar.
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Great pics...

I take he added power brakes to the car?
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Originally Posted by Corey_68 View Post
Great pics...

I take he added power brakes to the car?
No they came that way.I think all 68-69 L-88s came with the J56 option and the J56 came with power.Pretty sure!
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by DWncchs View Post
No they came that way.I think all 68-69 L-88s came with the J56 option and the J56 came with power.Pretty sure!
Other than the fender flares, side pipes and a few other small bits-n-pieces the car is very original so I'm assuming the brakes are correct - the car also scored an NCRS 2nd Flight over Easter on the Gold Coast
And it goes like a bat outa hell running on Avgas (+110 octane) and sounds insane !! VERY scary car - 'good-scary' Makes my '67 L71 tri-power seam very tame in comparison
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I vividly remember growing up around this car! My father was friends with the previous owner. I recall being at the Australian National Corvette Convention of 92 and Steve carrying the car on his tilt-tray truck to a football field for a show day. he let the tray down, rolled the car down slowly and once on the ground he jumped in started the MONSTER up! It was the loudest, most aggressive car i had ever heard. Oh i remember it like yesterday and I was only 7!!!!!
As far back as i can remember that car lingers in my memory. And i could not for the life of me (even if i wanted too!!!) find a better car to do just that!
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Isn't the steering wheel on the wrong side? or don't you drive it on public roads? /:\
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Isn't the steering wheel on the wrong side? or don't you drive it on public roads? /:\
I dont believe its the law for them to change sides on the wheel.
Now think on this...everything is the same if we go there except the wheel is on the right,,AND......you would have to shift with the LEFT hand.
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Originally Posted by ghoastrider1 View Post
I dont believe its the law for them to change sides on the wheel.
Now think on this...everything is the same if we go there except the wheel is on the right,,AND......you would have to shift with the LEFT hand.
I think Australia has recently changed the law to allow vehicles over a certain age to retain left-hand drive.

Shifting with your left hand is an interesting experience...
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Originally Posted by DWncchs View Post
No they came that way.I think all 68-69 L-88s came with the J56 option and the J56 came with power.Pretty sure!
I figured with all the weight reduction and set up for racing they would have gone with manual brakes. Interesting..
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Originally Posted by ghoastrider1 View Post
I dont believe its the law for them to change sides on the wheel.
Now think on this...everything is the same if we go there except the wheel is on the right,,AND......you would have to shift with the LEFT hand.
What about the pedals? Is the gas pedal still against the tunnel - on the left and the clutch on the right?
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You Guys!
The pedal arrangement is the same as LHD with the clutch on the left.

There were several places in Australia where LHD cars could remain LHD when imported. The car in question spent a lot of it's life in Canberra which is the nation's capital. LHD vehicles were allowed for the foreign embassies. the Northern Territory also allowed US service staff to bring in LHD vehicles when working at US bases there.

Several years ago the laws were "standardised" across the country allowing LHD for vehicles over 30 years and under some circumstances 25 years (Club permit scheme). Classic cars no longer had to be converted.

There are at least 2 69 L88's in Australia. I first saw the silver one in 1989 at the Sydney Corvette Convention. A Fathom green Coupe was imported several years ago and sits in a private collection.
I also know of a 68 roadster which raced in singapore but has no documentation to prove it's lineage.
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"Other than the fender flares, side pipes and a few other small bits-n-pieces the car is very original"

I hate to point it out, but the sidepipes definitly look original GM and the flares appear to have the correct GM shape. Look inside the flares with a bright light to see if there are part numbers in them, and I'll bet the sidepipes are GM as well. Very few L-88's have the correct pipes and flares. In my mind they should be on the car.

Can you PM me the last 5 digits of the vin?

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That is one bad L88 racer,would love to see more pics and some more on the race history.
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Originally Posted by abnormal_vetter View Post
I vividly remember growing up around this car! My father was friends with the previous owner. I recall being at the Australian National Corvette Convention of 92 and Steve carrying the car on his tilt-tray truck to a football field for a show day. he let the tray down, rolled the car down slowly and once on the ground he jumped in started the MONSTER up! It was the loudest, most aggressive car i had ever heard. Oh i remember it like yesterday and I was only 7!!!!!
As far back as i can remember that car lingers in my memory. And i could not for the life of me (even if i wanted too!!!) find a better car to do just that!
it certainly is a monster, and the owner regularly takes it for blasts thru the cane fields near his property - his wife can hear him coming home over 10km away !! PM me if you want to contact him and I'll pass on your contact details - I'm sure he'd love to chat about the car.

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"Other than the fender flares, side pipes and a few other small bits-n-pieces the car is very original"

I hate to point it out, but the sidepipes definitly look original GM and the flares appear to have the correct GM shape. Look inside the flares with a bright light to see if there are part numbers in them, and I'll bet the sidepipes are GM as well. Very few L-88's have the correct pipes and flares. In my mind they should be on the car.

Can you PM me the last 5 digits of the vin?

JOE
PM me and I'll pass your details to the owner

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That is one bad L88 racer,would love to see more pics and some more on the race history.
I'll pass your compliments to the owner and see if I can dig-up some more pics and race history detail. When he "showed" the car during the Gold Coast NCRS meet & National Convention he'd made up a neat display board with the tank & window stickers, and several pics from some of it's race appearances - very nostalgic.
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THANKS.. Hopefully you can get him to post the pics of the car in its race days.
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Great looking car. Wish I had seen it while it was in Perth. Crikey, you are a lucky bugger.
Have a great day
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Awesome looking car!

Back in the 70's and 80's that was my dream car.

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very nice L88....very tasteful.
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