First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs

L88 is easily one of the most legendary Corvette option packages, and this C2 is the very first car to ever receive it.

By Brett Foote - June 4, 2019
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs
First L88 Corvette Ever Built up for Grabs

Birth of a Legend

Manufacturing companies can build a million of something, but the first is always the most special. Especially when you're talking about a model as legendary as the L88 Corvette. And that's exactly what this gorgeous '67 up for grabs at Mecum Auctions is - the very first Corvette ever built with the RPO L88 option package.

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Even Better

As if that distinction wasn't enough, this particular car is also the only convertible Tuxedo Black '67 L88 in existence. And oh yea, it was also ordered and raced by the legendary Tony DeLorenzo Jr.

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Learning Tool

Tony was the son of GM Public Relations Executive Anthony G. DeLorenzo, so his obsession with GM performance began at a very young age. And when 1964 rolled around, he went through his dad to order a new '64 Corvette he could take to SCCA driving school.

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Coming Together

The younger DeLorenzo worked on polishing his racing skills for some time after that, and his car received more and more upgrades as well. At the same time, Zora Arkus-Duntov's development of the new 427 Mark IV engine, as well as the creation of the L88 package, was nearing completion.

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Full Backing

With DeLorenzo's racing success and GM ties, it was no surprise that he was also the first person to receive an L88. He also had full financial backing from Hanley Dawson Chevrolet in Detroit, so he could jump head first into SCCA A Production racing.

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Immediate Impact

Thus, the car was delivered and immediately prepped to A Production specs. It also didn't take any time to prove its dominance, scoring an easy win at its first race at Wilmot Hills, Wisconsin.

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Moving on Up

DeLorenzo qualified for the SCCA Runoffs at Daytona Beach, where he also qualified third behind a pair of 427 Cobras. Despite the stiff competition, he managed a second place finish, which obviously drew a lot of attention in the racing world.

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Long Career

DeLorenzo went on to race the car through the 1968 season before selling it. But that wasn't the end of this Corvette's racing career, as it competed all the way until 1982 before finally retiring.

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Busy Retirement

Wayne Walker of Zip Products purchased the L88 in 1982 and treated it to a full restoration, courtesy of Corvette specialists Ken and Gary Naber of Houston, Texas. It went on to enjoy Bloomington Gold certification, multiple NCRS Top Flight awards, a National NCRS Top Flight award, NCRS Performance Verification, and an invitation to the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1985.

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Highly Decorated

Now, this legendary Corvette is looking for a new home, but you can bet it won't come cheap. After all, this is the first of an already rare and legendary model lineup. And more than any other example, perhaps, it also comes with quite the intriguing history.

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