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1969 Corvette - Official GM photo
1969 Corvette: Official GM Photo.

1969 Corvette luggage rack Aspiring musicians who were used to carrying their gear with the mid years Corvette coupes were in for a shock when the C3 generation appeared. Cargo volume did a nose dive; an area where nice sized amplifiers once occupied was now suitable for not much more than a tambourine. The solution for many owners was a aftermarket luggage rack. While it may not have done much for the aesthetics or aerodynamics of the Corvette, it made sense for road trips.

Corvette Legend: L88

The L88 option was available for only three model years: 1967 (production quantity: 20 $947.90), 1968 (quantity 80 $947.90) and 1969 (quantity 116 $1032.15) for a total of 216. It was unabashedly a racing engine judging by the required 103 research octane, radio delete and no air conditioning.

GM rated the engine at 435 horsepower, probably to discourage the general public from making the unwise purchase. Racers knew otherwise and estimates are that highly modified version of Chevy’s 427-cubic-inch V-8 actually produced between 540 and 580 horsepower. There are reports that, depending on configuration details and how it was tested, it could make almost 600 horsepower. 1/4 mile acceleration times were from 11.5 to 12 seconds - impressive for any car in the 1960s.

1969 Corvette L88 Engine Warning Label 1969 Corvette L88 Engine 1969 Corvette L88 Hood
Above middle and below: The legendary L88 engine. Notice the lack of EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) shielding for the spark plug wires and the distributor. All L88 Corvettes came from the factory sans radios so static was not an issue. These were dedicated race cars.
1967 Corvette L88 Preproduction 427 V8
1969 Corvette L88 Tachometer

Right: The L88 tachometer. Notice the 6,500 RPM redline; that sound, at race speeds, was glorious.

1969 Corvette L88 Convertible Fathom Green
Two 1969 L88 Corvettes were on the auction block at Mecum Monterey 2019. The Fathom Green one was bid to $350,000.00 but did not sell. The Can Am white one was bid to $335,000 but also did not sell.
1969 Corvette Convertible L88 Can Am White
1969 Corvette L88 Hood
The L88 Package included a special hood. It is well liked by the Corvette crowd and is often found as a custom upgrade to Big Block Corvettes.
Corvette L88 Engine Stats Label

1969 Corvette in Daytona Yellow
1969 Corvette in Daytona Yellow

1969 Corvette convertible with vinyl covered hardtop Color: Monza Red
1969 Corvette convertible with vinyl covered (RPO C08; $57.95) hardtop (RPO C07; $252.80) and aftermarket L88 hood.

1969 Corvette Stingray For Sale

1968 Corvette, STK# 1008
Price: $79,000 obo
Exterior: Bronze
Interior: Black
Miles: 47,000
Location: 5400 W WT Harris, Charlotte, NC

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Fully documented, numbers-matching, L89 427 435HP Corvette Roadster. This amazing 1968 Corvette has only 47,000 original miles (those miles are documented) and the entire drivetrain is #'s matching from engine to rear end (more)

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1969 Corvette side exhaust
The side exhaust, which had been an integral part of the Corvette "bad boy" image since 1965, went on hiatus for 1968 but returned in 1969 (RPO N14; $147.45).
1969 Corvette tail lights, now including back-up lights
Back up lights were integrated into the tail lights in 1969.

Apollo 12 astronauts (L-R) Charles 'Pete' Conrad Jr., Richard Francis Gordon Jr., and Alan LaVern Bean with their identical 1969 Corvette Stingray coupes.
Apollo 12 astronauts (L-R) Charles 'Pete' Conrad Jr., Richard Francis Gordon Jr., and Alan LaVern Bean with their identical 1969 Corvette Stingray coupes. The coupes featured a 390 horsepower, 427 L36 V8 engines and black-accented Riverside Gold color scheme designed by Bean. Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida September 23, 1969.

1969 Corvette in Burgandy
1969 Corvette in Can-Am White 1969 Corvette
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What are the differences in the bodies, if any, between a 1968 corvette and a 1969?
I have a 1969 Corvette that the previous owner put a 1980 body on. I would like to put an appropriate body on it. I’ve found a 1968 body. If there are no differences i’ll Just go with it.

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