Perhaps the most balanced engine for the 1969 model year was the L89 big-block, rated at 435 horsepower. Chevrolet started out with a four-bolt main, cast iron block, then engineers crafted a pair of high flow, lightweight, aluminum heads to top it off. Resting between the heads was an aluminum tri-power intake manifold with three Holley Model 2300 carburetors. While the L89 was rated at the same 435 horsepower as the iron-head L71, the L89 was known to produce slightly more power thanks to its larger exhaust valves (1.84 inches versus 1.72 inches). It also weighed about 75 pounds less, thus reducing unnecessary weight from the front end and helping handling characteristics. The option didn’t come cheap though %u2013 it required an additional $832. A cast iron transistorized distributor was standard for all L71 and L89 engines.
Because of a UAW strike in early 1969 and a large number of unfilled orders, the newly appointed head of Chevrolet, John DeLorean, decided to extend the model year to 16 months. The extended model year helped Corvette set a new sales record of 38,762 vehicles. And of those, only 390 rolled off the St. Louis factory floor with the L89 option. But those that did represent some of the fastest and most balanced C3s ever made.
Born in St. Louis, MO, this Fathom Green over Green Vinyl 1969 Corvette was delivered for sale in Texas on October, 24th 1969. Sold new by Rudolph Chevrolet in El Paso, Texas, the Corvette came equipped with the following accessories: L71 427, Aux. Hardtop, F41 suspension, 3.70 Posi rear, HD clutch, Power steering, AM/FM radio, front louver trim and the L89 Aluminum head option. Coming in at a sticker price of $6312.55, the Corvette was not a cheap car for 1969. The Corvette comes documented with the Retail Order from Rudolf Chevrolet, the Corvette Order Copy, the Protecto Plate and the Tank sticker. The motor is has the correct LP engine code for a 427/435 HP car with 11.0:1 compression and 3×2 BC. There are no VIN numbers visible on the engine pad. The transmission is a B suffix Muncie(read close ratio 2.20:1) and the rear end is a 3.70 posi unit.
As any C3 collector will tell you – documentation is paramount when looking to buy any car purporting to be a 427 from factory. Don’t let this documented factory L89 Corvette pass you by!
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Tuxedo Black w/Black interior, L89, 427/435hp aluminum head big block. 4-spd. manual transmission.
If given the opportunity to travel back in time with the time machine coordinates set to “Local Chevy Dealer 1969”, what Corvette would you order? I’m sure many of us have fanaticized about what special RPO’s, color combo’s etc. we would choose. It makes for a fun game to play among fellow Corvette aficionados. Given the opportunity, the car presented here just might be considered the ultimate ’69! Take a look at what this car is and the options it has and you might agree! But regardless, I think we would all acknowledge that the person who ordered this Corvette new, had excellent foresight!
Tuxedo Black exterior
Black interior w/leather seats
Born with original motor (Certified by C.C.A.S.)
Eight time N.C.R.S. Top Flight Award winner
Bloomington Gold Award winner
MCACN Triple Crown Award winner
N.C.R.S. Shipping Data Report
N.C.R.S. Document Validation of the Tank Sticker by Roy Sinor
Super Chevy Magazine article form April ’86
From the Milt Robson Collection/Rich Hydinger and other distinguished owner/collector history
CO7 (We do not have the hard top)
This beautifully restored and well cared for Shark is surely one of the most sought-after, collectible Corvettes available on the market today!
You never know what you’re going to find on eBay, and this 1969 L89 Corvette convertible is a prime example.
Of course, if you happen to live in the United States, you might have to come up with creative shipping options, since this very rare Corvette is in the Land Down Under, Australia.
The auction ended early Monday morning with a high bid listed to be $7,300 – quite a few thousand less than a restored L89 would run you.
While this one does need a complete restoration, it does offer a good foundation for an L89 that would run just as fast as an original car but consume a lot less money from someone’s wallet.
The car’s original L89 engine – a 427 with aluminum heads, three carburetors, and an 11 to 1 compression ratio that produced a conservative 435 horsepower – has been removed sometime in the past.
But the seller is throwing in two engines, a 396 from a Chevelle and an L88 that has been rebuilt. The L88, by the way, is one of only two engines more powerful than the L89 – the ZL1 being the other. The L88 and ZL1 both pumped out more than 500 hp.
Only 390 of these L89 Corvettes were produced in St. Louis in 1969, so there aren’t very many hanging around on used-car lots these days.
This might be a good chance for someone to get an L89 on the cheap, though there is a lot of work remaining to be done based on the photos and information provided in the eBay ad.
According to the sellers, the car is missing all of the interior and was purchased to convert into a race car. It has been sitting for years in a workshop, so they have decided to sell it so it can be built as a race car or restored as a valuable road car.
“The body is damage free,” they say, “and is an excellent candidate for a race car or beautiful road car.”
If someone did buy this car and restores it, be sure to let us know as it’s always good to let the public know about a legendary Corvette brought back from the grave.
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Mitch Talley has loved Corvettes since he was just 8 years old. He's owned 10 Corvettes since 1983, including examples from the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth generations. His goal is to own first, second, and seventh generation cars someday. He and his son, Chris, also a Corvette enthusiast, served as Captains of the 2014 Georgia Corvette Caravan.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray L89 Coupe
Amelia Island | Lot 234
$250,000 - $325,000 USD | Not Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
7 March 2020
- Highly desirable L89 option with aluminum heads, one of only 390 produced
- Powered by its original 427 cc, 435 hp engine
- Factory four-speed transmission and side exhaust
- Stunning award-winning restoration; NCRS award winner
- Documented by its original tank sticker and judging sheets
The most balanced engine for the 1969 Corvette was the L89 “big-block,” factory rated at 435 horsepower. The engine featured a four-bolt main block topped with a pair of high-flow, lightweight aluminum heads. Resting between the heads was an aluminum tri-power intake manifold with three Holley model 2300 carburetors. While the L89 was rated at the same 435 horsepower as the iron-head L71, the L89 was known to produce slightly more power thanks to its larger exhaust valves (1.84 inches compared 1.72 inches). It also weighed about 75 pounds less, thus reducing weight from the front end, enhancing road performance. A transistorized distributor was standard for all L71 and L89 engines. Only 390 examples rolled off the St. Louis factory floor with the L89 option, and those that did represent some of the fastest and most balanced C3s ever made.
This handsome Corvette was treated to a show-quality restoration to exacting specifications in 2016. It achieved the much coveted NCRS Duntov certification in 2017 with a score of 99.3. Having already achieved Bloomington Gold certification and NCRS Top Flight certification, it achieved “Triple Diamond” status at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in 2016. Triple Diamond Corvette candidates are judged on a 1,000-point scale with deductions taken for any deviations from how the vehicle left the assembly line. A team of highly trained Corvette specialists go over every square inch of the vehicle, inside, outside, and underneath. They check date codes, part numbers, fit and finish techniques, and more, to assure that any Corvette to make the cut is truly one of the world’s best.
Handsomely finished in Tuxedo Black with a Saddle interior, options include power windows, side-mount exhaust, Soft-Ray tinted glass, audio alarm, Posi-Traction 3:70 differential, and four-speed close-ratio transmission. This exceptional ’69 L89 presents a rare chance to acquire one of the best of the best Corvettes available.
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