If you want to talk about mega-muscle American style, one car that has to enter the conversation is the legendary Corvette Stingray L88. Though it was available in very limited numbers to the general public, the L88 was a race car through and through, and it was in fact almost on the down low with GM discouraging dealers from ordering it for street drivers.
The L88 performance package was only available as an option on 1967 through 1969 Corvettes. The 427 big block engine was at the root of the car’s appeal; General Motors rated it 435 horsepower, but this was considered to be laughable. The L88 race car that competed at Sebring in 1967 was said to be capable of 600 hp, and 550 hp was typical for production models.
The L88 package included a 850 CFM Holley 1 x 4 bbl., a M20 Hydramatic Transmission or a Muncie M22 Rock Crusher, 50/J56 upgraded disc brakes, and a heavy duty F41 suspension. The Chevy Corvette Stingray L88 was capable of top speeds of around 170 miles per hour, and this classic monster could get a quarter mile in 13.56 seconds.
If you are looking for a rare souped-up Corvette, the L88 would be quite a find. There were just 200 built on the C3 platform, and a mere 20 1967 L88s were put together, making them the rarest of the rare.
Contributed by Fossil Cars Staff Writer