Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 Convertible
The 1969 Corvette Stingray was based on Larry Shinoda’s Mako Shark show car, but the teething troubles associated with the introductory 1968 models had been resolved. The only obvious differences were the “Stingray” script – now one word – on the front fender and the elimination of the second push-button door latch. The Sidepipe option returned after a year’s absence for the last time.
Two 350 cu. in. small-block engines were introduced, and there were five big-block options, all the way up to the ZL1 package, which added an all-aluminum engine to the L88 and doubled the price. The other big-blocks were the 427/390 L36, 427/400 L68, tri-carb 427/430 L71, tri-carb 427/435 L89 with aluminum heads and 427/430 L88 (more like 560 hp).
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
390 bhp, 427 cu. in. V8 engine, automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, side exhaust, redline tires. Wheelbase: 98".
Source: RM Auctions
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