1968 Corvette L88 RED/NART to be auctioned
When it comes to American racing pedigree, the Chevy Corvette has it in strides. One of the most revered examples of the Corvette’s illustrious racing career is the baby at hand – the Chevy Corvette L88 RED/NART bruiser. Despite its old age, this all-American V8 bruiser is powered by 560 horsepower and it’s loud. Super loud.
The 427 cubic inch L88 big-block engine isn’t the only loud factor. Other than the 7-liter berserker under the bulging hood, check out that styling and all of those cool vintage stickers. It’s extremely hard to come by a modern racecar as nicely put together as this bad boy, especially one wearing the period NART livery.
Hand-built by Toye English’s Race Engineering Development, the 1968 Chevy Vette L88 RED/NART took 1st in class and 3rd overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1973, which is not easy even by today’s standards in endurance racing. It also competed at Le Mans in 1972. To be offered at auction by RM Sotheby’s on August 13th 2015, we believe that the winning bid will be a number with at six zeros attached. It’s that valuable of a racing car and piece of Corvette history.
The RED/NART received its widebody treatment a year after that class win at Daytona race. After being campaigned at IMSA events, the Corvette was sold to an upstate NY racer who purchased this old-school beasts’s predecessor – the Rebel. From there, not many people know what happened to it until it was rediscovered by vintage racing fanatic and car enthusiast Jack Boxstrom.
After a careful and bank account breaking restoration, the 1968 Chevy Corvette L88 RED/NART was showcased at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and it received its certification from the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. From Daytona winner to almost scrapyard material, the story and racing success of this old-time muscle race car is impressive.