From a raw power point of view, the car is on par with modern-day supercars, as it features aluminum block original ZL-1 engine developing 750 horsepower, Muncie four-speed close ratio transmission, Greenwood Racing front and rear suspension, trailing arms, anti-sway bars, Minilite wheels with period NOS BFG radial tires, bodywork modified with Factory L-88 flares and molded plexi-head lamp covers.
Thanks to that V8 engine, the 1969 Chevrolet Stars And Stripes L88 ZL-1 Corvette was raced at Le Mans by John Greenwood, Dick Smothers, Bob Johnson and Dick Yenko, and managed to hit an impressive 215 miles per hour (346 km/h). The car’s initial major win was a first place in GT class in 1972 at the Watkins Glen six-hour race driven by Greenwood and Smothers.
The Corvette racer was restored to concours condition in 2008 by Corvette Repair of Valley Stream, New York, which is owned by noted Corvette expert Kevin Mackay. It then debuted at The Quail Motorsports 2008 event where it received “Best in Class” against a strong field of Sebring race cars. It comes with a complete ownership history, John Greenwood’s letter of authenticity, original bill of sale, Le Mans registration and tech inspection sheets.
If you feel like bidding for a piece of Corvette racing history, you will be able to do so at the Monterey auction that’s scheduled for August 19th and 20th, 2011.