January 15th through 19th, 2014!
Join these great Featured Consignments at the most unique auction experience ever created: Auction In The Round!
These Showcase Feature Consignments are just a sampling of the many great cars that will join over 750 others to be sold in Scottsdale this January! Check back weekly as these Feature Consignments will rotate and be updated with additional great cars. Prior to the Flagship Russo and Steele Auction, full listings of all the consignments will be posted and also available on our Digital Auction Catalog.
Introduced in 1968, the third-generation or C3 Corvette was heavily inspired by the rakish Mako Shark II concept car of 1965, which was styled under the direction of GM styling Chief Bill Mitchell and debuted at the Paris Auto Show. While the new Corvette was a dramatic stylistic departure from the previous generation, it offered buyers the same optional high-performance engine choices as before. Among them stood RPO L89, which substituted lightweight, high-flow aluminum cylinder heads for the standard cast-iron units on Chevrolet’s L71 427 V8, which belted out 435 rated horsepower and featured a tough four-bolt main block, forged crank, solid-lifter valvetrain, 11:1 compression, and triple Holley two-barrel carbs on an aluminum intake manifold. Thanks to larger exhaust valves, L89 power output surpassed its L71 base engine by a slight margin.
Period road tests for the L89 Corvette quoted acceleration from rest to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, en route to quarter-mile times of 13.6 seconds at 105 mph, en route to typical top-end speeds of some 140 mph, all with the traction-limited bias-ply tires of the day! However, raw horsepower did not define the true purpose of RPO L89. Most importantly, the aluminum heads shaved some 75 pounds of weight from the Corvette’s front end, at once restoring the car’s weight distribution to levels enjoyed by small-block Corvettes and creating one of the fastest and best-handling road cars available.
Out of total Corvette production of nearly 39,000 units for 1969, just 390 of them were equipped with the L89 option, which added $832 to the basic Corvette’s already considerable $4,781 retail price. Of course, today’s Corvette collectors and enthusiasts covet these rare beasts more than ever before for their sheer drivability. Blessed with matching numbers and handsomely finished in Daytona Yellow with black leather upholstery, this L89 Corvette from 1969 carries a long and interesting list of high-performance options. Among them are a G81 Positraction rear axle with 3.70:1 gears, J50 Power Brakes, K66 Transistorized Ignition System, M21 Close-Ratio four-speed, and the N14 Side Mount Exhaust System. Convenience and appearance options include N37 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column, N40 Power Steering, PT6 Red Stripe Tires, Code TJZ Front Fender Louver Trim, the U69 AM/FM Radio, A01 Soft-Ray Tinted Glass and interestingly, the A82 Headrest Delete option. Offered with just 170 miles since its body-off-frame restoration and with merely 46,700 miles on the odometer, this highly-optioned and exceedingly rare L89 Corvette simply “ticks all the boxes” for desirability.