One of four very powerful big-block engines available with the 1969 Corvette was the RPO L68 427ci “Tri-Power” mill, with factory ratings of 400hp and 460 pavement-melting pounds-feet of torque. Despite such massive output and triple carburetors, the L68-powered Corvette is surprisingly easy to maintain with its hydraulic valvetrain, and out of a total production of nearly 39k units, just 2,072 L68-powered Corvettes were built for 1969 at an option premium of $326. However, raw horsepower alone did not define the entire purpose of RPO L68, with the Corvette’s famous handling prowess preserved, thanks to the considerable weight of the iron block 427 offset by carefully tuned, high-rate springs and near-perfect weight distribution courtesy of the engine’s rearward placement within the chassis.
This 31k mile L68 Coupe from 1969 is a stunning unrestored survivor finished in Daytona Yellow with black upholstery. Built in November 1969 due to extended model-year production, it’s documented by the all-important tank sticker confirming factory options, and highlights include a close-ratio Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission driving a 3.55:1 Porsitraction differential. Also included is tinted glass, headrests, custom shoulder harness, F41 Special Performance Suspension, and AM/FM radio. Sure to captivate Corvette fans, it has been under single ownership over the past 15 years.
While the rare L88 and 435hp L71 mills commanded the headlines in ‘69, the L68-powered Corvette delivers much of the performance of those more exotic powerplants with the added advantage of not having to bust knuckles adjusting the valve clearances every few weeks. As expected, Hagerty’s price guides value the L88 and L71 convertibles higher, with the 427ci/400hp L68 Coupe ranging from $13,700 for a #4 with some warts, all the way up to $71,500 for a concours-worthy #1 example, +10% for the desirable 4-speed, although we did see a virtually identical car (save for side pipes) with almost the exact same survivor-grade mileage and condition smash the high auction estimate at Mecum Kissimmee a couple years ago for a whopping $126,500!! We could review market data and auction results all day long, but when is the last time you’ve seen such a highly optioned survivor like this one (aside from the comp we just showed you)? The asking price is very reasonable and represents #2 money for a very nice, low-mileage original car. In our opinion, you need to do yourself a favor and contact the owner to get the ball rolling and make this great big-block 4-speed ‘C3’ yours at well-bought pricing!