1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 HP vs 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88

We examine two special Corvettes and find originality alone doesn’t drive value

Editor’s note: Originality is only one component of value. To demonstrate that, we had our Corvette expert, Michael Pierce, take a look at two of the cars that crossed the block in Scottsdale. The cars included a 1963 Corvette 327/340 that made $55,000, and a 1968 Corvette L88 coupe that made $451,000. Here are his thoughts.

Chassis number: 30867S119304
Engine number: 3119304FO702RE

• A true barn find
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1965 Corvette 327/375 Fuelie coupe

This Milano Maroon coupe with a build date of April 30, 1965, was delivered new to Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown, PA. Although the name of the first owner is not known, it is clear that this Corvette was ordered with an eye for both performance and aesthetics.

This car was built with the rarest and most expensive engine offered in 1965 — the 375-hp, fuel-injected, high-lift cam engine, coupled with a Muncie close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear Read More

1965 Corvette 396/425 Convertible

Here’s the provenance:

  • Bloomington Gold Survivor Certification, June 28, 1997
  • Bloomington Gold Certification, June 29, 1997
  • Bloomington Gold Benchmark Certification, June 29, 1997
  • The coveted Benchmark Certification has been awarded to less than 100 Corvettes
  • The only Benchmark red/red big-block convertible
  • NCRS Top Flight award, October 25, 2008
  • Original engine and transmission
  • Matching-numbers 396/425 HP
  • Matching-numbers 4-speed
  • Original Protect-O-Plate
  • Complete ownership history with current contact info
  • Pictures of the car when new
  • Original Rally Red paint
  • Original red interior
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1969 Corvette “Hell Fire” Funny Car

Here’s the provenance:

  • Jim Shue’s original “Hell Fire” Corvette
  • 426-ci Hemi Reath engine
  • Unmolested nostalgia funny car
  • Hilborn injected
  • Mike Kase chassis
  • Clutchflite set up
  • Ran 7.14 quarter-mile at 200 mph on nitromethane
  • In storage for 40 years
  • This is a time capsule and the dawn of funny car racing
  • A great Southern California drag racing piece of history
  • Sold on Bill of Sale only