There is something special about loud, roaring V8 engines sending all their power to the rear wheels. Be it the screeching tires during sharp turns or the gentle raising of the front end as the car launches forward. There's simply a lot to love.

While most would associate the golden ratio described above as the fundamental building blocks of a muscle car, the truth is, the Chevrolet Corvette is technically not a muscle car. The Corvette is actually a sportscar and one of America's finest at that. Since their introduction in 1953, Corvettes have continued to be an impressive sportscar through and through, with Chevrolet making a variety of important changes over the year to promote performance. Admittedly, there have been a couple of bad eggs among Corvettes, but truth be told, choosing an amazing Corvette is not too difficult. Having said that, one of the most iconic vintage Corvettes is the 1968 L88 Corvette, denoting the L88 big-block V8 that powers the vehicle.

Let's look at how much a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 would cost in 2022, imagining what it would be like to drive this vintage weapon today.

Potent Power From A Monstrous Motor

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So what's so special about this vintage 'Vette?

Two words: the Engine.

Admittedly, most cars covered on digital car platforms will probably feature pretty cool engines, so this does not seem like a statement that should be made. However, the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 is special because it is powered by the L88 V8 engine. If that isn't saying much, don't worry, things are just about to get exciting. If you do know the L88 then you will surely enjoy and appreciate the recognition it is about to receive.

The L88 is a 7.0-Liter big-block V8 that Chevrolet rated rather conservatively at 435 hp. As it turns out the engine was capable of making well over 500 hp with some claiming that it is capable of making 550 hp just in its factory configuration. Torque was similarly underrepresented by Chevrolet, with external reviewers claiming that the L88 Corvettes made 470 lb-ft of torque. If those numbers do not seem wild to you, then simply consider that the L88 Corvette could complete the quarter-mile in the mid/high 11-second range. Remember, this car was made in 1968 and it was capable of performance that a lot of modern cars can't replicate today. The engine features a 12.5:1 compression, iron-block, forged steel crank, aluminum heads, hardened pushrods and a Holley carburetor.

Rumor has it that Chevrolet deliberately gave low power figures so that L88 Corvettes would not end up in the hands of everyday drivers, but would be picked up by racing teams. Regardless of whether this worked, the L88 was and is one of the best engines to have graced the Corvette.

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Comfort Features Small And Few

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Despite the insane performance of the L88 Corvette, Chevrolet went a little light on comfort and the feature set.

However, before outlining what features came included and were additionally available in the 1968 L88 Corvette, do remember that Chevrolet wanted these cars to be bought by racing teams and not be everyday people. The L88 engine was an optional upgrade and was only available if certain parts were ordered in conjunction with it. The main prerequisites for the L88 engine were upgraded sports suspension, stronger brakes and Positraction differentials. For anyone who has driven a powerful car, these optional upgrades are almost necessary to be able to utilize the potent performance of the car effectively.

So what is there in terms of comfort and convenience features?

Well in all honesty, not a lot. As the car was not geared towards gentle Sunday afternoon cruising but high-performance racing, the L88 Corvette did not have an A/C unit or a radiator. This further helped Corvettes get into the hands of racing teams instead of the general public.

Cost Of This Crazy Corvette In Contemporary Market

Corvette Rear
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So now here is the question we have all been asking ourselves: how much does one of these bad boys actually cost?

Before answering this question, it is important to reiterate that pricing for any used vehicle depends on the condition, mileage, feature set and the owner's understanding of a fair price. In terms of vintage cars, this is slightly different, as the added rarity factor can truly boost the value of a car. According to CorvetteActionCenter, there were only 80 L88 Corvettes manufactured in 1968, making them really rare cars.

Due to the rarity and status of the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88, these cars do not feature on generic used car sites all that often. However, MecumAuctions and ClassicCars.com tend to have these types of vehicles for sale. At the time of writing this article, ClassicCars has one L88 Corvette replica build for sale at $189,000 featuring a period-correct L88 engine. MecumAuctions have a variety of L88 Corvette they have sold, with the 1968 models selling for around $500,000. Again, there have been some variations in the prices, but well-documented original 1968 Chevrolet Corvettes L88s have gathered a couple hundred thousand dollars.

Sources: HotCars, MotorTrend, MecumAuctions and ClassicCars

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