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1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 JOHN GREENWOOD RACE CAR
1969 Chevrolet L88 Corvette, Race Winner, Record Holder at 24 Hour of Le Mans!
Presented is a ONE OF KIND collectible that is museum quality and accompanied by an immense amount of documentation and collateral that can only be described as too much to list. This storied car has been turned into Die Cast models, Buildable Toy Models, and even Jigsaw Puzzles. The rarest of the rare!!
The BF Goodrich L88/ZL1 Greenwood race car may just be the most significant and storied of all the L88s that came from General Motors in those three years and its accomplishments in both racing and show awards are indisputable.
The #49 Stars and Stripes Corvette participated at 24 Hours of Le Mans setting a GT speed record of 215 mph on the Mulsanne straight during qualifying and ran the Daytona 24 Hour and 12 Hours of Sebring in the same race season – completing this trifecta is rare and notable.
Show awards for the Greenwood racer include Best in Class at the Quail Motorsport '08 event, center display for the Corvette Racing Legends event at the Petersen Museum in '08, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection Grand Finale in '09, NCRS American Heritage Award in '09, center display at the National Corvette Museum for the Corvette Hall of Fame in '09, and most recently invited to celebrate Corvette's first Lemans win at the Laguna ALMS race in '10. After the 73 Season, the car was sold to “Fast” Phil Currin who continued to campaign the car and securing numerous top 5 finishes.
The original rear clip is included and is part of the history and authentication. You will notice on the underside the factory written L88 markings. John Greenwood's BFG team raced with three cars, but only one of which was a factory documented L88. The number 49 car!
When the car was being restored by well known Kevin Mackay, owner of Corvette Repair of New York, he decided to replace the rear clip on the car and display the original rear clip to show the authenticity.
John Greenwood's BFG race team originally used L88 engines in the 1971 and early 1972 seasons. However, during the spring of 1972, he began driving more frequently with ZL1 engines (which are the more expensive and powerful aluminum version of the cast iron block L88 engines).
Accordingly, when Kevin Mackay restored the car, he consulted with John Greenwood who suggested that he install a ZL1 engine into the car because the car was primarily driven with a ZL1 engine during the 1972 and 1973 racing seasons. Rick Baldick (the original engine builder for John Greenwood) and A.I. Wood (the original fabricator for John Greenwood) flew in to see the #49.
They both got under the car and inside the engine bay. They were like little boys reliving their youth. Occasionally, Woody would exclaim “I cannot believe it. I recognize my old welds on this car. No one welds in the unique style as I do. This is amazing!” Woody and Rick worked for John Greenwood until May of 1972, which is the approximate same time that Greenwood began making the switch to ZL1 engines. Accordingly, when Woody and Rick saw the #49 with a ZL1 installed they built an original 1969 L88 race-prepped engine for the car just like they would have prior to the spring of 1972. This extra engine is included on a display engine stand.
The wheels and tires currently on the car are period correct, as are the extra 5 tires coming with the car. However, the extra 4 wheels are VERY IMPORTANT. The extra 4 wheels are the original wheels used by John Greenwood from 1971-1973. You will notice upon close inspection that the wheels were originally drilled with four holes. These holes were requested by Roger Penske's race team for a four lug car. John Greenwood needed a five-lug and could not get them produced quickly enough, so bought these Penske wheels and had the original 4 holes plugged and the wheel re-drilled with the desired 5-lug pattern.
These types of cars rarely become available and it is believed that of the three Greenwood cars, this being a real L88, is the most desirable. The 48 and 50 cars are believed to be part of a long term collection with no expectation of availability.
Some Race results are believed to be as follows (Car numbers varied and so the below accounts for "greenwood" cars)
12 Hours of Sebring
- 1971 - 1st in class and 7th overall
- 1972 - 6th in class and 24th overall
- 1973 - 3rd in class and 3rd overall
Daytona 24 Hours
- 1971 - 3rd in class and 10th overall
Watkins Glenn 6 Hours
- 1971 - 1st in class and 5th overall
- 1973 - 2nd in class and 9th overall
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