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A ‘Holy Grail’ 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive

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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL1 Promo A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive

The only 1969 Corvette ZL1 convertible in existence is expected to fetch up to $3 million at auction.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323127 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

An immaculately restored 1969 Chevrolet Corvette with an outrageous amount of factory horsepower may become the most expensive ever sold.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323142 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

This “holy grail” ‘Vette convertible, as christened by the classic car experts at Hagerty, is one of two RPO ZL1s ever built, the other being a coupe. It’s the only one that was sold to a retail customer, as the purebred spec was never intended to be available to purchase by the public.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323158 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

The ZL1 option was an experiment in racing homologation, with the central focus being the implementation of an all-aluminum CanAm racing engine in a street-legal production car.

Its 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) L88 V8 featured a weight-saving all-aluminum block, bolstered connecting rods, a redesigned crankshaft and pistons, larger exhaust valves, a high-lift camshaft, and an upgraded “open chamber” aluminum cylinder-head design with four additional head bolts.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323129 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

The result was an absurd 560 horsepower and what was Chevrolet’s most powerful engine to-date.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323164 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

Not only was the spec prohibitively expensive—the upgraded $1,032 L88 V8 and $3,000 RPO ZL1 option more than doubled the cost of the base car—the original buyer, John Maher, needed some insider help to get the deal done.

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After first learning about the experimental engine offering from none other than Don Yenko of Yenko Camaro and motorsport fame, Maher secured his order with the assistance of Grady Davis, a two-time SCCA national champion and senior vice president at Gulf Research.

Maher selected Monaco Orange, one of the colors that make up Gulf Oil’s iconic racing livery, as a thank you to Davis and Gulf Research, a partner of General Motors’ racing division.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323130 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s, which is offering the vehicle at an upcoming auction, has assigned a pre-sale value of $2.6-$3 million. But that really is only an estimate, because in addition to being one-of-a-kind, the car’s records are comprehensive.

Its birth is illustrated through a series of internal memos and approvals from GM, while further documentation chronicles its various exhibitions, competition entrances, Concours appearances, and a restoration by the world’s foremost Corvette restorer.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL 1 Convertible1323133 A 'Holy Grail' 1969 Corvette Could Become The Most Expensive(Motorcar Studios ©2022/RM Sotheby’s)

As such, Hagerty writes that this 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL1 has a “legitimate shot” a surpassing it’s pre-auction estimate to take the “world’s most expensive Corvette record” from a $3.85 million 1967 L88 Coupe that sold in 2014.

We’ll find out when it hits the block at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix sale on January 23.

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