Jan 13

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — 1967 Corvette L88 2 Door Coupe

1967 Corvette L88 2 Door Coupe Salon Collection (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The RPO L88 is Chevy’s answer to the Shelby Cobra 427. (Photo: )

’s Stingray is the iconic American sports car. Derived from an innovative 1958 race car conceived by legendary GM stylists Bill Mitchell and Larry Shinoda, it looks like nothing before or since. Equally legendary engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov gave it an independent rear suspension and 50/50 weight distribution, while Chevrolet’s various V8s made it the quickest and fastest car in the world when it appeared in 1963.

Over its five-year production run, the Stingray just got better and better: variable-rate springs, Delco four-wheel discs, knock-off alloy or Rallye wheels and best of all, the daunting big block V8.

Then there’s L88. RPO L88 is Chevrolet’s answer to the Shelby Cobra 427, a no-holds-barred race car just barely civilized enough to drive on the street. The 427cid V8 has a special block cast with high nickel-content steel. Among the race-oriented features are aluminum heads with 12.5:1 compression ratio, high-lift camshaft and 850cfm four barrel carburetor. General Motors had restrictions on advertised horsepower, so the L88 was intentionally underrated at 430hp, about one horsepower per cubic inch. The actual dynamometer output for a stock L88 is 560hp. L88 RPO is far more than just an engine. Along with a Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed gearbox and G81 posi-traction Limited-Slip, the L88 Package includes J56 dual-pin caliper HD disc brakes, J50 power brakes, F41 special suspension, K66 transistor ignition and “Power Bulge” hood.

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Jan 12

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection – 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL

This 1955 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport L will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This 1955 T26 Grand Sport will be auctioned off at . (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

How rare is rare? How special is special? Well, during a decade ending in 1957, the tiny Talbot factory in the Paris suburb of Suresnes handcrafted a total of 750 T26 chassis.

But out of even that small number, they assembled just 19 chassis for the ultimate version, the Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport GSL. Only 11 survive today. Compared to the 39 Ferrari GTOs derived from a long line of Ferrari 250 GTs, for example, a Talbot-Lago Grand Sport GSL is exceptionally rare and very, very special. It’s also wildly underpriced in today’s collector car market.

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