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Old-School L88 ’Vette Smokes Modern Camaro SS To Shreds

This C3 ’Vette from 1969 goes like hell with a sub-11 second 1/4 mile time

Now, who doesn’t like an old-school vs modern face-off? This time around, we’re digging into the archives of Cars and Zebras and we found this duel between a ’69 Vette with the legendary L88 going up against a more recent Chevy Camaro from 2013. Both cars took part in the FAST or Factory Appearing Stock Tire Drag Racing class, the rules for which you can check out here.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88

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I already know that the L88 in the C3 ’Vette is plenty fast. You can check out how it fared against a ’68 Super Bee.. Under the hood of this very red Corvette lies a 427ci or 7.0-Liter V-8 that put out around 430 horsepower stock and 460 pound-feet of torque, or so they say. Well, that is on paper. In reality, this thing dishes out north of 500 ponies.

The engine has a compression ratio of 12.0:1. The transmissions offered included a 4-speed manual or a three-speed auto like this one has. Can’t really confirm the rear axle gears, but the Youtuber thinks they’re 4.56. The highly sought-after L88 comes in at just 3,250 pounds.,

2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS

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On the other end, we’ve got this recent Camaro from not that long ago. They’re great value for the performance on offer are bargains in my opinion. You should easily be able to find one for under $20k.

And the numbers, well, you’ve got a 6.2-liter V-8 that puts out 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Compression ratio? 10.7:1. While both manuals and autos were offered, this one has a 6-speed stick. The stock rear gearing on the Manual Camaro was 3.45. As for weight, the SS is pretty heavy at 3,860 pounds.

The Race

Well, here’s how things turned out on the drag strip. It was a single heads-up pass and as you saw, the old school Vette wiped the floor with the Camaro SS, demolishing the 1/4 mile in an impressive 10.99 seconds at 125.03 mph against the Camaro’s 12.69 at 109.89 mph.

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A point that was proved almost immediately as the two cars took off. The Vette took the lead from the dig and it stayed that way to the finish line.

Let’s Wrap It Up

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The L88 completed the standing 1/4 mile in an impressive 10.99s @ 125.03 mph against the Camaro SS’ 12.69s @ 109.8 mph. You have to take a look at this to unfold. Swipe up to watch the video.

Well, the performance of these L88 sure does show us why they are so desirable even today. In the end, I guess it was the Camaro’s weight that cost it this race. For the lightweight Corvette meanwhile, thanks to its suspected better rear axle gears, it was a walk in the park.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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