Something Special – 1969 L36 Corvette is a cut above the rest
Garry Lansing is a Corvette technician from Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. That means he knows Corvettes inside and out. So when Gary falls in love with a particular Vette, you know it has to be something special. While he’s owned a lot of Corvettes over the years, this 1969 big block coupe is one of Garry’s all-time favorites.
Garry purchased the ’69 in august 1989 from the original owner and put the 65,108- mile Corvette in storage until he had time to restore it. In 1995 Garry pulled it out of storage and got to work. The body was repainted an alluring shade of Ferrari Red. The Corvette’s Interior didn’t need much; just seat covers and a new carpet set. The L36 427/390 horse engine got the cam from the 425 hp big block, aluminum intake manifold and Holley 650 carburetor and a set of Hooker Headers. When the L36 was reassembled, Dave Janus put a super tune on the big block.
Mated to the L36 is an M20 wide-ratio four-speed gearbox and a 3.36:1 Positraction rear. It’s also equipped with soft ray tinted glass, power windows, power steering, headrests and AM/FM radio.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this Corvette is, since Gary purchased it in 1989, he has put just 138 miles on the odometer. It’s also a very early production car, built before the 575th unit in St. Louis. This low VIN, low mileage, lovingly restored big block Corvette is truly something special.
Source: Text and photography by Paul Zazarine
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