5,000 Corvettes, including 8 L88s, gather at Carlisle

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It's a celebration of all things Corvette | Carlisle Events photos

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The Corvettes at Carlisle gathering celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Chevrolet sports car, and especially the L88 model. Only 20 such vehicles were produced, Carlisle Events noted, and only 16 of them are known to exist. Yet 8 of them were together recently in Building T at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania.

The L88s comprised the Chips Choice Display, named for Carlisle Events co-founder Chip Miller, and together their estimated value was $30 million — or maybe more.

In all, more than 5,000 Corvettes were on hand for the four-day event that also included the 30th anniversary of Callaway Cars, the well-known Corvette tuner.

In addition to a downtown cruise-in, burnouts, swap meet and more, there was a sale-by-owner car corral, where a moss-covered barn-found 1956 Corvette sold for nearly $10,000.

Dates also were announced for the 2018 event. Mark your calendars for August 23-26.

Barn-found ‘Vette sells for nearly $10,000
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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