This 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 hits all the high notes: a powerful 427 big block that's been built for battle, a quick-shifting 4-speed that can handle all those horses, and a very attractive price tag. While the early 'Vettes get most of the attention, chrome bumpers like this '68 are really gaining a foothold in the Corvette market - with a timeless 'Coke Bottle' design and gorgeous good looks that excite fans from every generation.
Repainted back in its original shade of code 976 Lemans Blue, this 1968 coupe makes quite entrance everywhere it goes. There are few cars that will attract more attention than a C3 with big block badges on the hood, especially when it's a bright blue L88-style hood that can scare children away. 1968 was the first year of the brand new Zora Duntov-designed C3, which was engineered to improve the aerodynamics of the C2 (which Zora himself decried as having "the aerodynamics of a bad airplane") via its 'Coke Bottle' shape and upward arched fenders that all work together to create one of the most dynamic cars ever made in America. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the panels are very straight, with good prep over well-preserved original fiberglass that has no signs of past damage or abuse. Thanks to that conscientious preservation and great prep work, the blue paint laid down very nicely when it was applied last year, and although it's not a perfect showroom finish, it looks fresh, bright and shiny, and definitely impresses just about everyone that passes by. Gaps are about par for the course on a C3, although these ornate hoods were always a bit inconsistent, and almost everyone prefers the chrome bumpers found on the early C3 models. And if it's everyone's attention that you're seeking, nothing works better on a Corvette than chrome side pipes, and these shiny, wide beauties really do the trick. 1968 Corvettes were the only chrome bumper Vette's that got push-button door locks, and now that you've read that sentence, you can quickly discern between the years. And while you're on that conversation point while someone is gawking at this slick car, be sure to take off those awesome T-Tops and really finish off a great impression. '427' badges on the hood previews the organized violence underneath, and purists will note that despite the 'Stingray' badges on the fenders of this particular car, 1968 was actually a gap year for the popular nickname - with the 'Sting Ray' moniker applied 1963 thru 1967 and 'Stingray' applied 1969 thru 1976, until it was re-introduced again on the C7.
The interior is just as dialed-in as the exterior, starting with the beautiful, factory-optioned Blue Vinyl bucket seats that were faithfully reupholstered and are every bit as comfortable as they look. Crisp, blue door panels, a matching crack-free dash, and fresh plush carpets give it that highly polished showroom look and the black-wrapped steering wheel, dash and console accents, and Hurst T-handle shifter add just a touch of contrast to the otherwise all-blue driver's compartment. Like a lot of these big block muscle cars, options are sparse, but you do get seatbelts, a center console, and the original Delco AM radio that's remarkably still in place. Clear gauges show crisp markings and bright needles, both ahead of the driver and in the center stack, and the middle console and dash pad are matching blue and show only slight wear, likely from someone holding on for dear life while the monster under the hood ate up laps at the racetrack. T-tops give even the coupes an enjoyable open-air experience and with tight weather-stripping throughout, the car seals up well and doesn't rattle like many 'Vettes do.
This C3 will also eat lesser machines on the road for breakfast, thanks to the powerful 427 V8 big block under the hood. Although this car was born with a 427/390 HP L36 from the factory, the current 427 under the hood is not the car's original numbers-matching unit, but few will complain once they feel the sheer power of the monster that's in there now. With stout horsepower, it's the smart choice for the guy who likes to drive his Corvette, and it's also very reliable - virtually indestructible with continued regular maintenance - and also features a wide torque band makes it the ideal powerplant for long-distance cruising. Beautifully presented with Chevy Orange paint on the block, chrome valve covers with Driskell Racing Engines decals at the flanks, and a chrome air cleaner up top, and it really runs great with the help of a big 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock RPM intake, long-tube headers, and an aluminum radiator up front that keeps the whole show nice and cool. The afore mentioned side-pipe exhaust gives it a thumping rumble, not to mention an indistinguishably killer look, and the undercarriage has been neatly dusted with satin black paint for a clean presentation. Modest street-friendly gears (decodes to a 3:55:1 heavy-duty rear with PosiTrac) combine with the big block's mountainous torque curve to make acceleration entertaining at any speed and clutch take-up on the 4-speed manual is smooth and progressive, making it very easy to drive. Factory turbine-style wheels give the 'Vette a traditional performance look and they're wrapped in beefy Cooper Cobra white-letter radials with plenty of tread left.
Offered with loads of build receipts and maintenance records, the original tank sticker, and the original dealer invoice/order copy, this true big block C3 has the provenance to satisfy the purists, and the performance parts to satiate any car lover. Priced right and ready to rock, this baby won't last long. Call today!