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1968 Corvette: Debut of the C3

1968 Chevrolet Corvette convertible with hardtop in Silverstone Silver

"All Different, All Over"

1968 Corvette
That quote from the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette brochure said it very well. Five years earlier the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette would establish the Corvette name as a design tour de force. The 1968 would reinforce that reputation with an all new body style.

The new design would become a classic. Corvettes for the next forty years - including the C4, C5, C6 and C7 generations - would follow the same basic lines and be recognizable as a relative of the 1968 trend setter.


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The new Corvette featured what would become known as the "Coke Bottle" shape. It's in reference to the fenders which bulged out in comparison to the doors. Also note the emphasis on the fenders as they arched upward - a continuation of the C2 Corvette.
1968 Corvette
The shape of the new C3 also featured improved aerodynamics when compared to the C2 Corvette. High speed front end lift was a problem that many racers complained about. Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov said in interviews that the C2 'vette "had the aerodynamics of a bad airplane".

1968 Chevrolet-Corvette C3 Side Fender without Stingray emblem For unknown reasons, the 1968 Corvette is not a Stingray. There is sometimes confusion on this point as the body style is basically the same as the 1969 thru 1976 years. Unlike those years, the '68 did not feature the "Stingray" script above the side fender vents.
1968 Chevrolet-Corvette C3 Print Ad There was one occasion when "Sting Ray" did slip by - in this print advertisement. Notice the "The '68 Corvette Sting Ray" text, which had "Sting Ray" as two words, not the single "Stingray" used in 1969 thru 1976 Corvettes. The single "Stingray" moniker would appear again in the C7 Corvette.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette

1968 Corvette Options, Prices

RPO Description Production Price
Genuine Leather 2,429 (8.50%) $79.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 17,635 (61.73%) $15.80
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield 5,509 (19.29%) $10.55
A31 Power Windows 7,065 (24.73%) $57.95
A82 Headrests 3,197 (11.19%) $42.15
A85* Custom Shoulder Belts 350 (1.23%) $26.35
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 8,735 (30.58%) $231.75
C08 Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop) 3,050 (10.68%) $52.70
C50 Rear Window Defroster 693 (2.43%) $31.60
C60 Air Conditioning 5,664 (19.83%) $412.90
F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension 1,758 (6.15%) $36.90
G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 27,008 (94.55%) $46.35
J50 Power Brakes 9,559 (33.46%) $42.15
J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes 81 (0.28%) $384.45
K66 Transistor Ignition System 5,457 (19.10%) $73.75
L36 427 cu. in. 390hp Engine 7,717 (27.01%) $200.15
L68 427 cu. in. 400hp Engine 1,932 (6.76%) $305.50
L71 427 cu. in. 435hp Engine 2,898 (10.14%) $437.10
L79 327 cu. in. 350hp Engine 9,440 (33.05%) $105.35
L88 427 cu. in. 430hp Engine 80 (0.28%) $947.90
L89 Aluminum Cynlinder Heads for L71 624 (2.18%) $805.75
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 10,760 (37.67%) $184.35
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 12,337 (43.19%) $184.35
M22 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty 80 (0.28%) $263.30
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 5,063 (17.72%) $226.45
N11 Off Road Exhaust System 4,695 (16.44%) $36.90
N36 Telescopic Steering Column 6,477 (22.67%) $42.15
N40 Power Steering 12,364 (43.28%) $94.80
P01 Bright Metal Wheel Cover 8,971 (31.40%) $57.95
PT6 Red Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 11,686 (40.91%) $31.30
PT7 White Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 9,692 (33.93%) $31.30
U15 Speed Warning Indicator 3,453 (12.09%) $10.55
U69 AM-FM Radio 24,609 (86.15%) $172.75
U79 AM-FM Radio, stereo 3,311 (11.59%) $278.10
UA6 Alarm System 388 (1.36%) $26.35

Total Production: 28,566
Coupe: 9,936 (34.78%)
Convertible: 18,630 (65.22%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 327 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,663.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 327 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,320.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
900 Tuxedo Black 708 (2.48%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Orange / Gunmetal / Medium Blue / Red / Tobacco Black / White / Beige Silver
972 Polar White 1,868 (6.54%) Black / Dark Blue / Dark Orange / Gunmetal / Medium Blue / Red / Tobacco Black / White / Beige Silver
974 Rally Red 2,918 (10.21%) Black / Red Black / White / Beige Silver
976 LeMans Blue 4,722 (16.53%) Black / Medium Blue / Dark Blue Black / White / Beige Silver
978 International Blue 2,473 (8.66%) Black / Medium Blue / Dark Blue Black / White / Beige Silver
983 British Green 4,779 (16.73%) Black Black / White / Beige Silver
984 Safari Yellow 3,133 (10.97%) Black Black / White / Beige Silver
986 Silverstone Silver 3,435 (12.02%) Black / Dark Blue / Gunmetal Black / White / Beige Silver
988 Cordovan Maroon 1,155 (4.04%) Black Black / White / Beige Silver
992 Corvette Bronze 3,374 (11.81%) Black / Dark Orange / Tobacco Black / White / Beige Silver

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Paul says...
Which photo are you referring to?
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Herbert Giles says...
curious on how you got the picture of my car on your sight?Huh
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curious on how you got the picture of my car on your sight?Huh
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