Corvette Bronze w/Black interior, L89 427/435hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
The introduction of the new 3rd generation Corvette had been eagerly anticipated by the press and buying public. It had originally been scheduled as a ’67. But production delays caused the rollout to be pushed back a year. When it finally arrived as a ’68 model, the public loved it! Although the chassis was largely the same as the previous year, the body and interior were all new. Loosely based on the Manta Ray show car of the mid ’60’s, the new C3 incorporated design elements such as the “Shark-like” front end with “gills” for the front fender vents, removable roof panels on the Coupes hide-a-way windshield wipers and a unique fiber optic light monitoring system in the interior. The “Coke bottle” shape, wider track (and tires) and lower center of gravity enabled the ’68 to handle better than any previous Corvette.
It’s been said that variety is the spice of life! And we car dudes (and dudetts) like to have a variety of choices when we are deciding on a new toy. With each successive generation, car manufactures were listening to the buying public and offering more and more options to choose from. Not the least of which was drivetrain options! And of course, Corvette was no exception! In ’68 you had no less than six engine and three transmission choices! From the base 327ci small block putting out 300hp all the way up to the mighty L88 427ci big block putting out 500 plus hp! You could have almost tailor make your car just the way you wanted it! In the case of the original owner of this absolutely beautiful ’68, he opted for RPO L89. When you check that box on your order form, you got the L71 435hp 427, but with one very important addition . . . aluminum heads! This, of course same precious weight over the front fenders and helped with handling, as well as straight line performance! This turned out to be a rare option with only 624 units built in ’68.
Not only is this awesome example equipped with the aforementioned, matching #’s L89, it’s also heavily optioned with power steering, power brakes, telescoping steering column, tinted glass, speed warning indicator, Posi-traction rear end, head restraints, am/f/m stereo, red line bias ply tires, a tilt steering column and more! The car has been meticulously frame-off restored and is documented with the Window Sticker, Tank Sticker, Car Shipper and dealer P.D.I. This is one of the nicest examples we’ve ever seen. And we think you’ll agree!
Please note: Blackwall radial tires were just installed for better drivability, but the bias ply Redlines can be reinstalled upon request.