International Blue w/Black interior, L71 427/435hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
The history of the third generation Corvette is well known by Corvette aficionados. There were some false starts, delays and teething pains, but the C3 or “Shark” bodied Corvette was finally released as a ’68 model. And although the exterior and interior were completely redesigned, underneath, the C3 was pretty much the same as the C2. Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing! What was all-new, was the body, which gave you a choice between a Targa-style roof on the Coupe or a Convertible with a soft top that would stow away under a hard cover behind the seats . . . much like the C2 Convertible. But, let’s get back to the Coupe. It came with two removable roof panels a.k.a. T-tops that you could store behind the seats in a vinyl pouch. The back window was also removable and was stored in a shelf behind the seats. With the roof panels and window removed, you had a real open-air experience that was close the Convertible, but with the tightness of the Coupe when all the panels were re-installed.
Over the years, we’ve had many ’68’s in our inventory. Coupes and Convertibles in every configuration. From original to completely restored. But, I think we can honestly say the example presented here is one of the most beautiful, original and heavily documented ’68’s we’ve ever had! This is the first International Blue we had here in many years. It’s a fairly rare color, so there wouldn’t be many in the first place. Other than one repaint, the car is original and stunning! Although the engine has been removed and detailed, the car has not been restored. There are 31k original miles on the odometer and looking at the car, it’s very easy to believe that the car has been babied since it rolled off the assembly line in St. Louis over 50 years ago! It’s a multiple N.C.R.S. Top Flight and Bloomington Survivor Award recipient. The documentation is copious and includes the Protect-O-Plate, Tank Sticker, Dealer Order Copy, Shipper, Dealer P.D.I., copies of past titles and registrations, Awards, Judging Sheets and more! This is the ’68 the collector/connoisseur.