Fathom Green w/Saddle interior, L71 427/435hp, 4-spd. manual transmission.
The wildly anticipated arrival of the third generation or Shark bodied Corvette finally happened in ’68. The new Corvette was an instant hit with the buying public, but there were a few little tweaks that still needed to be done in order to make it great. Those tweaks happened in ’69 and the car is recognized as one of the best ever!
The drivetrain choices were basically a carryover from the previous year. However, the 327 small block gained 23 cubic inches and was now a 350. Big block offerings were the L36 427 with 390hp, L68 Tri-Power with 400hp, L71 Tri-Power with 435hp and the legendary L88 with 500 plus hp!
But, the most significant option offered in ’69, at least in the looks dept. was RPO N14. This was the Side Mounted exhaust system. The option was not initially available at the beginning of production, coming along about a quarter of the way in. It’s a relatively rare option with approximately 4,300 (out of almost 3,9000) cars built with factory side mounts.
The beautiful and very correct Fathom Green example presented here is one of those that left St. Louis with the N14 exhaust. It’s also equipped with the L71 427/435hp big block, M21 close ratio 4-spd., K66 Transistorized Ignition, tinted glass, power brakes, headlight washers and more. The car has undergone an extensive, frame off restoration and it is believed that the factory drivetrain is still in place (as evidenced in a report by C3 guru Mark Donnally). The car has received an N.C.R.S. Top Flight Award and factory docs include an N.C.R.S. validated Tank Sticker, Owner’s Kit and keys.