For the 1968 model year, Chevrolet unveiled a much-anticipated, thoroughly redesigned third-generation Corvette. Known internally as the “C3,” the new Corvette Stingray shared much of the outgoing C2 car’s chassis and engine range but with striking new bodywork for the arrival of the new decade. Larry Shinoda’s fabulous 1964 Mako Shark II provided the basis for the design, which was modified and adapted for production under the direction of GM design czar Bill Mitchell. Ideally proportioned, low-slung, and with flowing curves intersected by sharp creases, the new Stingray was a triumph of sports car design. Purists prefer the first-generation pre-1973 cars, as the early thin, delicate chrome bumpers and stylish front fender gills stay true to Shinoda and Mitchell’s original vision.
Under the skin, the C3 chassis was effectively a carry-over from the previous generation, featuring proven four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and minor refinements to fine-tune the ride, handling, and weight distribution. In 1968, a base-model Corvette used the 300-horsepower 327 cubic-inch V8 and 3-speed manual, though most buyers opted for the four-speed manual Muncie or 3-speed Hydramatic. A plethora of engine and transmission combinations could be had, culminating with the mighty 427 cubic-inch, 435 horsepower, tri-power L71, and L89. While officially rated for the same power, the L89 actually made slightly more, thanks to the aluminum heads with larger valves. Only the L88 made more power, although Chevrolet restricted that high-strung specialty engine to racing use only. Enthusiasts covet these early big-block cars as they represent the end of the heady big-cube, big horsepower era when the Corvette blurred the line between all-out sports car and tire-shredding muscle car.
This outstanding 1968 Corvette is a well-restored, well-documented example featuring the mighty L89 427/435 hp Tri-Power engine paired with a Muncie M-22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission. Most recently, in the care of an enthusiastic collector, this car was restored to a high standard while in previous ownership, and it benefits from attentive care and maintenance.
According to NCRS records, this early production car (#741) was built on September 27, 1967, and delivered to Jack Dankel Chevrolet of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The car was treated to a rotisserie restoration between 2010-2012 with a Connecticut-based owner. The car was finished in its original colors of Rally Red over a black interior and black top. Mechanical upgrades include a Centerforce clutch, KYB Gasmatic dampers, stainless steel exhaust, a Griffin alloy radiator, new springs, stainless steel brake lines, and a rebuilt differential with 3.55 gearing.
The well-maintained restoration still presents beautifully, and the car exhibits excellent paint, brightwork, and trim. Some minor imperfections and touch-ups are noted on close inspection, though it remains consistently glossy and highly attractive. It rides on correct Rallye wheels, shod with redline BF Goodrich radials that give a period look but with improved ride, handling, and braking. The interior features authentic materials and fittings, including the proper instrumentation and switchgear. A period-look, modern AM/FM/AUX stereo has been fitted. Adding to the car’s appeal is a rare factory hard top, turning this snarling 427 Corvette into a proper 3-season GT car.
Under-hood detailing is excellent, with the only notable variation from standard being the Griffin aluminum radiator. The engine block stamping corresponds to the VIN, and critical casting numbers and date codes were documented at the start of the restoration. Beneath the distinctive triangular air cleaner sits a trio of 2-bbl carburetors on an aluminum intake manifold flanked by aluminum heads. It is noted that the gearbox is a replacement unit, though of the correct specs.
The thrill of burying the throttle on a big-block ‘Vette is one of motoring’s most extraordinary experiences, and this outstanding early ‘68 L89 presents a rare opportunity to have a well-sorted, dialed-in example to enjoy to the fullest.
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