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Lot 35
1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster

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1968 Chevrolet  Corvette 427/435 Roadster

CHASSIS NO: 194678S424748

• L71 427 cubic-inch, 435-HP V-8 Turbo-Jet engine
• Four-speed manual transmission
• Three two-barrel carburetors
• Comprehensive show quality restoration
• Bloomington Gold® Certification
• NCRS Top Flight winner

427 cid OHV V-8 engine, three two-barrel Holley carburetors, 435 HP at 5,800 RPM, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, front independent suspension with coil springs, rear independent suspension with transverse leaf spring

To say that the second generation Corvette’s arrival in 1963 caused a sensation would be grossly understating its impact on the North American sportscar market. Designed under the direction of styling chief Bill Mitchell, the new Corvette featured radical styling, pioneered on Mitchell’s successful Stingray sports-racer. The design would be refined over the next few years and more power would be available as time went on, most notably, Chevrolet’s big blocks: the 396 starting in 1965 and the powerful 427 starting in 1966.

Five years after the Sting Ray’s arrival, a total re-style based on GM’s 1965 Mako Shark II show car was introduced. The new-for-1968 Corvette coupe became a notch back with a removable rear window and innovative, detachable, two-piece ‘T-top’ roof, while the roadster version could still be ordered with optional hardtop. The previous generation’s recessed pop-up headlights were retained, while the windshield wipers were now concealed beneath a vacuum-operated panel, the latter feature being inherited from the Mako Shark II. Beneath the skin the chassis remained fundamentally unchanged. The new body was seven inches longer than the car it replaced, while still riding on a 98-inch wheelbase. The new body was considered a major step forward. Where the mid-years were marked by the Sting Ray’s horizontal beltline, the third generation (which would not be called a Stingray until 1969, and was now presented as one word) was a smoothly-flowing construction of curves and compound bends distinguished by a pronounced ‘Coke-bottle’ shape that accented the wheels and tires. Bill Mitchell’s sensational Mako Shark concept was superbly executed by Corvette’s design team and would remain relatively unchanged through 1982. The Corvette offered a host of options so buyers could configure their car exactly to their tastes. Eleven engine options were combined with ten exterior and seven interior colors to suit buyer’s individual tastes and power requirements.

This stunning Lemans Blue 1968 Corvette is equipped with one of the most potent power plants available in any car in 1968: the high-performance L71 option that possessed a 427 cubic-inch big block engine topped with three two-barrel carburetors and rated at a pavement-pounding 435 horsepower. Additional factory equipment on this Corvette includes a Muncie close-ratio four-speed with Hurst shifter and redline tires mounted on Rally Wheels. This pristine example had been restored to the most exacting standards, earning it a Bloomington Gold® Certification as well as the coveted NCRS Top Flight award. A first iteration of the third generation (C3) Corvette is ideal for exhibition and club events. This show-winning, authentic, correctly restored Corvette Roadster such as this car would make a stellar edition to any collection of high-performance automobiles.

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