49,680 Original Miles

 

Manual Transmission
327ci V8
350 hp @ 5800 rpm*
360 lb/ft torque @ 3600 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 7.7 seconds
Top Speed: 128 mph
*Base Price in 1968: $5,102

 

*Seller Asking:

$35,900

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Fast Facts:

  • While the “Stingray” name was used throughout the previous C2 generation, the C3 launched without it. The “Stingray” name didn’t return until the 1969 model year. To this day, it is unclear why
  • The C3 introduced the removable T-top option. This allowed for an open top experience while minimizing the loss in stiffness from losing a roof
  • While the body was completely different from the C2 it replaced, the rolling chassis was still the same, down to the 98″ wheelbase. The same engine options were available as well
  • Federal anti-theft regulations forced the ’69 model to ditch the 68’s dash mounted ignition for a column mounted ignition lock cylinder. The new column (which remains locked w/o a key) has to be dropped down in order to access the ignition switch. This made it harder for thieves to hot-wire
  • In 1968, GM installed a compartment in the console with small locking tabs for the seat belts to clip on to when not in use. In theory, this prevented them from flopping around and hitting the console during hard driving when no passenger was present (since there were no retractable seat belts back then). It also kept a tidy look. In reality, people never used them, and they were discontinued in 1969
  • While they scream performance, the famous exhaust side pipes (available in 1969+) were pushed by the styling and marketing team rather than the performance team. The double-walled pipes were essentially a stretched low restriction reverse flow muffler with a single baffle in the middle. The inner pipe (only 1-7/8″) proved to be more restrictive than the standard rear exit exhaust. However, aftermarket side pipes are more performance oriented, and are a popular upgrade
Key Model Year Changes:

  • First year of the C3 generation and the new Turbo 300 Hydra-matic (replacing the 2spd Powerglide)
  • Final year for the 327 Corvette. The following year (1969) saw the 327ci replaced with the 350ci
  • Final year with an ignition switch on the dash. All Corvettes moving forward had ignition switches on the steering column (until the C5 Corvette)
  • Final year of the low back seats (head rests were a rare option). Federal regulations required 1969 Corvettes to have headrests
  • Only year with 15×7 wheels. C2 had 15×6’s, and ’69 had 15×8’s
  • The recessed push button door lock disappeared the following year (1969), leaving a cleaner looking and more ergonomic door handle
  • The standalone reverse lights in 1968 were incorporated within the inner circular tail lights of the 1969 models. (This, plus the door handles and lack of a Stingray badge on the fender are the quickest way to tell a ’68 from a ’69)
  • The interior door panels were re-designed the following year (1969) to provide a less cramped seating position for passengers
  • Side exhaust pipes and trunk rack become a new option the following year (1969)
  • Half way through ’68 production, two frame stiffening gussets were installed triangulating the rear crossmember to the frame. This addressed a small weak spot in early ’68 Corvette frames
  • 1969 models had a plaque below the shifter displaying the engine specs. ’68 cars simply had the Corvette flag emblem. 1969 also used a smaller steering wheel

Seller Notes:

  • 2nd owner, with one owner for 50 years
  • Factory original paint, interior, top, engine, transmission and wheels
  • Soft top still has the original inspection tag attached
  • L79 327/350HP
  • M21 4-Speed, 3:70 posi, power brakes, telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio, tinted glass and white stripe tires
  • Original documentation included (dealer sticker, tank sticker, invoice, Protect-O-Plate, etc)
  • True time capsule – strong candidate for NCRS Bowtie and Bloomington Gold Benchmark
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  • Location: Chicago, Illinois – (more photos below)
  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability
Mileage Disclaimer: NOC has not confirmed if the mileage stated by the seller is true and accurate. It is up to the buyer to verify these claims. Vehicle history reports, service records stating mileage, and even inspections of odometer tampering are recommended.

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