Year 1968 in United States. The car trends are focused on low cost high performance cars for young people. Chevrolet has been competing with Ford Mustang for the last two years with it’s redesigned Camaro and now is about to introduce a new design for it’s flagship sports car Corvette. The introduction of the new body was kept secret for quite some time. Chevrolet kept the major components like frame and very reliable engines from a C2, but the body went through major changes. Rumor says that toy maker Mattel had some insider knowledge of the new design and before the introduction released a new toy car Corvette Custom under their Hot Wheels line, , which looked very similar to the new Corvette. The release of the real C3 was delayed due to problems with the nose lift while accelerating the cars with big block engine. The suspension parts had to be modified to improve stiffness and weight distribution. The car could be purchased with two different engines 327 or 427 which came in four different options: 390hp L36, 400hp L68, 435hp L71 and 430hp L88. The transmission options included three different 4 speed transmissions and one newly introduced very reliable Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission.
We’ve been thinking for a while about introducing a new car to our offer. We’ve been considering a Charger, Camaro and a Corvette and decided to wait for a good deal on one of those cars. It had to be a big block and as much original as possible. After few weeks, a very interesting corvette showed up and in a matter of few hours we were scheduled for an inspection:
When I arrived, I knew this will be an interesting visit. The owner was a real Corvette enthusiast. He had over 60 of them. Some of them were project cars but most were good driving cars and a lot of them very unique, big blocks or special options. He gave me a tour through few of his garages passionately talking about each car, before we started talking about the one we wanted to buy. You can see some of his other cars in a short video:
After that we went to the Corvette we were buying. He was very knowledgeable in terms of details, options and described the car very well pointing out all original details. We agreed on the price and he took me for a ride to his office, (where he kept more corvettes) to finalize the deal. We drove a brand new …. .guess what.. Corvette! A 6.2l, 7-speed and 460hp. On our way back, he asked me if I want to drive it and I would never miss an occasion to drive a car I hadn’t got a chance to drive before. He asked me to take a different road, so that we can drive it a little faster, and we did. Great handling car!.to!
Now about the Corvette: 1968 Corvette 427 390HP engine automatic (Turbo Hydra-Matic) transmission.
Pretty original car with the only parts not correct are small parts on the engine (valve covers, exhaust manifolds, fan, alternator, carburetor, distributor) The engine and cylinder heads are original to the car. The engine suffix is IQ (427 390HP automatic transmission)
The suffix is clear 1 – Chevrolet, 8 – 1968, S- St. Louis factory, and the last 6 of the vin is present on the block (see pic) as well as matching VIN from the frame.
Engine was rebuilt some time ago, but still runs very well. No smoke no noise runs cool with no overheating. Transmission shifts perfectly with no issues. All new calipers and master cylinder and the brake are right at the top and stops straight. Frame and birdcage are solid. No hit body with original paint. The dash is very nice no cracks, has headrest seat option and has been reupholstered. The wheels are original AG code 15×7 with the correct center caps and 4 clip beauty rings. It has the correct valance panel with reverse lamps and the correct 1968 only big block hood. (69 hood had two notches and 68 only one (check the picture below) All the wiper door and wiper vent is correct for 1968. (1969 had curved edges). Still has the spare tire carrier and the correct rocker moldings. Side glass is XX – February 1968. The back glass is VZ – December 1967. The windshield is CZ – November 1967. The block casting number is 3916321 which is also correct for 1968 427ci 390hp engine and the date is L 8 7 – December 1967. Correct 68 427 intake manifold casting number 3919849. The rear end code is AW – heavy duty 427 308 rear gear. The car is equipped with a rear away bar and the bigger front coil springs. This is a great 427 big block Corvette that runs and drives very well.
This is a very special Corvette with a Big Block 427ci that is in a pretty good condition, but it needs some work to become a realy dimond. Before shipping we loaded the car with lots of parts. Full list below: