427/4 Speed: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette

How many times have we seen a car that offers looks that leave you weak at the knees but provide performance that is asthmatic and underwhelming? If we were talking about The Malaise Era, then the answer to that question would be “plenty.” This 1968 Corvette doesn’t hark from that low point in automotive history, and with a big-block under the hood, it should be fast enough to leave you quaking in your boots. This stunning classic is now ready to head to a new home, so the owner has listed it for sale here on Craigslist. The Corvette is located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and the asking price is $35,900, or the best reasonable offer. I have to say a big thank you to Barn Finder rex m for referring the ‘Vette to us.

The Corvette isn’t completely original because the owner does admit that it was treated to some restoration work 17-years-ago. He has owned it for 20-years, which must have made the decision to part with it a difficult one. The restoration work included applying a fresh coat of the car’s original International Blue paint, which still shines magnificently. It hasn’t had a chance to accumulate much in the way of damage because under the owner’s stewardship, the vehicle has only covered 6,000 miles. The fiberglass looks perfect, and the dry environment should mean that there are no rust issues with the frame or birdcage. The chrome presents as nicely as the rest of the exterior, while I can’t pick any faults with the wheels or trim rings. The Corvette was ordered with tinted glass, and this has also managed to remain in good order.

A numbers-matching classic is always great to find, and it gets even better when it is one that is capable of blasting the ¼-mile in under 14 seconds. That is what is on offer here because this Corvette features a positively mouthwatering drivetrain combination. When the buyer hands over their cash, they will find themselves the owner of a Corvette with the L36 version of the 427ci big-block V8. This beast should be producing 390hp, which finds its way to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission. To keep driving chores light and comfortable, it is also fitted with power steering and power brakes. As I said, that combination makes this a seriously fast car. The ¼ mile disappears in 13.7 seconds, and the speedometer needle should be nudging 150mph before the Corvette runs out of breath. When the owner purchased the car, it has 68,000 miles on the clock. That reading now sits at 74,000, so he hasn’t gone out of his way to wear the vehicle out over the past 20-years. When I read the listing, I find one thing to be very surprising. I am amazed that the owner doesn’t indicate how well the car runs or drives. However, I do have a rule of thumb that I use to guide me in these matters. When I see a classic for sale with a history of long-term ownership, I tend to find that quite encouraging. While it might not be a hard-and-fast rule, this generally indicates that the car in question has been treated with respect. When you consider the overall condition of this classic, that offers some encouraging signs.

When the exterior of the Corvette was restored, the interior came in for the same treatment. I find it no surprise to see the Blue interior trim presenting superbly with so few miles under its belt since it was completed. Admittedly the photos that the owner supplies aren’t the greatest, but there is no evidence of any damage or problems. The seats show no wear, and there is little in the way of wrinkling on the covers. The dash appears to be perfect, and what can be seen of the carpet also looks good. The Corvette comes equipped with power windows, but non-original items include a Hurst shifter, an aftermarket steering wheel, and I believe that the original radio has made way for a later AM/FM unit.

This 1968 Corvette presents extremely well, and it should possess the sort of performance that would do those looks justice. It isn’t 100% original, and that will be offputting for some potential buyers. However, swapping out the non-genuine components would not be a difficult or expensive proposition. Given the inherent value of big-block chrome-bumper Corvettes, it might be worth the effort. If you are not the sort of person who is fixed on spotless originality, this is a great driver that is ready to be driven and enjoyed immediately. Does that sound good to you? It does to me.

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Comments

  1. Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen Member

    Dee Licious.

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  2. Moparman Member

    My pre-adolescent dream car, in the perfect color combination! GLWTS!! :-)

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  3. RDBRKTA

    I believe I drove this very car when it was owned in So. Cal and I must say it was quite a nice driver. Engine ran strong and smooth and chassis was as tight as can be expected for a 50 yr old car. Back then it was missing some window trim and there was some crack repair evident in some of the inner wheel wells but the paint was excellent. Had I bought it at the then ask, I would have realized some upside. I instead opted for a certified C7 M7 and am every happy. Still, this car did not disappoint.

    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      Just curious: what is it about this car and ad that makes you think that you drove it before? There isn’t much unique about it, there are not many pictures to make anything unique stand out, and the current owner has had it for 20 years now.

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  4. doone

    Classic in an iconic 60’s chevy color. Should make the next owner smile ear to ear each time the pedal hits the floor!

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  5. Alan Brase

    I did a LOT of work on one of these once. 68 were the only ones with 4 red tail lights. 68 and 69 were the first year of this style and had smoother flares without built in mud flaps, so to speak. Much cleaner looks but picked up a little splatter from the wheels.
    the 390HP 4 speed had about the most sudden roll on kick of any American car I ever drove. Like being kicked in the back.
    Lovely car.

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      Don’t forget that the ’68 was the only year for the push button door opener. They made a lot of improvements from ’68 to ’69.

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      • Pookie Jamie

        68 also has the dash key switch whereas the 69 and a column start. 69 also has the STINGRAY script whereas the 68 didn’t.

      • BeCarSmart Member

        Yes, I believe well over 100 improvements. I have had a couple 72’s. Loved them. I heard 68 is the year to stay away from. 69-70 are the best HP years I believe. 71 was pretty solid too.

        Had a 72 454 M21 Stingray in the same/similar blue on blue. Much lower HP. The recession bought that one!

  6. Edward

    I had a 68 Corvette in the same color, except with a 427/tri-power. Fun car. Easy to work on with a basic set of Craftsman tools. Bought it used for $3,500. Sold it for $7,000. Thought it was the best investment I made. Still miss the car.

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  7. Billy Member

    What a difference a year makes. This car as a 67 coupe would go for close to 100K. Maybe more.

  8. George Mattar

    Nice car, but I believe International Blue is much darker. This looks to be LeMans Blue. Also 68s had no head rests. I remember the 68s when new. I was 12 years old and said one day I will own one. That came true in 1976. That car is long gone, but now I enjoy my 73 4 speed coupe.

    • BeCarSmart Member

      As much as I have owned 2 1972’s, a 73 and a 76…I am not the expert, are the seats out of a later model?

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