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44k Documented Miles: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

There is a lot to be said for survivor-grade classics. They have been driven and enjoyed as their creators intended and typically offer a relaxed driving experience. There are no fears that an errant stone might destroy perfection, but they command respect because they haven’t been squirreled away in garages to gather dust. Those characteristics perfectly describe this 1968 Corvette Convertible. It has no apparent needs, and its specifications guarantee brutal acceleration. The Corvette is listed here on eBay in Arrington, Tennessee. Bidding sits below the reserve at $20,100, but there is a BIN option of $79,950 for those who view it as an automotive “must-have.”

Chevrolet released the C3 Corvette for the 1968 model year. While many of its underpinnings were carried over from its predecessor, it featured a svelte new body that was instantly recognized across the globe. This Convertible is from the first production year and is 1-of-2,918 ordered in Rally Red. That shade accounted for around 10% of the entire production but fell short of the most popular color. That honor fell to Lemans Blue with a tally of 4,722. The overall presentation is comfortably acceptable for a survivor, with no significant flaws in the paint or panels. The White soft-top fits tightly, but the news below the surface will make potential buyers smile. The seller confirms this Corvette is structurally sound, with no rust in the frame or birdcage. The chrome and glass look spotless, and the car rolls on its correct Rally wheels.

Buyers could choose from six engines to power their 1968 Corvette, with this car’s original owner selecting the L36 version of the 427ci V8. They teamed this with a four-speed manual transmission. The big-block produces 390hp and 460 ft/lbs of torque. A ¼-mile ET of 13.8 seconds off the showroom floor proves this is a potent piece of equipment. The seller states that this drop-top is in excellent mechanical health. It runs and drives perfectly and has 44,000 miles on the clock. That last point isn’t an idle claim because the mileage is fully documented. The engine wears its correct original equipment, including the air cleaner, valve covers, and ignition shield. They admit that it is fitted with aftermarket headers that are period-correct. However, these could be replaced with factory manifolds for those craving authenticity.

The Corvette’s interior is tidy, and most buyers will consider it acceptable for a survivor. Hiding substandard trim on any Convertible is challenging, but the winning bidder won’t face that task with this classic. The Black vinyl is in good order, the carpet is excellent, and there are no issues with the dash or pad. The console is remarkably free from the worst of the scratches that often plague this item, and the plastic is crack-free. A retro-style stereo occupies the spot normally reserved for the factory radio, but there are no other additions.

This 1968 Corvette Convertible can hardly be considered affordable, especially if someone hits the BIN button on the listing. However, the figure isn’t unprecedented. Values have defied the odds by rising significantly in the past twelve months, and there is no sign that the trend will end soon. That means that an already expensive car could quickly climb beyond the reach of mere mortals. Therefore, if a big-block C3 Corvette has been on your Wish List, striking now might be wise. Do you agree?

Comments

  1. Paul S in TX

    Beautiful car and good write up!

    Like 6
  2. Neil R Norris

    A big block beauty right there. Yes please!

    Like 5
  3. Old Beach Guy

    Actual mileage? Every time I’ve sold a car, the DMV asks what the odometer reading is, and I tell them. Then they type that reading on the title. How do the seat back covers look that bad in 44K miles?

    Like 4
    • J Meche

      I’m not sure if we’re looking at different pictures but the seat back covers looks in excellent condition from what I can see

      Like 0
  4. Troy

    Nice looking car I haven’t followed the corvette market so I don’t know if his Barrel Jackson auction price is way over value or a good deal.

    Like 0
  5. Carbob Member

    Nice car but I can’t wrap my mind around the asking price. 80k is C2 territory IMHO. Older Corvette prices have gone up considerably over the last decade and may continue to rise in the short term. But I think the bottom will drop out on these vintage Corvettes when the old guys like me age out of being able to drive them.

    Like 1
  6. Dan

    For a documented original with this mileage, I’m surprised there’s no Protect-O-Plate. But it presents well and the combination of the big block (even if it’s not the L71or L88), chrome bumpers, and it being a ragtop guarantee that this will top 6 figures before long. Enjoy it on any nice summer weekend, just don’t pile on too many miles.

    Like 2
  7. Joe DiNoia

    From my perspective I don’t see 80 large here.Some items under the hood need attention.Lets start with correct fuel lines and filter.NO plastic filters people! Why do you use these things?? Jesus!!This is not a lawn tractor!.Interior fair,otherwise not too bad but definitely needs correct upgrades.

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  8. Azul

    I had the 435 hp version, and it sure felt like more than 45 hp separate them. But then with hydraulic lifters, the 390 hp did not blow up every alternate month.

    This would make a great cruiser!

    Like 1
  9. Paul S

    Really nice C3. We have a similar ’68 roadster with L71. Easy enough to take care of. I set the lash on the solids every spring and it runs great and screams well for old school technology. One minor correction – British Racing Green slightly outsold the blue for the most popular color in ’68. Good write up.

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    • Azul

      I am guessing you don’t make very many 7,500 RPM speed shifts.

      Like 0

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