Dusty 427/4-Speed: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette

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While we certainly see plenty of Corvette convertibles emerge as barn finds, I can’t remember the last one of this vintage that we saw with a matching hard top included. This 1968 Corvette comes coated with what looks like years worth of dust that even obscures the black racing stripes going down the hood and trunk lid, but is the preferred 4-speed with a non-matching 427. We featured this one back when it emerged from storage back in 2018, you can read Montana’s post here. The seller has lowered their asking price and relisted it here on craigslist for $18,850.

The Corvette clearly looks like a car that was modified back in the day, with what appear to be staggered wheels and the aforementioned stripe kit. The C3-specific hard top is still what catches my eye, and it must be fairly prized among enthusiasts: there’s one on eBay right now with a $1,200 asking price.

The interior isn’t terrible, with what looks to be mostly original details, from the steering wheel to the seats. The seats will need new upholstery in order to be perfect, but you could live with them as-is for now. The seller doesn’t say if the 4-speed is the original, matching transmission, but for the asking price, I would hope so.

The abbreviation NOM in the listing typically means “Not Original Motor”, but the 427 is at least a desirable engine. The question is what this a period replacement, authorized by a dealer, or simply an engine swap that happened later in life with a second or third owner. The build sheet is included, which should help answer some of those questions. Is this NOM C3 worth close to $20K – even with the hard top?

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  1. Anon

    Are those the right doors for a ‘68?

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    • mike b

      Single year correct push button locks

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  2. BoatmanMember

    “Trunk lid”? Really?

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    • DayDreamBeliever DayDreamBeliever

      Heh, heh, heh….

      “Rear deck surface” would be more appropriate. But in the heated moments searching for the right words to say, sometimes things slip through. BT-DT!

      Like 5
    • Jamie

      They have to “dumb-it-down” for people that don’t know the proper terminology. If I had to write all the posts, go through countless emails and messsages from people sending me cars and ads, etc., etc., I’d mess a few things up too.

      Like 9
  3. Bodyman68

    Never cared for these years only thing that makes this car is the big block . Easy to work on but bad year for new model ,69 was better year.

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    • Dennis

      Too many one year only parts. Usually the first year for a new model or a re-model has plenty of issues(bugs) to work out. Bought a front bumper bracket for my 1971 Corvette, guy said 68 would work. For some reason it is different on a 68, go figure! Just an example…

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  4. jon bates

    the seatbelt pockets are missing from the center council….

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  5. Tom Justice

    If the engine is not original does it really make that much difference that the transmission came with the car? Could you Vette people let me know about that, just curious.

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  6. Steve S

    It would be fun to drive the car with that 427 in it with the 4 speed manual transmission and I would take it if I could afford it

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  7. Steve S

    I would take this car if I could afford it and it would be fun to drive with that 427 and 4 speed manual transmission

    Like 1

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