Wild ’80s Custom: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette

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80s show cars are among my favorite of the wildly modified generations, and this 1968 Chevy Corvette is a combination of multiple identities based on the styling tweaks on display here. It began life as a convertible but has been modified into a coupe using an “…’80 front doghouse, Mustang rear glass and backup lights, plus Shelby-style taillights.” Got that? It’s a bit of a mongrel, but it actually works pretty well. Find the Corvette here on eBay with one bid to $1K and the reserve unmet.

I actually really dig the rear end treatment, and the unique roof and overhang actually looks better than stock, in my humble opinion. The turbine wheels are a must-have look from this era, and appear to be a staggered setup which works well with the flared-out rear haunches. The louvers are about as 80s as you can get, and if those taillights are the sequential type that blink right to left, I’m already in love.

Interior-wise, things remain mostly stock and the cabin shows off the preferred manual transmission. The seats are garden-variety Corvette buckets and the mismatched door panels look out of place. I’m actually surprised not to see more shag carpeting or some big, booming stereo; perhaps it was more modified at one time and later returned to stock condition when its show circuit days ended.

The engine has been breathed on, with the 350 benefiting from double-hump heads, upgraded camshaft, a new clutch, and fresh brakes, among other tweaks. The seller notes it drives out nicely and most of its needs are cosmetic, although the power windows likely need new motors and the power-assisted antenna doesn’t work all that well. He also notes a full paint job is in order, but I think I’d enjoy driving this former showboat around before I worried about perfect paint. What about you?

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    At least the 50K car wasn’t ugly. Looks like a kit car gone bad.

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  2. OhU8one2

    Spastic plastic. What else can I say. You either like it or you don’t. Sorry, it’s just NOT my cup of tea. But, it screams the 80’s like it was yesterday. Parachute pants, mullets,Charlies Angel’s, and a game of Pong all rolled up into a nice ride. It was a great music era.

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  3. Coventrycat

    There’s a med for that.

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  4. 86_Vette_Convertible

    The top looks to be based on a convertible top with new glass and bonded to the car. The rear end is a maybe for me. Big complaint is with no apparent bumper the first time something touches it you’re going to have a bunch of broken plastic. The front end though acceptable, I still prefer the chrome bumpers on this era. There are electric kits that will take care of the headlights issues.

    To me, this is one of those “if it’s cheap enough” cars, might be ok as it sits. Without knowing the sellers reserve don’t know where it falls though. To me this is a take it or leave it car, it will never be original so you’re pretty much stuck with the sellers vision of the car.

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  5. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Interesting back seat.

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  6. Steve

    Someone ruined a perfectly good 68 Corvette.

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  7. Jerry C

    I agree with Steve. Some of us can only dream of owning a corvette, when others that do, do this to them. Shaking my head.

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  8. Bakyrdhero

    I like the rear end despite hating that it was done in the first place. That’s all I like about this car though.

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