1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
1968 was the first year of the third generation of the Corvette, which lasted until 1982.
The Corvette had a completely new body for 1968, based on the Mako Shark II concept car. It was 6.9 inches longer, 0.4 inches narrower, and 1 inch lower than the C2 Vette. The body is often said to have a Coke bottle shape. The coupe version featured removable T-Top roof panels and a removable rear window which was now a small vertical pane with flying buttresses on each side.
The interior was also completely new for 1968. The dash was redesigned to feature a large tach and speedometer, auxiliary gauges moved to the center of the dash, and a fiber-optic lamp monitoring system was added to the center console. It was the only year for the key ignition on the dash for the C3's.
1968 was also the only year for the push-button door locks, and was the only time there was no "Stingray" script above the fender louvers until 1977. The rocker panel trim was black instead of chrome.
The front grills had a blacked-out horizontal bar pattern with round signal lights set into their outer corners. The windshield wipers were concealed by a power-operated door at the base of the windshield.
The base 327 engine carried over from last year, with 300 horsepower and 360 foot-pounds of torque. 1968 would be the only year for the 327 small block Chevy in a C3. The other engines also remained the same, including the tri-power (three-2 BBL carbs) 427 rated at 435 hp, and the L88 engine underrated at 430 hp.
1968 Corvette Key Differences
Push-button door locks and no "Stingray" script above fender louvers with four vertical slots identify a 1968 Corvette. Also the ignition key on the dash is specific to 1968
1968 and 1969 Vettes are quite similar, sharing the same grill, round front signal lights, and side louvers.
How to Identify a 1968 Corvette
1968 Corvette Door Lock
1968 Corvette Fender Louvers
1968 Corvette Grill
1968 Corvette Removable Roof
1968 Corvette Rear Window
1968 Corvette Dash
1968 Corvette Dash Center
1968 Corvette Windshield Wiper Flap
1968 Corvette Fuel Filler Cap
1968 Corvette Front Flags Emblem
1968 Corvette Tail lights
1968 Corvette Rear Spoiler
1968 Corvette Hood
1968 Corvette 427 Hood
1968 Corvette Rear Insignia
1968 Corvette Headlights
More 1968 Corvette Pictures
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