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Entry-level 1968 Corvette droptop


Just about everybody loves a good Corvette, and Chevy’s fiberglass sports car has had tremendous staying power among all generations – both of the collectors and of the cars themselves, with the latest Corvettes ranking as the seventh generation.

Just now, there are more than 2,200 Corvettes of every generation advertised on ClassicCars.com’s marketplace.

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The convertible appears to have its original trim

And while special performance editions of the Corvettes command lofty six-figure values, there are still plenty of them available at more-affordable price points.

Chevrolet produced the eye-popping 1963 Corvette Sting Ray as the second generation, a streamlined tour de force based on the original Mako Shark concept car created by stylist Larry Shinoda under the direction of Bill Mitchell. So, what to do for an encore five years later?

Looking back, it seems relatively obvious: base the third-generation Corvette on GM Styling Center’s next bite of the apple, the Mako Shark II. This swoopy sports car design with the bulging fenders seemed like just the right look for the era.

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The top looks fairly fresh

And indeed, it was. The all-new 1968 Corvette created just as much excitement as the original ’63 Sting Ray, luring sports car fanatics of every ilk with its stunning combination of exotic styling and high performance.

The ’68 Corvette is still considered special enough among collectors today that special events are scheduled this year to mark its 50th anniversary.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Corvette roadster described as a number-matching original “that is a pure joy to drive” by the Lenexa, Kansas, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

While details are sparse in the ad description, the dealer notes that the Corvette comes with its original 327cid, 350-horsepower V8 engine linked with a 4-speed manual transmission.

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The interior is in its original Tobacco Brown

The car has a “very solid frame,” the listing says, and “the interior is clean and the convertible top is in excellent condition.” There is no mention of any restoration history, although the odometer shows about 97,000 miles and the dealers says the car remains in its original color scheme of British green with a tobacco interior.

Big-block versions of the ’68 Corvette may get all the attention, and the premium prices,
But many enthusiasts find the small-block cars such as this one to handle better and provide plenty of acceleration for every driving need this side of the drag strip.

Depending on this Corvette’s overall condition – and it does look very nice in the photos with the ad – the asking price of $29,900 seems like a great entry point to the world of vintage Corvettes, with enough room for repairs as needed.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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