Red-on-red 1968 Corvette convertible restored to original

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The 1968 Corvette was a breakthrough design

“All different, all over.” That was the marketing slogan for the 1968 Corvette, which was indeed a wild departure from the first two generations of Chevy’s fiberglass sports car.

The swoopy styling looked thrillingly aerodynamic, a sleek interpretation of the Mako Shark concept car.  The hidden headlights were set flush into the low front end, and its fenders bulged aggressively over the wide tires.

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The convertible is said to be a numbers-matching example

Though initially generating some controversy, the ’68 Vette now commands respect for a design that was just as groundbreaking as that of the original Sting Ray unveiled five years earlier.  And here we are on the cusp of an all-new mid-engine Corvette for 2020, another break from the past.

The Pick of the Day is a red-on-red 1968 Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, which has been completely restored, according to the Monroe, North Carolina, private owner advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

The convertible has been driven 15,000 miles since “total restoration,” the seller says, with a rebuilt 327/350-horsepower V8 fitted with high-lift cam and linked with a 4-speed manual transmission and Positraction rear.

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The Corvette was repainted in 2018

While some muscle-car adherents might long for big-block power, this powertrain is the ideal setup for enjoying the car’s sporty balance and handling performance. And 350 horsepower should be plenty for anything this side of the drag strip.

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Back in the day, I had a roommate with a ’68 convertible with a 327 and 4-speed, which I would occasionally get to drive.  It was an awesome sports car that was almost too much fun.  And always a head turner with loads of sex appeal.

This Vette is number 387 out of 28,500 built for the 1968 model year, according to the seller, which makes it one of the earliest of C3 iterations. All numbers match the factory build sheet, the seller says.

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The interior looks like new

The car looks to be in excellent condition in the photos with the ad, and standing on what looks to be original-type wheels.  Very nice to see such an original-looking Corvette that has not been updated or customized, and it looks ready to show at the upcoming Corvettes at Carlisle extravaganza.

The asking price of $30,000 seems quite reasonable for an apparently great example of the proverbial red Corvette.

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

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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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