Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 Coupe
The Corvette was deceptively new for 1968. In reality, it was an all-new body and interior mounted on a chassis that was first introduced in 1963. The then-controversial styling was lifted from Bill Mitchell’s 1965 Mako Shark II concept car. Coupes sported a pair of lift-out roof-panels coined “T-tops” that, once removed, exposed a central spine necessary for structural rigidity. The new roof design offered much of the convertible’s open-air experience, but with greater security and a quieter interior than the typical open car. In addition, the rear window of coupes was removable to further enhance the convertible-like experience.
After a one-year hiatus, the Stingray name reappeared, albeit as one word instead of two. Since the Corvette was all-new for 1968, changes were few for 1969. Minor exterior changes included inboard tail lamps that incorporated backup lights. Inside, the ignition key was now on the steering column as part of a federally-mandated locking steering wheel.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
390 bhp, 427 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98".
Source: RM Auctions
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