|2) Body/Paint/Exterior Trim: The beautiful body work on this car has been treated to one repaint in the correct LeMans blue (paint code 976) in the past. The panels are nice and straight, the fit and finish is as good, if not better than original from GM and the paint has a high gloss with very few imperfections. Chrome is nice condition with no pitting or rust areas. The original looking stainless trim and emblems are all straight and shine nicely. The added fender vent trim while not original on the '68 model, adds a subtle dress up to the car. Weatherstripping is in good shape and there are no leaks. Undercarriage and frame is nicely detailed with no signs of rust or problem areas.
Interior: The trim code 415 medium blue leather interior looks to be mostly original in consistent condition to a car with 53,000 miles. The seat covers do show some light wear, but are not ripped or cracked. The door panels and carpet are in excellent condition with very little wear showing. Dash is uncut, crack free and still looks great. All gauges are clear and in good working order with the exception of the clock. Even the factory AM/FM radio works. The only deviation from stock inside is the addition of a Vintage Air Gen IV system that utilizes stock looking controls, existing side vents and adds a stock looking center vent. From the cabin most people would never even notice the system was added. Manual window regulators work smoothly and there is no binding with the manual lock assemblies.
Engine/Drivetrain: Original VIN stamped and correct engine suffix and casting code (detailed below) L71 435HP 427 cubic inch engine has all its correct born with components. The engine runs excellent, with a hint of cam lope from the original spec solid lifer cam. Correct tri-carb intake and Holley carbs top off the engine and spent gasses exit through original cast iron exhaust manifolds. The engine is mated to a service replacement Muncie M20 4-speed transmission that shifts smoothly and quietly through all the gears. Out back is the correct date coded, AZ 3.55:1 geared posi-traction rear end to round out the drivetrain. While this car is a collector piece, it is also built to be driven and enjoyed!
Attention to detail: Wherever you look there is attention to detail. From the beautiful engine bay, to the clean and detailed undercarriage, the good complete interior and, straight and solid exterior, this car will not disappoint. It is a perfect addition to any collection for someone that wants a numbers matching L71 435HP Corvette that will perform well at shows, get attention at cars and coffee events without the hassle of having to trailer it everywhere you go. According to its Corvette C3 registry entry, this is one of 19 cars built with its configuration and options which makes for a very collectible car!
Cowl Tag Breakdown: Line 1, Body build date L16 July 16, 1968
Line 2, Interior trim (415) Medium Blue Leather
Exterior Paint Code (976) LeMans Blue
Engine Pad Breakdown: T0710IR, Engine Plant (T) Tonawanda plant, Assembly date (0710) July 10th, Engine/Transmission Code (IR) L71 (435HP 427)/Manual Transmission.
Engine Casting Number: 3935439 390, 400, 430 and 435HP 427 (Late production 1968 model year)
Cylinder Head Info: Left (Driver's side), Casting number: 3919840 435HP 427, Assembly Date (E15 8) May 15, 1968.
Right (Passenger's side), Casting number: 3919840 435HP 427, Assembly Date (F17 8) June 17, 1968
Intake Casting Number: 3919852 435HP 427 Aluminum
Carb Code Breakdown: Front/Rear Carb 3902352 Holley 2300 (435/427), iddle Carb 3940929 Holley 2300 w/choke (435/427)
Exhaust Manifolds: Left (Driver's side) 3880827 All 427 engines, Right (Passenger's side) 3880828 All 427 engines
Rear end: Diff Code: AZ 3.55:1 (427 Engine), Date: 07 11 68 (July 11, 1968), Assembly plant: W Warren, MI
Options w production breakdown (According to entry in C3 Corvette registry, https://www.c3registry.com/index.php?job=ShowCorvette&car_id=5511 ):
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (std w/coupe)
J50 Power Brakes (33.46)
L71 427ci, 435HP engine (10.14)
M20 4 Speed Manual Transmission (37.67)
U69 AM/FM Radio (85.15). Overall production - .06 (19 cars). $37,500 (RnM) on August 8, 2017.
1) This is a very nice 68 Corvette with what is believed to be the original 427/435HP V8 Tri-Power with a 4-speed manual transmission. This car has manual steering but with an oversized steering wheel is easy to maneuver. Trim code is 415 medium blue leather & paint code 976 LeMans Blue. All lights, gauges and am/fm stereo are in working condition and have been kept in immaculate condition. The odometer reads 52,147 but it is mileage exempt and has not been verified. This T-Top car is perfect for a weekend cruiser or a show piece. 52,147 miles. October 10, 2008.