1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE - 63905 Sold* at Palm Beach 2008 - Lot #350.1 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/63905/63905_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Auction Palm Beach 2008
Status Sold
Lot 350.1
Year 1968
*Includes Buyer Commission
VIN 194678S411075
Exterior Color RALLY RED
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders V8
Engine Size 327
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL
Lot #350.1 - You are not only buying a 1968 Corvette roadster, you are buying a piece of Corvette history. While born in St. Louis in 1968, this 'Vette has spent its entire life in North Carolina. I purchased this car on Sept. 11, 1981, when it was 13 years old. While I am the fifth owner, it has been in my possession for 27 years. I also have title history documented to the original dealer, Harris Conners Chevrolet in Chapel Hill, NC. In 1983, when 15, it was re-painted with DuPont Rally Red lacquer to duplicate the original color applied in St. Louis in February 1968. The car was wet (hand) sanded down to the factory primer and all fiberglass components and panels are original. The convertible top, carpet, seat belts and console have been replaced and the original door panel covering are under the replacement skins. All other interior components including gauges are circa February 1968. The original lenses and fiber optic cables function today. This car has not had a body-off restoration. This optional 327cid/350hp engine has never been rebuilt, in fact it has never been removed from the car. Researching the vehicle from previous owners indicates new timing gear, chain and valve guide seals were replaced in 1976 by the third owner. This was the last year for the 327 engine with the optional 350hp to be equipped with so much factory chrome, oil cap, air breather, valve cover, full ignition shielding. Installed in 1983, the front bumper was the last one available from a Chevrolet parts counter found NOS in Baltimore, MD, for the price of $107. Chassis components are original with the exception of shocks. Rear transmission mount was replaced in 1986 along with new clutch and pressure plate. The correct dated flywheel was resurfaced at this time. Brake system was totally rebuilt with stainless steel calipers and silicone fluid. The original Goodyear Speedway F70/15 still resides in the spare holder today. The one-year-only, correct 7" Rally rims equipped with correct center caps and NOS trim rings garnish the current day replacement Goodyear tires. While the side glasses are the original factory installed, the windshield was replaced in 1982 due to a rock encounter. Although this car is being sold as a two top car with the correct matching hardtop, it was not delivered with an optional hardtop when new. The hardtop was finished in the correct Rally Red lacquer in 1983. Since this vehicle has been in my possession, it has been driven only to car shows and for short pleasure trips. It has resided in its private garage under a car cover since 1983. Numerous award winner including NCRS Top Fight, Carlisle Top Rank and Bowling Green Best Roadster winner.