With the introduction of the third-generation Corvette in 1968, Chevy was unknowingly beginning a stretch of now-classic ‘Vettes that would carry on seemingly forever, or at least until 1982.
While power levels would gradually decline during that long run, that wasn’t a problem in ‘68 at least.
With several engine options available, the original owner of this Rally Red coupe was one of just 1,932 people (out of a total sales figure of 28,566) who opted for the 427 Tri-Power V8 that cranked out 400 horsepower and was capable of running the quarter in 13.7 seconds with an eventual top speed of 150 mph.
That original L68 powerplant – which cost just $305.50 more back in the day – remains in place, though it doesn’t currently run after sitting in a garage for 40 years, according to its owner who has the car listed on eBay out of Hicksville, New York.
Interest has already been intense, with 29 bids climbing to $19,300 and already surpassing the reserve with four days to go.
While the engine isn’t running, the seller notes that it was “oiled up” though he doesn’t offer much information on when that was done. Hopefully, it can be rebuilt back easily to its former glory.
The four-speed manual transmission is said to “shift” though again we aren’t offered any further information.
The only other important data offered is that the dash is in “perfect” condition.
Obviously, after such a long period of non-use, the exterior paint is in need of some tender loving care. It would likely also be wise to check this 53-year-old Stingray for rust damage to the frame and birdcage.
It’s clear that this Stingray was the apple of its owner’s eye back in the day, since he also chose power steering, power brakes, black leather interior, and AM/FM radio.
Will it also become the apple of your eye soon?
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