Welcome back, Corvette friends, as we continue our generational look back the 2021 Corvettes at Carlisle show. We’ve already shown off some of our favorite C1 and C2 Corvettes so now it’s time to move on to Corvette’s 3rd generation.
The C3, or shark, generation of Corvette ran from 1968 to 1982 and remains the longest-running iteration to date. The model kicked off in 1968 with a 327 engine on the low end and went all the way up to the stomping L88 as the top motor. Once the insurance companies got involved, Corvettes base powerplant had dropped to 165hp in 1975.
After that it was slowly back uphill until 1982 when the Crossfire engine and its 200 horsepower made its debut. It’s also where we began to see Corvette transition from a bruiser into more of a luxury cruiser with features like power seats, standard air conditioning, cruise control, and a functional rear glass hatch.
The 3rd generation Corvettes are among our favorites here and we had plenty of C3 eye candy to chew on last weekend at Carlisle. While the show has naturally evolved into later model cars, we still peeped many nice sharks sprinkled throughout the fairgrounds. Examples from 1968 all the way through 1982 were displayed and the 50th anniversary 1971 display drew eager eyes all weekend long. We were especially happy to see a C3 bombing around the autocross course Saturday morning.
Enjoy our gallery of 3rd generation Corvettes below. If you see your ride, be sure to give yourself a shoutout in the Comments section below. Or head over to our Facebook page and drop a pic of your C3.
Photos by Steve Burns