The car is a COPO (Central Office Production Order) model, a way that muscle car enthusiasts used to be able to get custom cars through the factory.
This Stingray – special-ordered in late 1967 through Brown & Hoeye Chevrolet in Mesa, Arizona – was built at the St. Louis factory on Jan. 2, 1968.
What makes it so rare is that the seller – who’s owned the car for the past seven years – claims it to be the only ’68 Corvette out of the 28,566 built that was delivered to the original owner in Unknown Special Paint or Primer with the paint code of 001.
He says the car was never intended to remain that way and now has a “beautiful” white exterior with the original Saddle interior still in place and still in excellent condition nearly 54 years later. He claims that color interior wasn’t an option listed for 1968 Corvettes.
Also still in place is the original numbers-matching L79 327/350 horsepower engine, hooked to the original four-speed Muncie manual transmission.
“The drivetrain and the interior are mostly untouched,” the seller says, “and all original to the car.”
We especially love the look of a C3 convertible with the hardtop in place, and this car includes the optional matching hardtop said to have only been used for transporting so there are no rub marks on the top deck.
“The tank sticker is still on the fuel tank to verify all original options,” he adds, “so you know you are getting the real deal.”
Those options include four-season air conditioning, headrests, shoulder harness restraints, power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, telescopic steering wheel, and AM/FM stereo.
Other documents that are included with the sale and help to authenticate the car are the Protect-O-Plate and all paperwork from the previous two owners.
“This near flawless COPO classic is breathtaking,” says the third owner. “There will be no disappointments for the new owner.”
The car spent all of its life in Arizona and northern California until the current owner bought it in 2014 and shipped it to Texas, where he has driven it only 300 miles “just to keep all fluids moving through the motor and making sure that the car is functioning as it should.”
So far, the car hasn’t drawn any activity on eBay, where the starting bid is listed at $48,000. The auction runs through Tuesday at 9 p.m.
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