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C3 Corvette - 1968 to 1977 - Part 1

After the success in the sales arena as well as the motoring press, the new for 1968 Corvette had a look that made everyone take notice. The car borrowed obvious styling cues for the 1965 Mako Shark II show car. From its peaked fenders, "coke bottle" inspired shape and the interior styling, Corvette was nothing like any other car on the road.

The bodystyle would enjoy great longevity in spite of being in production well beyond it's prime. From 1968 till 1977, the overall shape had changed very little, and from the outside, the body between to bumpers was virtually the same from one year to the next.

During this era, we saw the most powerfull Corvettes ever, yet we saw some of the most dismal as well. It was during the C3's tenure that the most powerful Corvette to date in terms of advertised power was built, the 460 gross horsepower 454 cubic inch V8 LS6 of 1971. It would not be until 2006 when the 505hp small block based 427 cu in LS7 found in the Z06 would surpass it. By Contrast, the lowest horsepower V8 Corvette, the L48 165 net horsepower 350 ci v8 was produced in 1975. Only the six cylinder found under the engine bay of the 1953-55 Corvettes produced less. No doubt about it, Corvette had made a reputation that was, with the help of Federal regulations, becoming harder and harder to live up to. Dave McLellan replaced Zora during the era, and Chevrolet was working hard to bring Corvette back to the top.

Corvette was still a Corvette, and the Mako Shark II looks would keep buyers waiting in lines to buy them, even when the performance couldn't.

1968 - Mako Shark anyone?
1969 - Goodbye L88, Hello ZL1
1970 - Solid Lifters and Small Blocks
1971 - Who needs Hi-Test?
1972 - End of the Line, LT-1
1973 - Last of the Chrome
1974 - Big-Blocks last Hurrah
1975 - The Last Corvette Convertible
1976 - YJ8, Aluminum wheels
1977 - Wait 'til next year

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