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1968 Chevrolet Corvette
The Corvette received a bold new look in 1968.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette

The all new 1968 Corvette sported a sweeping new design change from previous Corvettes. The all new styling resembled Chevrolet's Mako Shark II concept car and was a bold new look. The new Corvette also introduced hidden windshield wipers and removable T-tops on Coupe models. A new three speed automatic transmission replaced the previous two-speed unit.

Under the hood, the Corvette gained several interesting engine options, including the 327 cid V8 L79 rated at 350 hp, and the L89 aluminum head option for the L71. The rare L88 engine option was still available for a whopping $1,032, and just 115 were sold.

The 427 engine option remained a popular choice among performance seekers. Identifying the 427, was a special domed hood that allowed for engine clearance. Mandatory options included an aluminum radiator, heavy duty brakes, and the Muncie M-22 transmission. Luxury options such as Power windows, power steering, and radios were not available. Corvette production rose to a new all-time high of 28,566 units.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Corvette
94 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe $4,663 3,055 lbs 9,936
94 67 2 Dr Convertible $4,347 3,070 lbs 18,630

Notes: A total of 216 Corvettes with the L88 (427-cid/560-hp) option were sold in 1967-1969 models. Of these, 20 were 1967 models.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Lenght Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Corvette 98 in 182.1 in 69.2 in 58.3 in 59 in F70 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code. Also the serial number was on the top of the dash, left side, visible thru windshield.
First Symbol - Manufacturer
1 = Chevrolet
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Corvair 500 six-cylinder 33 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino/Custom Nomad six-cylinder
05 = Corvair Monza six-cylinder 34 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino/Custom Nomad V-8
07 = Corvair Corsa six-cylinder 35 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino six-cylinder
11 = Chevy II four-cylinder 36 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino V-8
R12 = Corvir Forward Control six-cylinder 37 = Chevelle Concours six-cylinder
13 = Chevy II Nova six-cylinder 38 = Chevelle Concours/Super Sport/El Camino SS V-8
14 = Chevy II Nova V-8 53 = Biscayne six-cylinder
15 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport six-cylinder 54 = Biscayne V-8
16 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport V-8 55 = Bel Air six cylinder
17 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 56 = Bel Air V-8
18 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 63 = Impala six-cylinder
23 = Camaro six-cylinder 64 = Impala V-8
24 = Camaro V-8 66 = Caprice
25 = Deluxe Camaro 67 = Impala Super Sport six-cylinder
26 = Deluxe Camaro 68 = Impala Super Sport V-8
31 = Chevelle 300/Std. Nomad six-cylinder 94 = Corvette
32 = Chevelle 300/Std. Nomad V-8  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 39 = four-door hardtop or sport sedan
15 = two-door station wagon 6p 45 = four-door station wagon 9p
17 = two-door hardtop 47 = two-door hardtop
27 = two-door sedan 67 = convertible
35 = four-door station wagon 6p 69 = four-door sedan
37 = two-door hardtop or sport coupe 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
8 = 1968
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (R) Arlington, Texas
(C) Southgate, California (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Doraville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(F) Flint, Michigan (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (W) Willow Run, Michigan
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (Y) Wilmington, Delaware
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
(L) Los Angeles, California (1) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
(N) Norwood, Ohio (2) St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001
 

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Options

Code Description Price
898 Genuine Leather Seats $79.00
A01 Soft-Ray Tinted Windows (all glass) $15.80
A02 Soft-Ray Tinted Windshield $10.55
A31 Power Windows $57.95
A82 Headrests $42.15
A85* Shoulder Belts $26.35
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop $231.75
C08 Vinyl Covering $52.70
C50 Rear Window Defroster $31.60
C60 Air Conditioning $412.90
F41 Special Front & Rear Suspension $36.90
G76 3.36:1 Optional Rear Axle Ratio $2.20
G81 Positraction Rear Axle $46.35
G96 3.55:1 Optional Rear Axle Ratio $2.20
G97 2.73:1 Optional Rear Axle Ratio $2.20
J50 Power Brakes $42.15
J56 Special Heavy-Duty Brakes $384.45
K66 Transistor Ignition System $73.75
L36 427-cid/390-hp V8 $200.15
L68 427-cid/400-hp V8 $305.50
L71 427-cid/435-hp V8 $437.10
L79 327-cid/350-hp V8 $105.35
L88 427-cid/430-hp V8 (560-hp actual) $947.90
L89 Aluminum Cylinder Heads for Engine Option L71 $368.65
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission $184.30
M21 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Transmission $184.30
M22 Heavy-Duty 4-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Transmission $236.30
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission $226.45
N11 Off Road Exhaust System $36.90
N36 Telescopic Steering Column $42.15
N40 Power Steering $94.80
P01 Bright Metal Wheel Covers $57.95
PT6 F70 x 15 Redline Tires $31.30
PT7 F70 x 15 White Sidewall Tires $31.35
U15 Speed Warning Indicator $10.55
U69 AM-FM Radio $172.75
U79 AM-FM Stereo Radio $278.10
UA6 Alarm System $26.35

NOTES:

  • (A85) Convertible only. Shoulder Belts were included with Coupes at no charge.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
HE 8-327 300 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HO 8-327 300 360 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
HP 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
HT 8-327 # 350 360 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IL 8-427 390 460 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IM 8-427 * 400 460 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
IO 8-427 * 400 460 Turbo Hydra-Matic 3 - 2 BC
IQ 8-427 390 460 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
IR 8-427 435 460 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
IT 8-427 # 430 (560) 450 (Not Available) 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
IU 8-427 # 435 460 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC

# Special High Performance
* = High Performance

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
Powerglide All models stamped on the right side of transmission oil pan.
Turbo Hydra-Matic Right hand vertical surface of transmission case
3-Speed Corvair and fully synchronized Passenger (exc. Warner Gear) transmissions stamped on square boss on left side below and rear of cover
4-Speed Passenger models (exc. Corvair) stamped on right side of case ahead of the extension.
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
N Muncie 4-Speed
W Warner Gear 3 and 4-Speed
P Muncie 4-Speed
R Saginaw 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
CA Hydra-Matic 3-Speed, Automatic Turbo Hydra-Matic
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
X Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
B Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
Y Toledo Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
A Cleveland 2-Speed, Manual Powerglide

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions (exc. Warner Gear) will carry a production code number such as: C1116N (C = Cleveland Powerglide, 11 = November, 16 = 16th, N = Night Shift). The Warner Gear transmissions will carry a production code number such as: WG1031 (W = Warner Gear 4-Spd., G = July, 10 = 10th, 7 = 1967, 1 = First Shift).

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Exterior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

900 - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - 88L
Dulux® Code - 93-005

983 - British Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4949L
Dulux® Code - 4949D
972 - Polar White
Lucite® Code - 4714L
984 - Safari Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4906L
Dulux® Code - 4906D
974 - Rally Red
Lucite® Code - 4688LH
Dulux® Code - 93-97541H
986 - Silverstone Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4907L
Dulux® Code - 4907D
976 - Le Mans Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4908L
Dulux® Code - 4908D

988 - Cordovan Maroon (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4915LH
Dulux® Code - 4915DM

978 - International Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4909L
Dulux® Code - 4909D
992 - Corvette Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4910LH
Dulux® Code - 4910DH
NOTES: The first letter of a two-letter paint code identifies the body color. The second letter identifies the roof color. (For example, the combination RA on a Chevrolet would indicate the body finished in Matador Red and the roof area in Tuxedo Black.) General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left cross-rail in the engine compartment. Corvette paint code plate is on the instrument panel brace, below the glove compartment.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Interior Paint Codes

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Tobacco
Lucite® Code - 9543L (semi-gloss)

Dark Orange Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9544L (semi-gloss)

Gunmetal Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9542L (semi-gloss)

Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9545LH (semi-gloss)

Medium Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9540L (semi-gloss)

Black
Lucite® Code - 88L (semi-gloss)

Dark Bright Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9541L (semi-gloss)

 

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use 1/2 oz. DuPont #4528 flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Black - Gray - Aqua 389 - 259

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AK AM, AU 3.36 10 Bolt
  AL, AT, AV, AW 3.08 10 Bolt
  AN, AZ 3.55 12 Bolt
AS AO, FA 3.70 12 Bolt
  AP, FB 4.11 12 Bolt
  AY 2.73 10 Bolt
  FC 4.56 12 Bolt

 

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