Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
This 1968 Chevrolet Corvette hits all the high notes: a powerful 454 big block, a 4-speed, and a very attractive price tag. While the early Stingrays with 427s get all the attention, if you're looking for a great 'Vette, a chrome-bumper driver like this is the hot ticket.
The body on this Stingray was refinished several years ago, but it has an authentic look that could almost pass for originality. There are few cars that will attract more attention than a C3 with big block badges on the hood, especially when it's a bright blue big block hood that can scare children away. Roll up in this fantastic plastic and EVERYBODY notices. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the panels are straight, with good prep over well-preserved original fiberglass that has likely never been damaged. Corvette fans are sticklers when it comes to doing it as the factory would have, and with a good polish, the blue will really look great. Gaps are about par for the course on a C3, which again is a good thing for purists, and most fans prefer the chrome bumpers found on the early models. And if it's everyone's attention that you're seeking, nothing works better on a Corvette than chrome side pipes, and these shiny, wide beauties really do the trick. 1968 Corvettes were the only chrome bumper Vette's that got push-button door locks, and now that you've read that sentence, you can quickly discern between the years. And while you're on that conversation point while someone is gawking at this slick car, be sure to take off those awesome T-Tops and really finish off a great impression.
It's likely the original interior in the car and black makes for a very upscale and inviting passenger compartment. There's some wear, but it also has a comfortable, lived-in look about it with much of the components still in good shape. The quick-shifting 4-speed manual transmission has a bright chrome shifter with a cue ball shifter, which was a Corvette hallmark for many years and the gauges show original, clear markings that are easy to see at a glance. Other goodies include an original-style 3-spoke steering wheel, the factory AM/FM radio in the original slot, and those cool fiber-optic bulb indicators in the console. Yes, there are a few signs of age, but we have to admit that we'd hesitate to replace anything since it all looks so authentic. Still hard to believe something like this is so affordable, isn't it?
This C3 will also eat lesser machines on the road for breakfast, thanks to the swapped in 454 big block under the hood. With stout horsepower, it's the smart choice for the guy who likes to drive his Corvette. Reliable and virtually indestructible, the 454's wide torque band makes it the ideal powerplant for long-distance cruising. Again, it looks well-maintained with Chevy Orange paint on the block, finned Corvette valve covers, a finned Holley air cleaner, and it really runs great. The afore mentioned side-pipe exhaust gives it a thumping rumble, not to mention an indistinguishably killer look. Modest street-friendly gears combine with the big block's mountainous torque curve to make acceleration entertaining at any speed and clutch take-up is smooth and progressive, making it very easy to drive. Rally wheels give the 'Vette a traditional performance look and they're wrapped in fat 225/60/15 blackwall radials.
Big block Corvettes aren't getting cheaper, so take this opportunity to put a dialed-in 4-speed C3 in your garage for under $30k. Call today!
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