Unlock the 1968 Corvette Specifications – An Iconic Classic

Discover the Iconic 1968 Corvette Specifications – All the Details You Need to Know!

Article updated: 12/17/2022

As we look at the 1968 Corvette Specifications, we start with the total production numbers. This was the first year of the third-generation body style. The 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 saw a total production of 28,566.  There were 9,936 Coupes and 18,630 Convertibles.  In the post, we will look at the options available as well as the interior and exterior color choices.

The ’68 Corvette’s streamlined body design was inspired by the ’65 Mako Shark II concept car. With its long hood, flared fenders, flushing door handles, and sleek rear end – they took the best of this idea to make it into reality. The new sports car is an American dream car.

The new 1968 C3 Corvette sported a fresh new fiberglass exterior and modernized interior installed on the same unaltered frame as last year’s model. A T-Top roof panel for the coupes and 3-Speed Turbo HydraMatic transmission were both first in 1968.

1968 Corvette
1968 Corvette

The third-generation Corvette was produced from 1968 through 1982 model years and produced in St. Louis, Missouri. Read on to learn about the 1968 iconic classic sports car’s specifications.

1968 Corvette Specifications Table of Contents

1968 Corvette Options, RPO Numbers, Quantity, and Cost

RPO#DESCRIPTIONQUANTITY$ RETAIL
19437Base Corvette Sport Coupe9,9364,663.00
19467Base Corvette Convertible18,6304,320.00
n/aGenuine Leather Seats2,42979.00
A01Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows17,63515.80
A02Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield5,50910.55
A31Power Windows7,06557.95
A82Headrests3,19742.15
A85Custom Shoulder Belts (std with Coupe)35026.35
C07Auxillary Hardtop (convertible only)8,735231.75
C08Vinyl Covering (for Auxillary Hardtop)3,05052.70
C50Rear Window Defroster69331.60
C60Air Conditioning5,664412.90
F41Special Front and Rear Suspension1,75836.90
G81Positraction Rear Axle27,00846.35
J50Power Brakes9,55942.15
J56Special Heavy Duty Brakes81384.45
K66Transistor Ignition System5,45773.75
L36427ci, 390hp Engine7,717200.15
L68427ci, 400hp Engine1,932350.50
L71427ci, 435hp Engine2,898437.10
L79327ci, 350hp Engine9,440105.35
L88427ci, 430hp Engine80947.90
L89Aluminum Cylinder Heads with L71 Engine624805.75
M204-Speed Manual Transmission10,760184.35
M214-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio12,337184.35
M224-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty80263.30
M40Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission5,063226.45
N11Off Road Exhaust System4,69536.90
N36Telescopic Steering Column6,47742.15
N40Power Steering12,36494.80
P01Bright Metal Wheel Covers8,97157.95
PT6F70x15 Red Stripe Tires, Nylon11,68631.30
PT7F70x15 White Stripe Tires, Nylon9,69231.30
UA6Alarm System38826.35
U15Speed Warning Indicator3,45310.55
U69AM-FM Radio24,609172.75
U79AM-FM Stereo Radio3,311278.10

1968 Corvette Exterior Colors

CODEEXTERIORQUANTITY
900Tuxedo Black708
972Polar White1,868
974Rally Red2,918
976LeMans Blue4,722
978International Blue2,473
983British Green4,779
984Safari Yellow3,133
986Silverstone Silver3,435
988Cordovan Maroon1,155
992Corvette Bronze3,374

1968 Corvette Interior Colors

The C3’s interior had several options: tinted glass, air conditioning, power windows, power steering, tilt-telescope steering column, AM/FM radio or stereo, headrests, leather seating, rear window defogger, and a factory-installed alarm system.

CODECOLOR
stdBlack Vinyl
402Black Leather
407Red Vinyl
408Red Leather
411Dark Blue Vinyl
414Medium Blue Vinyl
415Medium Blue Leather
425Dark Orange Vinyl
426Dark Orange Leather
435Tobacco Vinyl
436Tobacco Leather
442Gunmetal Vinyl

1968 Corvette Engine Options

The 1968 Corvette came in a standard convertible or coupe trim with six optional engine platforms, ranging from 300 horsepower to the mighty 435 horsepower L71 V8 engine.

  • 327ci – 300HP Engine (std)
  • 327ci -350HP Engine
  • 427ci – 390HP Engine
  • 427ci -400HP Engine
  • 427ci – 430HP Engine
  • 427ci – 435HP Engine
TypeSizeCarbHorse PowerTourqe
L79327ci1x4bbl350 hp @ 5800 rpm360 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Base327ci1x4bbl300 hp @ 5000 rpm360 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
L88427ci1x4bbl560 hp @ 6400 rpm
L71427ci3x2bbl435 hp @ 5800 rpm460 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
L89427ci3x2bbl435 hp @ 5800 rpm460 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
L36427ci1x4bbl390 hp @ 5400 rpm460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

Transmission Options for the 1968 Corvette

  • 3-speed manual (standard)
  • 4-speed manual (optional)
  • 3-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic (optional)

1968 Vette Vehicle Identification Numbers

194378S400001 – 194378S428566

Want to learn what is the difference between a 1968 and a 1969 Corvette is? Check out our C3 Corvette Overview to see the changes that took place along the way on the third-generation Vette often referred to as the “shark” generation of Corvettes.

How much does the 1968 Corvette weigh?

  • 2 Door Sport Coupe 3,055 lbs
  • 2 Door Convertible 3,070 lbs

1968 Corvette Chassis Data

ModelWheelbaseOverall LengthWidthFront TreadRear TreadTires
Corvette98 in182.1 in69.2 in58.3 in59 inF70 x 15

So, what does a used 1968 Corvette cost?

According to J.D. Power and NADA Guides, the value of a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette is as follows.:

On the low retail end, around $23,500. The average retails is around $46,700, and the high retail is around 66,200.

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