Lot 180 - 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Roadster
|Odometer reading||7,000 miles|
|Estimate||£26,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,240|
The Chevrolet Corvette is instantly recognisable by the marque aficionado and non-aficionado alike. The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette, today, is manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The third generation Corvette, the C3, was designed along the lines of the Mako Shark II concept car and was introduced for the 1968 model year continuing in production until 1982. Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the C2 but the body and interior were all new.
The example presented here represents an incredibly rare example and was only produced during one year, 1968. It benefits from having a matching numbers 327c.i. engine and four-speed manual gearbox producing some 350hp. It has also been comprehensively restored to original factory specification in Safari Yellow with a contrasting black weave interior and black convertible top. It sits atop period Rally wheels and whitewall radial tyres and has travelled very few miles since its restoration. Accompanying this particularly special Corvette re two detailed files relating to its history as well as the original build plate and 1968 handbooks. So significant is it that this actual car was referred to the television series, 'Car SOS' hosted by Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend and featuring respected Corvette specialists Tom Falconer from Claremont Corvette with the host driving this very car on screen. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVKH5SlCFI8) Rare convertible Corvettes are hard to source and so further inspection is certainly recommended in this instance.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.