The Chevrolet Corvette, known also as the Vette, is a front engine,
rear drive, two-door, two-passenger sports car manufactured and
marketed by Chevrolet across more than sixty years of production
and seven design generations. As Chevrolet's halo vehicle, the
Corvette is widely noted for its performance and distinctive
plastic - either fiberglass or composite - bodywork.
In 1953, when GM executives were looking to a name the new
Chevrolet sports car, assistant director for the Public Relations
department Myron Scott suggested Corvette after the small
maneuverable warship - and the name was approved. The first model,
a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a
concept and was followed ten years later, in the 1963 second
generation, in coupe and convertible styles. Originally
manufactured in Flint, Michigan as well as St. Louis, Missouri, the
Corvette has been manufactured since 1981 in Bowling Green,
The Corvette has since become widely known as "America's Sports
Car." Automotive News said that after 'starring' in the early1960s
television show Route 66, the Corvette became synonymous with
freedom and adventure," ultimately becoming both "the most
successful concept car in history and the most popular sports car
The third generation Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II
concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in
production until 1982. C3 coupes featured the first use of T-top
removable roof panels.
Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the
C2, but the body and interior were new. The 350 cu in (5.7 L)
engine replaced the old 327 cu in (5.36 L) as the base engine in
1969, but power remained at 300 bhp. 1969 was the only year for a
C3 to optionally offer either a factory installed side exhaust or
normal rear exit with chrome tips. The all-aluminum ZL1 engine was
also new for 1969; the special big-block engine was listed at
430-hp, but was reported to produce 560 hp and propelled a ZL1
through the 1/4 mile in 10.89 seconds.
This 1969 Number Matching 427ci 4-Speed car is finished in Black on
Black runs extremely well. The interior was recenlty redone and
looks brand new. Era appropriate Crager rims provide the agressive
look and stance and this Stingray is a real head turner.
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