$23,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1968

rpo code description
19467 Corvette Convertible
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows
A31 Power Windows
G81 Positraction Rear Axle
L79 327ci 350hp Engine
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission
N36 Telescopic Steering Column
U69 AM-FM Radio

exterior color code
983 British Green
interior color code
STD Black Vinyl

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette
Transmission:   4-Speed Manual
Mileage:   95,810 (Actual)
Engine:   327 ci 350 hp L79
VIN:   194378S410046
about the dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am.  Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation.  We do it because we enjoy it.  We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it. 
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468 

vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is very proud to offer this numbers matching 1968 Corvette in beautiful condition with the high performance L79 327ci 350hp engine option and 4-speed transmission. This Corvette looks great, runs well, and is a very nice driver. It is totally solid with no rust issues and straight lines. This is an excellent opportunity to own a highly desirable classic L79 Stingray that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value. One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come. The car is finished in the handsome and desireable color combination of British Green over Black Vinyl. This is the correct and original color scheme as verified by the trim tag pictured below. Nearly every number we checked on the car was correct down to the part numbers, date codes, and VIN stamps on the engine block and transmission, which are also pictured below. Please peruse all of the photos, numbers, and video below to get a true sense of how nice, clean, and correct this Corvette really is.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.  We hand pick each car after careful inspection.  Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their car to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.  We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected.  Please take the time to scrutinize each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

model description

 

 

"All Different All Over" That is a quote from the 1968 Corvette sales brochure. Corvette when through a major body change in 1968 to "Mako Shark" body style. The new design was destined to become a classic. Corvettes for the next forty years, including the C4, C5, C6, and the current C7 generation would follow the same basic lines and design principles to be recognizable as a relative of the 1968 trend setter. For the first time the coupe featured removable roof panels (T-Tops) and a "pop out" rear window. Wheel width increased to seven inches. 1968 was the first Corvette without side vent windows and the last with the ignition switch on the instrument panel. For better weight distribution the battery was moved from the engine bay to a compartment inside the car behind the seats. The 1968 Corvette also features many one year only features such as the door panels and the push button outer door handles.

 

numbers

 


Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct. This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order. For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled. All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly.

 
item number description*
VIN 194378S410046 The first digit, "1," indicated the Chevrolet division of GM.  The "94" is the series, Stingray V8 Corvette.  The "67" is the body style, 2-door convertible. The sixth digit, "8," indicates the model year, 1978.  The "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last five digits are a sequence number so this is the 10,046th Corvette made for 1968.
Body Build Date F25 "F" corresponds to January, and the 25 is the twenty-fifth day of the month meaning this Corvette body build date is January 25, 1968.
Engine Code V0I16 "V" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  The "0I" is the first month of year and the "16" is the sixteenth day of the month meaning the engine was assembled on January 16, 1968.  This is correct as it precedes the build date of the car.
Suffix Code HT This means the motor was intended for an L79 327ci 350hp Corvette with a manual transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine VIN Stamping 410046 The last 6 digits of the car's VIN, 410046, are stamped on the engine pad and pictured below meaning this engine is original to this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 3914678 The engine block has the correct 3914678 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date A 12 8 "A" is January, "12" is the twelfth day of the month, and "8" is 1968 so the engine block was cast on January 12, 1968.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Distributor 1111438 The distributor is original and correct with a 1111438 stamping on the band.
Distributor Date Code 7L6 The "7" is the last digit of the calendar year, the "L" denotes November, and "6" is the sixth day of the month meaning the distributor was made on November 6, 1967.  This is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Cylinder Heads Casting Number 333882 Both cylinder heads have the correct 333882 casting number
Cylinder Heads Casting Date E 4 7 "E" is May, "4" is the fourth day of the month, and "7" is 1977 so both cylinder heads were cast on May 4, 1977.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Carburetor Main Body 7029207 The "70" is a code used on all Rochester carbs from 1965-1975. The third digit, "2," indicates it was made in the 1960's. The fourth digit, "9," is the model year. The fifth digit, "5," indicates that it is a 4BBL Quadrajet carb. The seventh digit, "0," means is was built for the Chevrolet division of GM. The last digit, "3," means it was intended for use in a manual transmission car such as this. This is the correct carburetor for a 1969 350hp Corvette.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 3919803 The intake manifold has a 3919803 casting number.
Intake Manifold Casting Date A 3 8 "A" is January, "3" is the third day of the month, and "8" is 1968 so the intake manifold was cast on January 3, 1968.  Which is correct as it predates the assembly date of the engine.
Expansion Tank 3016340 The expansion tank is correct for a 1968 Corvette with a 1102484 stamping.
Expansion Tank Date Code 67M The "67" is the model year, the "M" denotes December meaning the expansion tank is dated December 1967, which is correct as it predates the engine and body build dates.
Transmission Main Case Casting # 3925660 The transmission main case has a correct 3925660 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing Casting # 3857584 The transmission tail housing has a correct 3857584 casting number.
Transmission Side Cover Casting # 3884685 The side cover on the transmission has a correct 3884685 casting number.
Transmission Date Stamp P 8 A 11 The "P" indicates that this is a Muncie transmission. The "8" indicates 1968. The "A" is the first month of the year and the "11" is the eleventh day of the month, So the transmission was assembled on January 11, 1968.
Transmission VIN Stamp 410046 The last six digits of the VIN, 410046, are stamped on the transmission main case, which is pictured below.
Bell Housing Casting Number 3858403 The bell housing has a 3858403 casting number.
Differential Stamp AM 1 17 68 W The "AM" is a code indicating that this car came with a 3.36:1 axle ratio and posi-traction. The "1" is the first month of the year and the "17" is the seventeenth day of the month. The "W" is the plant in which it was produced, Warren, MI. So the rear end is dated January 17, 1968, which is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Windshield CZ The "C" is November and the "Z" is 1967 so this window is original, made in November of 1976.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Driver's Window YZ The "Y" is October and "Z" is 1967 so this window is original, made in October of 1967.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Passenger  Window NX "N" is January and "X" is 1968 so this window is original, made in January of 1968.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.
Rear Window CZ The "C" is November and the "Z" is 1967 so this window is original, made in November of 1976.  This is correct as it predates the build date of the car.

 *Most information obtained from Alan A. Colvin's Corvette by the Numbers and Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book.  

 

condition

 
 

Exterior

The British Green exterior is in very nice driver condition. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a dazzling gloss, smooth finish, and deep shine. The car exhibits good body panel fit overall for an early C3 Corvette. Often Corvettes will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some small blemishes that were too faint to show up in the photos, but nothing that is noticeable from standing five or ten feet back. The wheels are in good condition with a nice finish. The front fenders and inner fenders look new. As one can see in the photos of the underside of the car, this Corvette has NO RUST ISSUES. The frame is totally solid with no rust in front of the rear tire and I have seen no evidence of corrosion around the windshield.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL the glass on this car are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of January 25, 1968 (F25), which is always a very good to find.

The Corvette looks just as good in person as it does in the photos

 

Interior

The Black interior of the Corvette is also in great condition. The seats look just in person just as they do in the photos with no split seams, no holes, and no excessive wear. They are not worn through in the topically area where the driver gets in and out. The carpet is in nice condition for being original with no stains, rips, or holes. The dash looks fantastic with no splits, sun fading, or cracks. As one can see in the photos, the fit of the center console components could be improved. The door panels are in great condition for being original. There is one blemish on the passenger door panel and a specific photo of it below. The door panels are not cracked on the arm pads, which is very common for this era Corvette. The jack and jack handle are still present and stowed behind the passenger seat. The only thing that is odd inside the car is the steering wheel sits very low. I am not sure why the column places the steering wheel so low, but someone who is anything larger than average may have trouble fitting into the car so I would suggest anyone try in person if possible. The aftermarket radio worked when we purchased the car, but picks up interference from the ignition wires so it was disconnected. This Corvette has not been smoked in; there are no burn marks or aroma of cigarettes whatsoever. The original owner's manual and plastic pouch are included with the car.

The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This car seems to be in good overall mechanical condition. We are not aware of any major work needed and everything on the car works. The car starts right away every time, runs well, and idles okay. The car feels good on the road and at highway speeds. There is no smoke when starting or driving the car. The transmission shifts well, does not pop out of gear, and the clutch feels good. The car was recently serviced with new calipers so the brakes do not pull to one side or the other, but keep in mind they are manual brakes so they take more pedal pressure than a modern vehicle. This Corvette has plenty of power and is quite fast with the L79 engine option. Also, the engine compartment is beautifully clean and detailed as one can see in the photos. The horn works as do all the exterior lights, all gauges (with the obvious exception of the clock), wipers, and blower for the heater on all speeds. Some of the fiber optics work. The vacuum system for the headlights and wipers works as one can see in the video, one of the override pulls does not work. Please keep in mind that this car was not equipped with power steering and it does take some force to turn the wheel when stationary. The car seems fundamentally sound, but would probably benefit from some general maintenance and adjustments; may be running a little rich as one can observe some smoke in the video when revving the car. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the 4-speed, extra power from the L79, and the T-tops out on a beautiful day.

There some very beneficial and extensive service records that accompany the car. Some of the notable receipts include one from when the car had 91,541 for a transmission rebuilt.  There are records for all new calipers and brakes, suspension overhaul, complete new exhaust, and clutch kit. There is one receipts for suspension and brake work that totals over $4,300. Just quickly going through all the records, they add up to over $15,300 in work completed on the car in the past 15 years.

A note on the fiber optic light monitoring system. We consistently receive many questions about the purpose of this system; exactly what it is and what it does. The sole and main idea behind the fiber optic light monitoring system is to simply confirm that all of the exterior lights, headlights, indicators, tail lights, etc., are working and to make the driver aware of a a burned out bulb. Each lamp on the outside of the car has an actual fiber optic cable the runs to an indicator on the center console. There are nine small indicators on the console and each has its own finer optic cable. When the bulb goes on the light travels through the fiber optic cable and illuminates the corresponding indicator on the console. If someone does not remember to plug the cable end into the lamp housing, does any work to the center console, or if there is a break in a connection or anywhere along the cable, that indicator no longer works. As one can image, over time this is very common.


Overall Condition

 

Overall, this 1968 Corvette is in nice driver condition. This is truly a premium example with the L79 engine option and the extensive originally. Many enthusiasts prefer the L79 over the big block because of the weight savings and vastly improved handling. Numbers matching is extremely important in Corvette pricing and as one can see, this car is very correct. There are photos below of the VIN stamps on the engine block and transmission. In my opinion and based on our experience the "Chrome Bumper" cars from 1968-1972 are the most collectible and hottest in the entire Corvette market right now. The value of these cars has gone up exponentially in recent years. They are all solid investments for a collector.

 

The originality, very low miles, and the great extent to which the numbers match make this car especially important and difficult to duplicate. This Corvette always gets a ton of attention driving down the road. It is very apparent that the vehicle has been well taken care of by its previous owners. The prices of C3 Corvettes have increased drastically over the past years. They are secure and wise investments for a collector. One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

 

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle video

 


For a ten minute video of the car starting, running, a walk around, and function check please visit:
http://youtu.be/uIQOuj_R6Jo .
 

vehicle pictures

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