One of they best designed Corvette is the 1968
We love this car for many reason but the look is bad ass.
Here are some mundane facts about the car:
The corvette car is a sports car made by Chevrolet and has been produced through 7 generations. The first model was a convertible. This was designed by Harley Earl. The corvette was originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri. It is currently made in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The corvette is the most dangerous car on the globe. It has claimed more lives than any other car in history. The drivers of these cars can be held responsible for this record. The cars were specifically made for speed and not leisure trips.
The 1968 Corvette paved way for the third generation of Corvettes and it lasted for 15 years. These models were nicknamed the Mako Shark and had different appearance from other Corvettes. They had refinements such as hidden wipers, no vent windows, T-Tops and removable rear winders found on the coupes.
The 1968 model of corvette received lots of criticisms. Critics were surprised by the bigger exterior while the interior shrinks. Thus, the interior was highly criticized. In order to give room for a lower roofline, the seats were arranged at an angle 330. This is against an angle 250 in the previous generation. Other things to note is that support and padding was absent. The same goes for the comfort. Also, the passenger area was intruded by the door panels.
The 1968 corvette cars were also associated with quality control problem. One of such problems was engine cooling. Most of the quality issues were corrected in the subsequent models. However, these shortcomings still plague the 1968 models thereby affecting their value.
Just like the C2 Corvette, the 1968 corvette cars have hidden headlights. However, the new design popped up instead of rotating. The 1968 model would become a classic. The 1968 corvette cars were vacuum operated unlike the C2 Corvettes which used an electric motor. The battery was also located behind the driver. This improved the distribution of weight and released some under hood space. Also, it featured a “Coke Bottle” shape. This shape ensured an improved aerodynamics when compared to the previous design- C2 Corvette. The major problem racers complained about in the C2 Corvette was the high speed front end lift. This was fixed in the 1968 Corvette cars.
The door release of the 1968 models were thumb-operated. It was the easiest means through which the models were identified. The 1968 Corvette was a 2-door rocket sled.
It had been the tradition of the Corvette to be an open car since its first release in 1953. As stated earlier, the 1968 coupe had a T-Top arrangement. The removable roof panels gave room for security, weather sealing and open motoring experience which were also offered by a fixed roof.
65% of the 1968 Corvette cars sold were convertibles (9936 coupes having removable roof panels and rear windows and 18360 convertibles were sold). This is different from the 1969 and 1970 models which were 43% and 38% respectively. This was simply because the first 10,000 of the 1968 Corvettes produced were all convertibles.