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Lot 154: Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars, Barons (28 October 2013)

The Corvette C3 was patterned after the�Mako Shark II designed by�Larry Shinoda. Executed under Bill Mitchell's direction, the Mako II had been�first mooted�in early 1964. Once the mid-engined format was abandoned the Shinoda/Mitchell car was sent to Chevrolet Styling under David Holls, where Harry Haga's studio adopted it for production on the existing Stingray chassis. The resulting lower half of the car was much like the Mako II, except for the softer contours. The concept car's name was later changed to Manta Ray. The C3 also adopted the 'sugar scoop' roof treatment with vertical back window from the mid-engined concept models designed by the Duntov group. For 1968, both the Corvette body and interior were completely redesigned. As before, the car was available in either coup� or convertible models, but coup�s had new removable roof panels (Targa-tops) and a removable rear window. A soft folding top was included with convertibles, while an auxiliary hardtop with a glass rear window was offered at additional cost. Included with coup�s were hold-down straps and a pair of vinyl bags to store the roof panels, and above the luggage area was a rear window stowage tray. The enduring new body's concealed headlights moved into position via a vacuum operated system rather than electrically as on the previous generation, and the new hide-away windshield wipers utilized a problematic vacuum door. The door handles were flush with the top of the doors with a separate release button. 'Stingray' nameplates were absent on the new 1968 body, but Chevrolet still advertised the car as a Stingray. Front fenders had functional engine cooling vents. Side vent windows were eliminated from all models, replaced with 'Astro Ventilation', a fresh air circulation system. In the cabin, a large round speedometer and matching tachometer were positioned in front of the driver. Auxiliary gauges were clustered above the forward end of the console and included oil pressure, water temperature, ammeter, fuel gauge, and an analog clock. The battery was relocated from the engine area to one of three compartments behind the seats to improve weight distribution. The 1968 Convertible offered here was acquired by the vendor in 2007 as part of a private collection but has never been used. The car is equipped with the 327 small block V8, 4 speed manual transmission and has benefited from a full engine rebuild, restoration and a full repaint. Finished in Candy red with black interior the car comes complete with previous MoT certificates, invoices, early Register of Motor Vehicles Certificate, copy of USA Title from Massachusetts and Freight Forwarding invoice from USA to UK in 1989. A rare example of a chrome bumper, small block convertible with manual transmission from private collection.

Lot Details
Auction Classic - Collectors and Sports Cars
Barons, Esher Hall Sandown Park Exhibition Complex Surrey. UK
TypeCar
Lot Number154
Estimate£11000-£14000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£12600
Year1968
Condition rating2
Registration numberSKR 466G
Mileage-
Chassis number1946785412674
Engine numberCSB100229
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors