1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Sport Coupe / 194378S419258 Chassis Information

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 photograph

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C31968 Chevrolet Corvette C3
Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 194378S419258
High bid of $420,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona. (did not sell)
There were just 80 Corvettes with the L88 produced in 1968. The new 427-cubic inch L88 V-8 was an outgrowth of the 'big block' Mark IV engine program first introduced in the form of a 396-cubic inch V-8 in 1965. GM had declared that no car line smaller than its full-size lineup should carry an engine larger than 400 cubic inches, including the Corvette. The 396 V8 was just under that limit, so it replaced the fuel-injected 327 in the Corvette as the top offering. It was dubbed the L78 and offered 425 horsepower. Some 2,157 interested buyers paid the additional $292.70 for the powerplant.

When Carroll Shelby began installing Ford's 427 cubic-inch V8 in the Cobra, Chevrolet engineers responded. Chevrolet's answer was their own 427 V-8 for 1966. It was basically a 396 with a larger 4.25 bore, an 11:1 compression ratio, and an advertised 425 horsepower.

For 1967, Chevrolet introduced the L71, a 427 cubic-inch unit with a trio of progressively linked two-barrel carburetors producing 435 horsepower. Some 3,754 buyers paid $437.10 for the option. Engineers still wanted more and offered the L89, this time with aluminum heads for the L71. Only 16 buyers chose the L89 at an additional cost of $368.65 over the L71.

Next came the RPO L88, which was once again based on the 427, but with a 12.5:1 compression ratio and a single Holley four-barrel carburetor. The engine rode on 103 high-octane fuel. Some sources stated the engine offered 560 horsepower. The cost for the new engine was expensive, selling for $947.94. The engine required mandatory options, and the radio and heater were deleted in order 'to cut down on weight and discourage the car's use on the street,' according to a press release at the time. In total, just 20 buyers purchased the engine.

The L88 returned for 1968 and 80 examples were sold. Zero-to-sixty mph took just 4.2 seconds and barely 8.0 seconds to 100 mph. The L88 returned for a final time in 1969, where 116 buyers opted for this mechanical marvel.

This example was ordered through Paulos Auto Company, a Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealer in Magna, Utah on November 15, 1967. The first owner was Carl Schettler, of Salt Lake City. It was a college graduation gift from his father. Schettler specified a Rally Red exterior and black interior, along with the L88 engine. Accompanying the car was the M22 'rock crusher' four-speed manual transmission, the J50/56 heavy-duty power four-wheel disc brakes, a G81 4:11 posi-traction rear, the F41 special purpose suspension, an N11 off-road exhaust, and a transistorized ignition. The final cost for this Corvette was $5,589.

Schettler's college friend, Dr. William Hagabush, purchased the car from him in 1971. Schettler got the car back from Hagabush sometime between 1973 and 1974. A year later, it was purchased by Rick Reynolds, of Juneau, Alaska. Ownership later passed through two more Alaskan owners until it passed to Bob Fattore in 1987, who sold the car to Mike Vietro. The current owners acquired the car in 2008.

The car participated in the 1988 Bloomington Special Collection, where it was judged 99.0 points out of 100, as well as the 2010 Bloomington L88 Invasion. NCRS documentation from October 23, 2012 verifies the authenticity of the tank sticker. It is both Bloomington Gold certified and the recipient of an NCRS Top Flight Award from the 1988 Western Regionals in August 1988.

The car is one of just 216 L88 Corvettes produced from 1967 through 1969 and one of the few L88s to retain its original engine. It is finished in red exterior with black interior and was restored to original condition in 1987. It is one of only four built in 1988, painted Rally Red.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bidding reached $420,000 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013


2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$450,000-$550,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$420,000

2020 7
2019 49
2018 46
2017 48
2016 42
2015 44
2014 51
2013 50
2012 56
2011 49

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1968 sales)
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $16,000
  2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest
 
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Chassis#: 194378S414991
Sold for $16,500
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/390
Chassis#: 194378S411504
Sold for $30,800
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/400 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194678S402450
Sold for $44,000
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod
Sold for $88,000
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $63,800
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $77,000
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $30,500
  2019 GAA : November 2019
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $38,500
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $33,000
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
Sold for $22,500
  2019 Fall Carlisle Auction
 
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/390 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194678S414007
Sold for $56,100
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/390 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 194678S405212
Sold for $55,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $29,150
  2019 Mecum : Louisville
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $38,500
  2019 Mecum : Louisville
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $14,300
  2019 Mecum : Dallas
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $42,900
  2019 Mecum : Dallas
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Sold for $26,400
  2019 Mecum : Dallas
 
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Sold for $27,500
  2019 Mecum : Dallas
 
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/435 ROADSTER
Chassis#: 194678S424748
Sold for $71,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1968 Chevrolet Corvette 2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest   
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$33,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$350,000$450,000$550,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$26,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kansas City$15,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2019 GAA : November 2019$21,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-71 2019 Fall Carlisle Auction   
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin Motion 2019 Mecum : Dallas$75,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray L88 Convertible 2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2019 GAA : July 2019$20,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$24,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$70,000$75,000$90,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$35,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$70,000$100,000$130,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$40,000$50,000$75,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Houston$30,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Houston$34,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$26,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$25,000  
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2019 Leake OKC 2019$27,000  
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 2019 Leake OKC 2019$32,500  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette 2019 Carlisle Auction : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$37,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$26,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$26,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$28,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$31,000  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$85,000$120,000$150,000
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$65,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31972 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 1Z67W2S507664
Engine Num: T1II2CSS 12S507664
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 026-037
Chassis information for the Chevrolet Corvette C31973 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1Z37J3S410290
Engine Num: 13S410208 V1207CKZ


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