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1968 Chevy Corvette Has Original Tri-Power, Needs TLC After 40 Years of Idling

Back when Chevrolet was introducing Corvette’s third generation, “America’s sports car” wasn’t limited to just one engine version, unlike what happens today with the Stingray (at least for the C8's first two model years). So, options were plentiful, and choices were basically timeless.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette barn find for sale on eBay by brijomicha 13 photos
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Surely enough, the most coveted engine version today for the C2 and C3 iterations is the L88. But let’s be frank, not everyone can take the drama of high-roller collectors bidding on such a prized ‘Vette. And, sometimes, people don’t even want something that’s been kept just so one day somebody can profit from its desirability.

Instead, one can opt for something else that’s just as 427ci-equipped as the L88 without the latter's (financial) implications. And, although many lovingly restored examples can be had with a thorough search across the vast expanses of the internet, at times, there’s nothing like a project car just waiting to be tamed and nurtured back to a meaningful automotive life.

Let's take eBay user brijomicha, for example, a seller that currently houses a Rally Red 1968 Corvette Coupe featuring the renowned 427ci “Tri-Power” and the Turbo 400 four-speed automatic transmission underneath the unrestored, original painted hood. Granted, it’s the L68, 400-horsepower option, not the higher 435-hp L71, but we can’t be picky, right?

It easily qualifies into the barn find category by the looks of the pictures in the gallery. As such, we advise pondering on its positive and negative aspects before placing a bid. For example, the description notes the car has been sitting idle in a garage for the past four decades with the motor oiled up, but it doesn’t exactly say when the greasing took place.

Additionally, the tranny is said to be able to shift, but nothing else is said about its overall state. More so, there’s an interior dash that’s “perfect,” but we really doubt the new owner won’t need to spend countless hours lovingly restoring the interior to bring it back to factory spec.

All in all, it’s still a very interesting auction, as evidenced by the 453 watchers and the 33 bids placed so far. With about a day and a half left on the clock, the highest quotation is already at $20k, so this probably won’t end very cheap, though it’s probably well worth it.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 
 
 
 
 

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