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1968 Corvette Production and Performance Numbers


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Production and performance numbers for the 1968 Corvette:

Model Year Highlights

  • 1968 was the first year for the Corvette to come equipped with dual removable roof panels and a removal rear window.
  • Although much of the chassis and mechanical components carried over from the 1967, the 1968 body style was completely redesigned.
  • The automatic transmission used for the 1968 model year was now a 3-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic instead of the two-speed Powerglide used in previous model years.
  • Unique to the 1968 model year was a special door opening system that consisted of a separate release button and a spring-loaded finger plate.
  • This was the first year for a new cabin ventilation system called "Astro-Ventilation", windshield wipers that were hidden under a vacuum-actuated door panel at the base of the windshield, and a special fiber-optic light monitoring system.
  • The battery moved from the engine compartment to behind the seats in the interior in order to provide better overall weight distribution and increased space in the engine compartment.
  • Wheels for the 1968 model were 7-inches wide and unique to this model year.

Available Options
RPO Description Price Production   RPO Description Price Production
19437 Base Coupe $4,663 9,936   L71 427ci, 435hp @ 5,800 RPM | 460 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 RPM Engine $437.10 2,898
19467 Base Convertible $4,320 18,630   L79 327ci, 350hp Engine $105.35 9,440
NA Genuine Leather Seats $79 2,429   L88 427ci, 430hp Engine $947.90 80
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows $15.80 17,635   L89 L71 Engine with Aluminum Cylinder Heads (435 hp @ 5800 rpm, 460 lb-ft Torque @ 4000 rpm) $805.75 624
A02 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, Windshield $10.55 5,509   M20 4-speed Manual Transmission $184.35 10,760
A31 Power Windows $57.95 7,065   M21 4 Speed Manual, Close Ratio Transmission $184.35 12,337
A82 Headrests $42.15 3,197   M22 4 Speed Manual, Close Ratio, Heavy Duty Transmission $263.30 80
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts $26.35 350   M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission $226.45 5,063
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (Convert.) $231.75 8,735   N11 Offroad Exhaust System $36.90 4,695
C08 Vinyl Covering for Aux. Hardtop $52.70 3,050   N36 Telescopic Steering Column $42.15 6,447
C50 Rear Window Defroster 31.60 693   N40 Power Steering $94.80 12,364
C60 Air Conditioning $412.90 5,664   P01 Bright Metal Wheel Cover $57.95 8,971
F41 Special Front/Rear Suspension $36.90 1,758   PT6 Red Line Tires F70 x 15 $31.30 11,686
G81 Positraction Rear Axle (all ratios) $46.35 27,008   PT7 White Line Tires F70 x 15 $31.30 9,692
J50 Power Brakes $42.15 9,559   UA6 Alarm System $26.35 388
J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes $384.45 81   U15 Speed Warning Indicator $10.55 3,453
K66 Transistor Ignition System $73.75 5,457   U69 AM/FM Radio $172.75 24,609
L36 427ci, 390hp Engine $200.15 7,717   U79 AM/FM Radio Stereo $278.10 3,311
L68 427ci, 400hp Engine $305.50 1,932          
Production:  Coupes: 9,936  Convertibles:  18,630  Total:  28,566

Color Options
RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
900 Tuxedo Black NA NA NA B-DB-DO-GU-MB-R-TO B-BG-W 708
972 Polar White NA NA NA B-DB-DO-GU-MB-R-TO B-BG-W 1,868
974 Rally Red NA NA NA B-R B-BG-W 2,918
976 Lemans Blue NA NA NA B-DB-MB B-BG-W 4,722
978 International Blue NA NA NA B-DB-MB B-BG-W 2,473
983 British Green NA NA NA B B-BG-W 4,779
984 Safari Yellow NA NA NA B B-BG-W 3,133
986 Silverstone Silver NA NA NA B-DB-GU B-BG-W 3,435
988 Cordovan Maroon NA NA NA B B-BG-W 1,155
992 Corvette Bronze NA NA NA B-DO-TO B-BG-W 3,374

Interior Color Codes
RPO Color Ditzler # Dupont # Production
NA B/V NA NA NA
402 B/L NA NA NA
407 R/V NA NA NA
408 R/L NA NA NA
411 DB/V NA NA NA
414 MB/V NA NA NA
415 MB/L NA NA NA
425 DO/V NA NA NA
426 DO/L NA NA NA
435 TO/V NA NA NA
436 TO/L NA NA NA
442 GU/V NA NA NA
B=Black, BG=Beige, DB=Dark Blue, DO=Dark Orange, GU=Gunmetal, L=Leather, MB=Medium Blue, R=Red, TO=Tobacco, V=Vinyl, W=White

Performance Review

Source:  Car and Driver, May 1968
Engine:  Unknown
0-60 mph:  5.3 sec
Quarter Mile:  13.8 @ 106.8 mph

Source:  Road and Track, March 1969
Engine:  L89
0-60 mph:  6.1 sec
Quarter Mile:  14.3 @ 98 mph

Note:  Ten 1968 Corvettes were built using non-standard colors or primer.