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When developing the third-generation Corvette, the design became known as the Coke bottle design. It was so named because the car's profile resembled a glass Coca Cola bottle. What is not as commonly known about this design styling is that Pontiac nearly beat Chevrolet in developing a "Coke" bottle design when they introduced their 1965 Banshee, a car that would have been stiff competition for the Corvette.


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Buying a C3 Corvette? Read This First!

The third-generation Corvette has a sorted history full of highs-and-lows throughout its 15 year production run. Much of the evolution of this generation followed the economic and political climate of the United States in the late 1960’s and 70’s. While early model years (1968 – 1972) featured big engines producing massive horsepower, regulations would cause Chevrolet to reduce engine output ratings in later models (1973 – 1982). At the same time, these changes forced Chevrolet to improve upon their engineering standards.

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Directed by Paul Bartel and released in 1975, the original Death Race 2000 movie presents a dystopian future where contestants race cross-country, scoring points for hitting innocent pedestrians. Frankenstein (played by David Carradine), pilots the Shala Vette, a custom built alligator-themed vehicle. His toughest rival is Machine Gun Joe (played...
The L88 was a special option package developed under the direction of Zora Arkus-Duntov, director of GM’s performance division.  First introduced in 1967, the L88 Corvette featured a highly modified version of Chevy’s 427-cubic-inch V-8 engine.  Although this engine received a factory horsepower rating of 435, actual engine output was somewhere between 540 and 580 horsepower, giving the “stock” L88 enough...

C3 Corvette Production Summary

C3 production volume started strongly in 1968 with 28,566 cars built, with 18,630 convertibles and 9,936 coupes. Production volumes grew quickly in the second year with coupe volume overtaking convertibles with 22,129 units made while convertibles were 16,633.

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