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         A Little History of the C3 Corvette

 

The third generation was patterned after Chevrolet's "Mako Shark II" show car, started in 1968 and ended in 1982. This generation has the distinction of being introduced to the motoring public in an unorthodox—and unintended—fashion. 1968 marked the introduction of Mattel's now-famous Hot Wheels line of 1/64-scale die cast toy cars. General Motors had tried their best to keep the appearance of the upcoming car a secret, but the release of the Hot Wheels line several weeks before the Corvette's unveiling had a certain version of particular interest to Corvette fans: the "Custom Corvette", a GM-authorized model of the 1968 Corvette. The 1968 Corvette was called a Sting Ray in Chevrolet ads. Stingray emblems were added on 1969 models. In 1969, the 350 cu in (5.7 L) engine became available in the Corvette and was the only year that an all-aluminum 427 cu in (7 L) big block titled the ZL-1 was available. It was reported to produce around 550 horsepower and was a race option. In 1970 the 427 big block was enlarged to 454 cu in (7.4 L). Small block power peaked in the 1970 models, with the 1970 LT-1 putting out 370 hp (276 kW) with the '71 and '72 rated at 330 gross HP. The 1971 454 big block had its last year of big power with the 425 hp (317 kW) LS6 engine. An even more powerful LS7 454 CID engine rated at 465 hp (347 kW) was planned and even included in early GM assembly manuals, but was never installed in any production cars. In 1972, GM moved to the SAE Net measurement for power (away from the previous SAE Gross standard), which resulted in lower values expressed in HP. Along with lowered compression ratios from 1971 in anticipation of unleaded fuel, emission controls, and catalytic converters in 1975, power continued to decline and bottomed out in 1975 — the base ZQ3 engine put out 165 hp (123 kW), and the optional L82 engine put out 205 hp (153 kW). Power in 1982 with the 200 hp (149 kW) L83 engine.

Styling changed subtly over the generation. Early model years came standard with an innovative Fiber-Optic light monitoring system. Strands of fiber optic wire went from the center console to the headlights (low and high beam), turn signals, tail lights and license plate light for a total of 9 monitored lights. Due to cost savings, it was discontinued after the 1971 model year. Minor trim changes occurred through the 1972 model. In 1973, due to government regulations, the Corvette changed the chrome front bumper to a urethane-compound 5-mile-per-hour (8 km/h) bumper but kept the rear chrome bumpers. In 1974, the rear chrome bumpers became urethane as well, resulting in the first ever chrome-less production Corvette. 1975 saw the last year for the convertible, which did not return until 1986. In 1977, Dave McLellan succeeded Zora Duntov as the Corvette's Chief Engineer. Since 63, for 15 years (63-77) Corvette & Sting Ray were synonymous.

1978 was the 25th anniversay of the Corvette- not Sting Ray. Many changes.They were already working on the C4 & McLellan had said the styling would be reeled in. 84 induction & 700R4 were in production in 81. So the focus was on the C4. CORVETTE says it all anyway. Many consider all C3 68-82 to be Stingrays.

1978 saw a 25th "Silver Anniversary" edition, the first Corvette Indy Pace Car, the introduction of a "fast back" glass rear window & new interior. The highest production number 1979 until the C-5. In 1980, the Corvette got an integrated aerodynamic redesign that resulted in a significant reduction in drag. In 1982, an opening rear hatch was offered for the first time on the Corvette available on the Collectors Edition model only. A new engine featuring cross fire injection, a fuel injection carburetor hybrid, was also introduced that year as the L83. It was the only engine available in 1982, and was not offered with a manual transmission.

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Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Bushing Rubber. 2 per Kit. 1 1/8" = 1.125" diameter sway bar.
Price: $26.64
 Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Bushing Rubber. 2 per Kit.  1 1/8" = 1.125" diameter sway bar.
Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Bushing Rubber. 2 per Kit. 1 1/8" = 1.125" diameter sway bar.
Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Bushing Rubber. 2 per Kit. 7/8" = .875" diameter shaft
Price: $26.64
 Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Bushing Rubber. 2 per Kit.  7/8" = .875" diameter shaft
Corvette 1968-82 Front Sway Bar Bushing Rubber. 2 per Kit. 7/8" = .875" diameter shaft.
1953- early1966 Corvette Front Crossover Brake Line Clip
MSRP: $3.79
Price: $3.47
Savings: 8 %
1953- early1966 Corvette Front Crossover Brake Line Clip
1963-1982 Corvette Power Steering Cylinder Boot
Price: $3.32
1963-1982 Corvette Power Steering Cylinder Boot
Power Steering Cylinder Boot for all 1963-1982 Corvettes (C2-C3)
1963-1982 Corvette Power Steering Cylinder Shaft Kit
Price: $14.66
1963-1982 Corvette Power Steering Cylinder Shaft Kit
Complete Power Steering Cylinder Shaft Kit for all 1963-1982 Corvettes.
1963-1982 Corvette Steering Cylinder Support Grommet Kit
Price: $9.07
1963-1982 Corvette Steering Cylinder Support Grommet Kit
1963-1982 Corvette Steering Cylinder Support Grommet Kit
1963-68 Corvette Timken Front Wheel Bearing Kit w/Grease Seal
Price: $42.60
1963-68 Corvette Timken Front Wheel Bearing Kit w/Grease Seal
Timken Front Wheel Bearing Kit for 1963-68 Corvette
1963-74 Corvette Rear Strut Rod (O.E. Correct)
Price: $61.72
1963-74 Corvette Rear Strut Rod (O.E. Correct)
O.E. Correct 1963-74 Corvette Rear Strut Rod. (sold individually)
1963-74 Corvette Rear Strut Rod Bushing Cap (Inner Washer)
Price: 2.77 each
1963-74 Corvette Rear Strut Rod Bushing Cap (Inner Washer)
Correct Diameter Inner Lip Bushing Cap/Washer. Sold Individually, 4 Required per Vehicle
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