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Corvette C3 1968

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 28,566/9,936/18,630
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $4663/$4320
Factory: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 327 c.i. or V8 427 c.i.
Horsepower: 300/350/390/435/560
Note: A new body on the framework of the mid-year Stingray (1963-1967)
Note: Hideaway headlights and hidden windshield wipers
Note: The new '68 was a toned down version of the 1965 Mako Shark ll show car
Note: First year of Zora Arkus-Duntov as Chief Engineer

 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1969

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 38,762/22,129/16,633
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $4781/$4438
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 427 c.i.
Horsepower: 300/350/390/430/435/560
Note: First year of the Stingray badge
Note: First year of the 350 cubic inch engine
Note: First year coupe production is higher than convertible
Note: L88 cars stated horsepower of 430 but in reality about 560
Note: Last year of the 427 cubic inch big block engine

 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1970

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 17,316/10,648/6,648
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $5192/$4849
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 300/350/370/390/465
Note: First year of the 454 cubic inch big block engine
Note: First year of the ZR1 option

 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1971

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 21,801/14,680/7121
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $5496/$5259
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 270/330/365/425
Note: First ever drop in base horsepower

 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1972

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 27,004/20,496/6508
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $5533/$5296
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 200/255/270
Note: Change to net horsepower measurement drops engine power numbers on paper

 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1973

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 30,464/25,521/4943
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $5561/$5398
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 190/250/275
Note: First year of body-colored front bumper
 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1974

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 37,502/32,028/5474
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $6001/$5765
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 454 c.i.
Horsepower: 195/250/270
Note: First year of body-colored rear bumper
Note: Last year of the big block

 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1975

Production (Total/Coupes/Convertibles): 38,465/33,386/4629
Base price (Coupe/Convertible): $6797/$6550
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 165/205
Note: Zora Arkus-Duntov leaves GM
Note: Last year of the C3 convertible
Note: First year of catalytic converter
Note: First year of HEI solid-state ignition
Note: Lowest stated base horsepower of any V8 Corvette in history

 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1976

Production: 46,558
Base price: $7604
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 180/210
Note: Last year of Stingray name badge

 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1977

Production: 49,213
Base price: $8647
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 180/210
Note: Total production surpasses 500,000 Corvettes in this year

 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1978

Production: 46,776
Base price: $9351
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 175/185/220
Note: 25th anniversary year, special anniversary edition available
Note: First year for fastback body style
Note: First year for the Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car
Note: Special pace car limited edition available at $13,653

 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1979

Production: 53,807
Base price: $10,220
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 195/225
Note: Highest production year ever
 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1980

Production: 40,614
Base price: $13,140
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri
Engine: V8 350 c.i. or V8 305 c.i.
Horsepower: 180/190/230
Note: Year of the 305 cubic inch engine for California emissions standards
Note: TIME magazine rated this edition one of the 50 worst cars of all time
 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1981

Production: 40,606
Base price: $16,258
Built in: St. Louis, Missouri and Bowling Green, Kentucky
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 190
Note: Opening of Bowling Green factory
Note: Closure of St. Louis factory
Note: Last year for a manual transmission C3
Note: First year for composite rear spring
 
 

Corvette C3 Stingray 1982

Production: 25,407
Base price: $18,290
Built in: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Engine: V8 350 c.i.
Horsepower: 200
Note: First year for Cross-Fire fuel injection
Note: Last year for the C2/C3 frame
Note: Last year for the C3 body
Note: C3 is the longest production run and the most Corvettes produced of any generation
Note: Collector's edition with hatchback available at $22,537
 
 

 
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