- Recipient of a ground-up restoration
- NCRS Top Flight award winner
- Numbers-matching 427/390 HP Turbo Fire V-8 engine
- Accompanied by a copy of the window sticker and a copy of its NCRS Certificate
Introduced in 1968, the new third-generation Corvette was inspired by the Larry Shinoda-designed Mako Shark II concept car that debuted at Paris in 1965. Two were built, with the first display-only and the second fully functional. Reportedly, the second Mako Shark II was so popular on the show circuit that even GM design head, Bill Mitchell, was unable to get it for personal use. Beneath its sleek new bodywork, the C3 Corvette retained the excellent C2 chassis and its many available powertrains. Race bred performance and handling remained outstanding, thanks to Zora Arkus-Duntov and his Corvette engineering team. Labor strife extended 1969-model production and assembly quality was particularly good.
Once available in Chevy showrooms, the new Corvette sold better than ever before with production of approximately 28,600 and 39,000 units for 1968 and 1969, respectively. The basic design continued with refinements through 1982 and adapted very well to the changing buyer demands and tightening regulatory environment of the late 1960s and the 1970s. Above all, the C3 Corvette continued its reign as America's quickest and fastest series-production sports car for most of its run.
For 1969, the best choice big-block Corvette engine was the 427 developing 390 rated horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. Despite such a massive output, the Gen 3 Corvette was easy to maintain with its single Rochester Quadrajet carburetor and hydraulic valve train. Priced at just $221 over the Corvette's base price, the 427 was a fantastic high-performance bargain. Today, original 427/390 Corvettes continue to offer outstanding performance with real-world drivability.
A striking example from 1969, this Corvette Roadster is robed in the eye-catching color of Daytona Yellow over a black interior. A recipient of an older comprehensive restoration that still presents very well today, it would garner an NCRS Top Flight award in the late '90s. Retaining its numbers matching 427-cubic-inch 390-horsepower Turbo Fire V-8 engine which is combined with a four-speed manual transmission and power four-wheel disc brakes, its desirability and drivability are greatly enhanced and is a joy to drive especially with the top down. Under the hood, one will find a well-detailed and clean engine bay that entails all the correct components, as well as a four-barrel carburetor, polished air cleaner, polished valve covers, and even a smog pump. Other notable features include turbine-style wheel covers, dual exhaust, bucket seats with headrests, a center console, and a Delco AM/FM radio.
Accompanying this desirable big-block, four-speed Roadster is a reproduction window sticker, a copy of its NCRS Certificate, a radio manual, and an owner's manual. Properly restored and ready for spirited open-air driving, this numbers-matching Daytona Yellow Corvette Roadster is ready to be thoroughly enjoyed or shown by its next enthusiastic owner.
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