1968 Corvette Specifications

The 1968 Corvette marked the introduction of the "Shark," a longer, meaner boulevard cruiser. Though the handling was rough and Corvette still had some kinks to work out, the car was powerful and exhilarating to drive. Here are the specifications for the 1968 Corvette Shark:

1968 Corvette engines were a rerun of '67, including big-block 427s offering 390, 400, and 435 bhp.
1968 Corvette engines were a rerun of '67, including big-block
427s offering 390, 400, and 435 bhp.

Vehicle Specifications
Convertible
Coupe
Wheelbase, inches
98.0
98.0
Length, inches
182.1
182.1
Width, inches
69.2
69.2
Track, inches
front: 58.3 rear: 59.0
front: 58.3 rear: 59.0
Height, inches
47.8
47.8
Curb weight, pounds
3,425
3,260

Mechanical Specifications (2-door convertible/coupe)

Suspension
front: Independent; upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers,
antiroll bar
rear: Independent, lateral leaf springs, struts, U-joint halfshafts, trailing arms, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers

Wheels/Tires
7x15

Brakes
front: 11.75-inch disc
rear: 11.75-inch disc

Transmission
3-speed manual (std)
4-speed manual (opt)
3-speed Hydra-Matic (opt)

Standard axle ratio
3.70:1

Engine Specifications

Typeohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch
5.35/327
5.35/327
7.0/427
7.0/427
7.0/427
7.0/427
Bore × stroke, inches
4.00 x 3.25 4.00 x 3.25 4.25 x 3.76 4.25 x 3.76 4.25 x 3.76 4.25 x 3.76
Fuel Management
1 x 4-bbl.
1 x 4-bbl. 1 x 4-bbl. 3 x 2-bbl.3 x 2-bbl. 1 x 4-bbl.
Horsepower @ rpm
300 @ 5,000 350 @ 5,800 390 @ 5,400 400 @ 5,400 435 @ 5,800 430 @ 5,200
Torque @ rpm, pound-foot
360 @ 3,400 360 @ 3,600 460 @ 3,600 460 @ 3,600 460 @ 4,000 450 @ 4,400

Published Performance Numbers

Acceleration
300 hp, 4-sp man.
0-60 mph, sec
6.5
0-100 mph, sec
NA
1/4-mile, sec @ mph
13.41 @ 109.5

Vehicle Production and Base Prices

Car Type
Production
Price
2-door convertible
18,630
$4,320.00
2-door coupe
9,9364,663.00

Options and Production

Option
Production
Price
Leather Seats
2,429
$79.00
Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all
17,635
15.80
Soft Ray Tinted Glass, windshield
5,509
10.55
Power Windows 7,065
57.95
Headrests
3,197
42.15
Custom Shoulder Belts (std w/coupe)
350

26.35

Auxiliary Hardtop
8,735
231.75
Vinyl Covering
3,050
52.70
Rear Window Defroster
693
31.60
Air Conditioning
5,664
412.90
Special Front and Rear Suspension
1,758
36.90
Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios
27,008
46.35
Power Brakes
9,559
42.15
Special Heavy Duty Brakes
81
384.45
Transistor Ignition System
5,457
73.75
390 hp Engine
7,717
200.15
400 hp Engine
1,932
305.50
435 hp Engine
2,898
437.10
350 hp Engine
9,440
105.35
430 hp Engine
80
947.90
Aluminum Cylinder Heads for L71
624
805.75
4-speed Manual Transmission 10,760
184.35
4-speed Manual Transmission, close ratio
12,337
184.35
4-speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty
80
263.30
Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
5,063
226.45
Off Road Exhaust System
4,695
36.90
Telescopic Steering Column
6,477
42.15
Power Steering
12,364
94.80
Bright Metal Wheel Cover
8,971
57.95
Red Stripe Tires, F70 x 15 nylon
11,686
31.30
White Stripe Tires, F70 x 15 nylon
9,692
31.30
Alarm System
388
26.35
Speed Warning Indicator
3,453
10.55
AM/FM Radio24,609
172.75
AM/FM Radio, stereo
3,311
278.10

Color Choices and Production

Color Choice
Production Color Choice
Production
Tuxedo Black708
Polar White1,868
Rally Red2,918
LeMans Blue
4,722
International Blue
2,473
British Green
4,779
Safari Yellow
3,133
Silverstone Silver
3,435
Cordovan Maroon
1,155
Corvette Bronze
3,374

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