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1968-1982 Pictures

Born of the Sting Ray in 1968 and plagued by teething troubles, the shark-inspired third-generation Corvette faced hazards unknown to its predecessors. But it soldiered on through a remarkable 15 years of tightening federal regulations and frustrating gas shortages. Along the way, Corvette matured into a well-balanced speed machine. Here are some of the highlights of the C3.

The new 1968 Corvette topped its predecessor's chassis with a swoopy new body that stretched seven inches longer.
Delayed a year by development problems, the new 1968 Corvette topped its
predecessor's chassis with a swoopy new body that stretched seven inches longer.

An anti-theft system became standard on the 1972 Corvette due to the car's high
An anti-theft system became standard on the 1972 Corvette
due to the car's high "collectibility" among thieves.

Sales set another new record for the 1977 model-year Corvette at 49,213 -- amazing for a decade-old design.
Sales set another new record for the 1977 model-year Corvette at
49,213 -- amazing for a decade-old design.

Exterior appearance was little-changed for the 1981 Corvette, but mechanical improvements included a new fuel-saving lockup for the automatic transmission.
Exterior appearance was little-changed for the 1981 Corvette, but mechanical
improvements included a new fuel-saving lockup for the automatic transmission.

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1968 Corvette
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1981 Corvette
1982 Corvette

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