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- Kentucky 42101 - United States
Corvette Third generation
The third generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, also known as the C3, was produced from 1968 to 1982. It was a significant departure from the previous generation Corvette in terms of both design and engineering, and marked the beginning of a new era for the iconic American sports car.
The C3 Corvette was designed by Larry Shinoda and was heavily influenced by the Mako Shark II concept car, which had been developed by GM in the mid-1960s. The car had a long, sweeping hood, a low, aggressive stance, and a range of new features, including pop-up headlights and a removable T-top roof.
The C3 Corvette also featured a range of new engines, including a 350 cubic inch V8 that produced up to 300 horsepower, and a 427 cubic inch V8 that produced up to 435 horsepower. The car was available with a range of options and packages, including the ZR1 performance package, which included a high-performance engine, special suspension and brakes, and a range of other performance enhancements.
Over the course of its production, the C3 Corvette underwent a number of changes and upgrades, including the addition of a new, more aerodynamic body design in 1973, and the introduction of new engines and transmissions throughout its production run. The car was also the subject of a number of special editions and limited-run models, including the Corvette Indy Pace Car and the Corvette Collector's Edition.
By the time production of the C3 Corvette ended in 1982, it had firmly established itself as one of the most iconic and recognizable sports cars in the world. Its combination of style, performance, and technological innovation had made it a true legend of American automotive design, and it remains a highly sought-after collectible car to this day.