No one was happy when the first generation of Corvette Stingrays were withdrawn in 1967; the car was extremely popular, and everyone loved it, but Chevrolet wanted a new look for their flagship sports car, and they got it. Despite Chevy’s claims that the new Corvette was “All New”, the fact remains that at least mechanically, the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was very close to its predecessors, down to the crude but efficient independent rear suspension first introduced in 1963. This may have been one of the reasons for the new car’s popularity, that it built on the solid foundations left by its forebears. Still built on a separate chassis with a fiberglass body, the new Corvette Stingray boasted all-around disc brakes, which were more than needed in this powerful car.
The Stingray cold be ordered with a relatively small, 5.7-liter V8, which at 300 horsepower was still plenty powerful. The fun started with a 7.5-liter big-block V8, developing 435 horsepower. With that under the hood, you could power to 60 in 5.7 seconds – now that’s fast – and achieve top speeds over 145 miles per hour.
Despite early doubts, everyone came to know and love the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and its successors. It was so popular, in fact, that it remained in production until 1984.