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3rd Gen (C3) Chevrolet Corvette Facts, Information & History

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1975 Chevrolet Corvette The third generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, known as the C3 Corvette, was produced from 1968 to 1982. It is one of the longest-running generations of the Corvette and underwent various design changes and improvements throughout its production.

The C3 Corvette, introduced in 1968, featured a sleek and muscular design with prominent fender flares and a distinctive "Coke bottle" shape. It was available in both coupe and convertible body styles, with removable T-top panels introduced in 1969.

During this generation, the Corvette continued to offer a range of powerful V8 engine options, catering to different performance preferences. The "Small Block" and "Big Block" V8 engines, including the legendary 427 cubic-inch V8, provided impressive horsepower and acceleration.

In 1970, the LT-1 engine option was introduced, offering high-performance with solid lifters and a high compression ratio.

In 1973, the Corvette underwent a major redesign, with a new front end featuring a urethane nose and a rear end with a chrome bumper.

In 1978, the Corvette got another major update, with fastback styling, wraparound rear window, and the option of the new fastback rear glass design, improving rear visibility.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Corvette faced challenges such as tightening emissions regulations and the oil crisis, resulting in lower horsepower outputs and a shift towards more comfort-oriented features.

The C3 Corvette was eventually phased out in 1982, making way for the fourth-generation model. Despite the challenges, the C3 Corvette remains a beloved classic among enthusiasts, appreciated for its striking design, powerful V8 engines, and its representation of American automotive style and performance during the 1970s.