Five years after the Sting Ray's arrival, a total restyle ushered in the Corvette's 'Stingray' era, though the latter name was not officially applied to the new model until 1969. Based on GM's 1965 Mako Shark II show car, the new-for-'68 Corvette coupé became a 'notchback' with removable rear window and detachable, two-piece 'T-top' (Targa) roof, while the roadster, or convertible, version could be ordered with optional hardtop. The previous generation's recessed pop-up headlights were retained while the windshield wipers were now concealed beneath a vacuum-operated panel, the latter feature being inherited from the Mako Shark II. Beneath the skin the chassis remained fundamentally unchanged, and as is often the case after a major revamp, changes in the immediately succeeding years were confined mainly to styling revisions. By this time Federal emissions legislation was beginning to have an impact on power outputs, resulting in the optional 454ci (7.4-litre) LS5 V8 engine producing 365bhp in 1971 but 'only' 270 horsepower the following year.
This Corvette Stingray convertible is fitted with a matching-numbers 454ci 'Big Block' V8 engine and is equipped of all the options including factory hardtop, air-conditioning, tinted glass and electric windows. This car had covered approximately 45,000 kilometres from new when it was treated to a no-expense-spared, body-off total rebuild in 2005 - commissioned by a previous Belgian owner - at the famous UK-based marque experts, Claremont Corvette, Europe's foremost company specialising in the complete restoration of this model.
The current owner purchased the Corvette at Bonhams' Monaco sale in April 2010 (Lot 123). Acquired for holiday use, it has covered approximately 1,500 trouble-free miles since then and is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition. One of the very best of its type currently available, the car is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.