• 1968. The totally restyled Corvette features an industry first for production cars – “T-top” removable roof panels. Lines of the new Corvette closely resemble those of the Mako Shark II show car. Headlamps are now of the “pop-up” design, backlit.
  • 1969. The 250,000th Corvette – a gold Convertible – comes off the St. Louis production line on November 19. “Stingray” script is added above the fender louvers.
  • 1969. The ZR-1 optional factory-installed racing package is offered on Corvette for the first time.
  • 1970. The new LT1 Small Block V8 engine option with solid lifters is introduced and rated at 370 HP.
  • 1971. One of the least-changed models in appearance, Chevrolet essentially handled 1971 production as an extension of 1970.
  • 1972. The last to feature both front and rear chrome bumpers, a bright egg-crate grill, side-fender grills.
  • 1973. 4,000 serial numbers were never built, so the serial number ends with 34,464 but production totaled 30,464.
  • 1977. The 500,000th Corvette – a white coupe with red interior – is produced in St. Louis on March 15.
  • 1978. The fastback body style marks Corvette’s 25th year of production. The traditional crossed-flag emblem is replaced with a special anniversary emblem. The special edition of the Corvette is the Indy 500 Pace Car replica – silver and black.
  • 1981. Mid-year, production shifted from St. Louis, MO to Bowling Green, KY. This was the first time a model was built in two locations simultaneously.
  • 1982. The first Corvette model year to feature the convenience of hatchback design (introduced with the Collector’s Edition model). Four-speed automatic transmissions with overdrive is standard, with no manual transmission offered until well into the 1984 model.

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