Chevrolet Corvette [1968]
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Number made: 11,465 coupes (est.), 20,000 convertibles (est.)
What one will cost you: $10,000 (sport coupe), $120,000 (L88 model)
Horsepower: 300
Engine: 5.4 liter, overhead-valve V-8
Top speed: 132 mph (est.)
0-60 mph: 7.0 seconds (est.)

History: Whereas the Sting Ray line that began in '63 was new from the ground up, the '68 was merely a new body on an existing chassis. The third-generation, or C3, shape lasted until 1982, but it never looked as good as it did when it came out in '68.

Design: Corvette purists argue that the second-generation cars, built from 1963 to 1967, captured the spirit of American performance best. But it wasn't until the third-generation Corvette that the bodywork finally caught up with its symbolism. For the first time the car had a waistline, a narrowing down of its midsection for what came to be known as the Coke bottle shape. It also had ample pectorals, swooping, capelike buttresses, and gills behind the front wheels for brake cooling.