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Any C5 Owner Previously Own a Maroon '68 Convertible


Feb 24, 2004
St Paul, MN
1968 Cordavan Maroon Convertible
I need some help finding more history on my ’68 Corvette. It was built the week of Christmas 1967. The trim tag code is E26, date completed December 26, 1967. It is VIN 194678S407601. It’s a white top convertible and #7601 for 1968. (5683 through 7922 were built in December 1967.) The color is paint code 988, Cordovan Maroon, with trim code Std, black vinyl interior. The 427 390 hp engine has T0105 IL 18S410187 on the block pad. (Block Casting 3916321). This was not the original engine, but came from a Corvette built in January 1968 (0105=January 5th to be exact). I’d really like to know more about how this happened, and who was the owner then? The automatic transmission is stamped with 18S407601, a VIN matching number. It has the original (stamped 1AW) 3.08 H.D. positraction rear axle. Interestingly, the heads are #3964291 HiPerf GM6T L270 and E770, which are 1970 454 470 hp heads. Plus the intake manifold is # 3963569, also 1970 454 470 hp. It has a 750 Holley. What else was done to upgrade the engine, and who was the owner then? I bought it in September 1999 from James & Donna Hilburn in Shawnee, Kansas. The mileage was 27,382 (could be 127,382, but the original door panels, interior, etc. look in very good condition). He had purchased it in February 1999 from CnV Corvettes in Scottsdale, Arizona. There is no VIN on the Windshield Pillar Post. The state of Kansas put a new VIN tag on the driver’s side door jamb. Kansas (nor Arizona) DMV has been no help. They want 18 digit VINs. What happened to the original VIN tag? The whole underside of the car is relatively rust free and in very nice shape, so I don’t think the windshield frame had to be replaced because of rust. There has been some repair work to the left front, so there appears to have been some minor (?) damage at some point. What happened and how serious was the damage, and who was the owner then? Can anyone provide me with any details on the history of my Vette? Where was it purchased? Where did it spend its life? Is it possible that anyone might have any original paper work on my Vette? Did you or a friend of yours own my Vette? Any ideas on where else to search?

Thanks for any help you can provide!!
Ken Houston
St. Paul, Minnesota

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