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Corvette 1968-1982 Collector’s Originality Guide

I have went out in search of many old cars and not just a few of them were Corvettes. I would pay a great deal to have a reference guide this thorough on all of those cars. I have owned several 68-82 Shark Vettes without the benefit of this book and it sure would have made life easier if I did. This is a must have if you own or want a C-3 Corvette from the 68 too 82 model years. These can be wonderful cars and very rewarding for a price that is extremely affordable.

You can pick up this book published by Motorbooks online or at most bookstores. The author is Tom Falconer with photos by James Mann. The suggested retail price is $24.99 US and can usually be found for much less. This small investment and some time on the couch reading it from cover to cover could save you thousands of dollars on your purchase or restoration!

The detail of information in this book far exceeds any other “Originality Guide” I have read on other car brands or by other authors. Corvettes have been coveted by collectors for many years and way before most muscle cars became popular for restoration. As a result of this passion for the fiberglass sports car the amount of data and documentation collected over the years is lengthy.

The reader can find many bits of information throughout the book that could be invaluable to you in your restoration or in your inspection of that next two seater for your garage. Information on data codes, specifications, colors, options and costs, production numbers, engine details and more are provided.

This guide details the correct parts, finishes, options, and trim pieces for all fourth-generation Corvette models. Author Falconer examines every detail of each model as it appeared off the factory line, explaining in detail how to interpret factory identification plates, broadcast sheets, and other signature markings, and how to tell which parts are correct and which are not.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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