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1968 Corvette Wins American Collectors Insurance "My Cool Ride 2012!"

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Every week, American Collectors selects one policyholder’s vehicle submission as our “Cool Ride of the Week” from the countless entries. Then, at the start of the year, we have a people’s choice battle royale between the winners of the preceding 52 weeks.

As the polls closed on our “2012 Coolest Ride of the Year” contest, it looked like one car had built up an insurmountable lead from the start and this proved to be true. Indeed, the 1968 custom Corvette convertible owned by Alan and Veda Chambers of Newark, DE maintained its edge over the competition down the homestretch and is our big winner for 2012.

Even if you think you know C3 Corvettes, this car offers surprises at every turn. For example, the L88 hood may be original, but what lies beneath it is decidedly not — a GM 454 HO motor that’s been blue printed by ACA Performance to put down a dyno-verified 550 lb tq at the rear wheels.

The paint job might be the biggest clue that this is not your average C3. A stunning pearlescent “Storm Blue” (actually a Mazda color), the multi-stage paint was applied over the car’s body after a week’s worth of sanding.

You might also notice that the car lacks the signature “pop up” headlights that marked the C2 through C5 generation cars. While the car was configured this way when the Chambers acquired the car in 2002, Alan has upgraded the “through the grille” quad headlight set up to ultra-bright HID bulbs. A set of LED taillights in OEM-look housings completes the better-than-period-correct lighting package.

Soon after acquiring the car he joined the corvettec3.com forum to obtain more info on corvettes. Twelve years later he now owns the forum and is able to help other C3 owners all over the world.

Except for the engine and paintwork, Alan has done all the work on the car himself, including installation of a completely new wiring harness, air conditioning, all-new interior, modern suspension and a TKO-600 5sp transmission. It may seem hard to believe, but, this fiberglass sensation was his first Corvette ever; though he’s since added two more C3s: a modified 1973 that’s had a frame-off restoration and a rare ’77 that’s as close to original as they come.

Alan reports that the blue ’68 is the one he takes out most often, sometimes trailering it to a scenic destination and then exploring roads with his wife and other Corvette-owning friends. The Chambers have been American Collectors Insurance customers for as long as they have owned the car and insure all their Vettes with the company.

Congratulations Alan and Veda on your win! May you enjoy many happy miles together.