With the longest production run of any Corvette era, the C3 generation (1968-82) was full of milestones. Third-gen Corvette Stingrays (now one word) brought us the LT-1, ZR-1, ZL-1, and L-82, plus special Pace Car and Silver Anniversary editions. The C3 Corvette was also one of the first mass-produced sports cars to feature T-tops, which perhaps hastened the departure of the convertible top after 1975. C3 Stingrays continued to carry the American performance car mantle, despite changing emissions requirements. You could get a 427 up to 1970, after which the 454 became the sole big block option until it disappeared after 1974. Outside, the Corvette adapted to changing vehicle safety regulations, ditching its front chrome bumper in 1973, and the rear in ’74. With such an important part of Corvette history, make sure your C3 Vette stays strong with these restoration and aftermarket parts.