1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Coupe Car for sale in Naples, Florida 34103
With all the hoopla surrounding the new Camaro 1LE, let's look back at the original.
The story of the ZL1 Camaro, fitted with that rarest of the rare, all-aluminum 427 big-block V-8, is one that has often been told: How only 69 were made, how they exploited the GM option-ordering system, and how they've become the Camaro guy's ultimate Camaro.
Classic Car Overview
Although General Motors may well have produced the first “muscle car” with its (corporate designated “A” body) Pontiac GTO in 1964, it was simultaneously blindsided by Ford Motor Co. with the debut of its Mustang that same year! Thus, the “Pony Car” was also born and at that point GM was at a loss in addressing what was an immediate market stroke of genius thanks to Lee Iacocca and the troops at FoMoCo! Thus, after considerable scrambling and several fistfights with sister Pontiac Division, GM's flagship Chevrolet Division launched its (corporate designated “F” body) 1967 Camaro in the fall of 1966! It gave GM a well received “Pony Car” entry, to the point that certain race-minded Chevy Dealers immediately began modifying new Camaros for “street and strip” performance!
Nicknamed “The Hugger” for following model-run year 1968 allowed GM further expansion for its first generation Chevrolet Camaro. It was an enhanced continuation of first-year 1967 model wearing some notable changes such as one-piece curved side windows and additional front and rear side marker lamps AND most importantly, additional higher horsepower V-8 engine choices for the “street and strip crowd” that were visiting Chevrolet dealerships daily!
What you see here is a very meticulously maintained and sparingly driven rare '68 Super Sport/Rally Sport equipped Camaro in sporty Matador Red with black SS striping with rare red deluxe interior and black vinyl top. It is powered by the Mark IV 396 cubic inch 375 horsepower/415 ft. lbs. torque V-8 plus the additional options shown below:
Rally Sport equipment (includes blacked out front grille and headlamp doors)
Bright roof drip, wheel opening, lower body side and belt reveal moldings
Factory AM/FM radio
Custom sport steering wheel
Factory vinyl top
Left hand and right hand side view mirrors
Soft-ray glass - all windows
Bias-ply E70-14 red stripe tires with standard hubcaps
floor center console (including dark plastic shift linkage boot cover - slides with shift lever when changing gears)
Period correct "hang on dash knee knocker" Oil Pressure and Water temperature guages
4 speed close-ratio manual transmission
L89 aluminum cylinder heads
Positraction rear axle - 4:10 ratio
"Body by Fisher" cowl tag facts (i.e., as shown on photo)*:
Year: 1968 as shown in “68” numeral designation
GM production plant: Norwood, Ohio as shown in “NOR” designation
Body Style: “12437” designating a “Camaro Sport Coupe with V-8 engine”
Color: “R” for Matador Red, “2” for Black vinyl top
Interior: “725” for Red Custom interior
Additional facts and documentation*:
Correct date coded 3935440 casting number engine block
Numbers matching Muncie M21 close-ratio 4 speed manual transmission
Numbers matching 12 bolt 4:10 ratio positraction rear axle
Winters Foundry “Snowflake” stamped intake manifold and aluminum heads
One of 4,575 1968 Camaros built with the L78 396 V-8 rated at 375 horsepower
Camaro Hi-Performance Report certifying this car as an originally equipped L78 375 horsepower V-8 with M21 4 speed transmission and factory 12 bolt axle.
Original Owners Manual
Original showroom brochure
Several original Owner photos of this car plus dated insurance card and maintenance receipt
*Reference source: "The Definitive 1967-1968 Camaro Z-28 Fact Book" by Jerry MacNeish (ISBN 0-9626399-07)
Classic Car ID101084701
CategoryMuscle & Pony Cars
Transmission4 Speed Manual
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