1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Car for sale by WeBe Autos in Calverton, New York 11933
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
Strong 396 Motor
4 Speed Manual Transmission
The builder obviously cared a great deal about making this car right from the start, and the engine compartment is highly detailed and surprisingly authentic. Dressed L78 SS 396, the engine even features authentic smog gear in functional condition. The radiator hoses are correct with the proper tower hose clamps, and there are decals and stampings throughout that suggest someone did their homework when putting this car together. Theres a Holley 4-barrel nestled under the open element air cleaner, which sports reproduction decals. Heck, they even included the big block torque strap attached to the drivers side exhaust manifold bolts, designed to keep this torque monster from moving around too much when you stand on it.
And while its dressed like an L78, this engine is far less temperamental and fussy, with a hydraulic camshaft in place of the original solid lifters. Since this car was designed to be driven, the owner wisely chose a stout big block but didnt stress it to the limits, so its friendly on the streets swilling pump gas. It fires up effortlessly, idles nicely, and pulls like a well-tuned big block should. It is not nearly as peaky as the original motor, and much friendlier in day- to-day operation. This is a car you could easily drive every single day if you wanted to, and it isnt going to foul plugs and need constant nursing on hot days. Just get in, turn the key and enjoy.
The engine is backed by a tough 4-speed manual topped by a Hurst shifter for positive action. Personally, I really like how these old 4-speeds feel and sound you just dont get that from a modern transmission and I think thats a shame. Run this car through the gears and you can hear the machinery doing its thing, which is what high performance is all about. Out back, we just got done installing a stout 12-bolt stuffed with brand new 3.55 gears and a fresh Eaton limited slip for easy highway cruising and superior traction when you put your foot on the floor.
Mechanically, everything is new or rebuilt underneath, from the brakes to the suspension and everything in between. Being a street car, the chassis wasnt detailed to the 9s, but the undercoating is tidy and everything was clearly installed after it was done so its clean. The exhaust system is an all-new system, and all the lines and cables are fresh as well. The tires are new Firestone F70-14 redlines on reproduction Rallye wheels for a true vintage 60s look.
Climb inside and you have one of the nicest driving environments ever created. I really like the cockpit design of the Camaros, and especially like the no-console cars because of their no-nonsense look (maybe this is just the racer in me coming out again). This black vinyl bucket seat interior has been completely restored from headliner to carpet and everything is new. The seats are full of fresh foam with new covers, there are new seatbelts, and the steering wheel is a correct SS piece. The dash is full of cool-looking rebuilt gauges with brushed stainless faces, and theres a trio of matching Stewart-Warner auxiliary gauges mounted ahead of the shifter, along with a clock and a cool column-mounted Classic Stewart Warner tach.
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For Sale By Owner and Located in Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Call us For More Details... WeBe Autos Specializes in Marketing and Advertising Muscle, Classic, Vintage and Specialty Cars. We offer Professional Photography, HD Movies, and Staging that Sells Cars. Let us showcase and sell your specialty car. Please visit our website for more details. Keep in Touch, Michael Runnalls Specialty Car Marketing & Media WeBe Autos Ltd. Long Island, NY 11780 Michael@WeBeAutos.com www.WeBeAutos.com (O)631-339-0399 (C)516-729-2003 Skype: webeautos (F)631-389-2605
Classic Car ID101269991
CategoryMuscle & Pony Cars
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