1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Coupe Car for sale by MS Classic Cars LLC in Seekonk, Massachusetts 02771
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
This amazing 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396/375HP L-78 “Legend” is one of the rarest, most authentic and award winning 1968 Camaros known to exist. It is one of only 4,575 “L78” models built in 1968. This car is one of only 14 1968 Chevrolet Camaros to receive the American Camaro Association “Legend” Official Concours Certification and only one of 2 “L-78” models. Over a three year period it achieved level one “Junior”, level two “Senior” and level three “Preservation”. This is the highest level in Camaro judging at the national level. It was won over 15 awards which are included. It was restored by well-known and respected Ken Lucas of Lucas Restorations. This was Ken’s personal car from 1992 to 2018. This car has been certified by Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish of Camaro HI-Performance. His report and certificate is included. This car has documented ownership history from day one including a letter from the original owner to Ken Lucas. This car retains the original VIN tag and Trim tag. This car has all of its original sheet metal with exception of GM quarters. This car sports its original color combination of British Green and Black. This car is powered by its original matching numbers 396/375HP L-78 V8 engine, original matching numbers Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and original matching numbers 12-bolt POSI rear end with 3.55 gears. This car is the real deal and the true definition of a matching numbers car. This is a great opportunity to purchase on the best 68 Camaro “L-78” models on the planet.
As the original VIN number indicates this car was manufactured on the 5th week of May at the Norwood plant as a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro V8 Hardtop. As the original Trim tag indicates this car was built with a British Green exterior with a black standard interior. It was ordered with the following options: SS Equipment 375HP V8, 4-speed transmission, positract axle 355r, power brakes and tinted glass. The car was sold new by Ourisman Chevrolet Company located in Marlowe Heights, MD on June 3rd, 1968. The first assignment was to Edward A. Dettoree on June 7th, 1968. Edward lived in Lanham, MD. He traded in the car to Lustine Chevrolet in November of 1971. Over the years it exchanged ownership six times to people in Maryland and Virginia. A complete list of ownership history is documented along copies of titles by the DMV that are included. It was eventually sold to Ken Lucas on September 2nd, 1992. Ken lives in Phoenix, MD. Ken started the restoration around 1993 and completed it around 1994. Ken did a very correct restoration of a very authentic car. Many of the parts are even date code correct. Ken invested countless hours in this labor of love. Ken was very friendly with Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish of Camaro HI-Performance who also lives in Maryland. Jerry assisted Ken in the restoration with his technical expertise, dedication and encouragement. A photo of Jerry MacNeish and Don Myers installing the engine in this car is pictured in the photo gallery. Ken also made mention of all the other people that assisted him in the restoration which is on one of the show board’s that is included. Ken reached out to the original owner Edward A. Dettorre and on November 13th, 1995 he responded to Ken with a letter that is included. Once the restoration was completed Ken started showing the car at major events. It became a very well-known car as it started racking up awards. This car is one of only a few 1968 Chevrolet Camaros to receive the American Camaro Association “Legend” Official Concours Certification. Over a three year period it achieved level one “Junior”, level two “Senior” and level three “Preservation”. This is the highest level in Camaro judging at the national level. At the same time Ken also became well-known which led to him opening a restoration business in 2003. The name of his business is Lucas Restorations which was located in Phoenix, MD. He worked with long-time friend Don Myers. Lucas Restorations specialized in 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaros. Over the years Lucas Restorations has restored some of the finest first generation Camaros known to exist. MS CLASSIC CARS owned a spectacular 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28 “Legend” that was restored by Lucas Restoration as an example. Ken decided to retire at 73 years old and closed Lucas Restoration. However, the website is still up so it can be viewed. Of course, this 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396/375HP L-78 is the highlight of the site. Ken decided to sell his prized possession in 2018 after 26 years of ownership. He sold his car to a gentleman in Massachusetts who has owns a beautiful collection of cars and miscellaneous items. MS CLASSIC CARS has sold this gentleman many cars and miscellaneous items over the years. This gentleman has actually become a friend of Marc Schiliro the owner of MS CLASSIC CARS. In 2020, he decided to sell some of his cars and MS CLASSIC CARS purchased a few including this car. This car has never really been advertised for sale in almost 30 years!
The exterior of this car is in excellent condition throughout. It truly looks like it was restored recently. The color combination is stunning in every sense of the word. The car retains all of its original sheet metal with exception of the rear quarters. Ken replaced the rear quarters with new GM rear quarters that were still available in the early 1990’s. The body is very straight and it has great gap lines throughout. The special louvered super sport hood, doors and trunk lid close very nicely. The car was finished in its original color of British Green which is complemented with a white stripe. The paint work is high show quality and was detailed to a brilliant shine by MS CLASSIC CARS. The original paint cans are included. All of the tinted glass is date coded and in beautiful condition. A list of the dates for each piece of glass is included. The windows roll up and down so smoothly. The window trim was restored and still looks really nice. Everything on this car was restored or replaced such as the wipers, hood scoops, black front grille, headlights, front bumper, date coded side view mirror, door handles, lower molding, emblems, blacked-out rear tail lamp panel and gas cap. The car sits on the correct style steel 14x6 wheels that were painted the body color and dressed with chrome hub caps. The wheels are wrapped with new Firestone Super Sport Redline F70-14 tires that were added by MS CLASSIC CARS.
The interior of this car is also in excellent condition throughout. It truly looks like it was restored recently. It was restored in its original color of black. It’s a very simple interior with no thrills like a radio or console. It reeks of originality with original and correct trim pieces. The dash pad and door panels are GM original but not original to this car. The headliner, dash, gauges, knobs, steering wheel, door hardware, seats, seat belts, Hurst shifter and carpeting is in are in great condition. It the correct style rubber floor mats. Everything in the interior is in working order such as interior lights, headlights, turn signals, horn, gauges, heating system, etc. The trunk compartment was fully restored and finished in the correct trunk splatter paint. The correct stickers were placed on the backside of the trunk lid. It’s equipped with a full spare and tools.
The engine compartment is highly detailed with many correct parts throughout. This engine compartment looks exactly how it did back in 1968. The parts are not only correct but their date code correct such as the distributor, starter, horn replay, alternator, etc. Everything in the engine compartment was restored or replaced. The car is powered by the original matching numbers 396/375HP “L-78” V8. The engine, cylinder heads, intake manifold and water pump are all date code correct. This engine was rebuilt by Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish of Camaro HI-Performance. Some of the engine information includes: 396 cubic inch displacement with 4.094 inch bore and 3.760 inch stroke, 375 horse power at 5600 RPM and 415 ft./lbs. Torque at 3600 RPM, Holley 800 C.F.M. dual feed vacuum secondary 4-bbl carburetor, aluminum “high rise” intake manifold, mechanical lifter cam (5.19 inch lift 316 degree duration, rectangular large-port cast-iron heads with 2.190 inch intake and 1.840 inch exhaust valves, 11:1 compression ratio, forged TRW domed pistons, forged 1018 alloy steel tuftrided cross drilled internally balanced crankshaft, 4-bolt main, deep grove engine pulleys and chromed valve covers and air cleaner lid. The engine is cooled by a heavy duty radiator with seven blade fan. The engine breathes through date code correct exhaust manifolds and a correct dual exhaust system. This engine sounds super!
The engine is coupled to the original matching numbers Muncie (M21) 4-speed transmission. All the numbers on the transmission are date code correct. The power is transferred to the original matching numbers 12-bolt POSI rear end with 3.55 gears. As stated in Jerry MacNeish’s report, “Beautiful example of an original numbers 396-375 HP Camaro. This car has been restored to new original condition. All drive-train numbers have been certified and authenticated.” The engine, transmission and rear end are in great working order.
The undercarriage is also highly detailed with many correct parts throughout. This undercarriage should be displayed with mirrors at a car show to highlight the correct attention to detail. It was finished in the correct shade of black. All of the parts were painted the correct colors. It has all the correct factory paint marks and tags. The fuel lines, fuel tank, steering components, heavy duty suspension and power drum brakes have all been restored or replaced. Everything is in great working order. This car drives and handles very nicely on the road.
Classic Car ID101429480
Transmission4 Speed Manual
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