Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Every now and then, an automaker releases a car that's nearly perfect in stock form. The list is short but the 1968 Chevelle SS is definitely one of those cars. Gaining a following that few Chevrolet's have seen outside of the tri-five world, nice examples never stick around our showroom for long.
This amazing 1968 Chevelle SS complete with black vinyl top, 46,146 actual miles, big block 396ci mill, right down to the radio that still works is sure to continue the bow tie legacy of a car that is nearly perfect in stock form.
If we compare the trim tag to the actual car, we see that it is a respray of Butternut Yellow, replacing the factory Palomino Ivory. The panels are very straight, and gaps are minded well. Upon very close inspection on our lift we note that there has been some body filler applied at one time on the passenger lower door and front quarter, most likely to remediate some denting. The paint is overall very nice, with good shine and very few inclusions. A few areas of cracking can be seen on the Butternut color and the lower black rocker paint. A sporty wrap around black stripe runs horizontally across the hood, drops down to almost the mid front quarter, then runs rearward to the rear quarter at the wheel well. Under this framing the rocker is a solid black stripe imitating the above wrap around stripe. An aggressively angled front grille has dual headlights that flank a mostly black egg crate grille with a pristine SS badge in the middle. The black vinyl top is in nice condition and does not have any rust bubbles typically seen on the lower B pillar area on vinyl topped Chevrolets. Bumpers are all clean and shiny, and 15-inch rally wheels are all around wrapped in redline radials.
A gander at the trim tag again shows that there is a newer black vinyl interior replacing the medium gold vinyl that is specified on the build trim tag. Either way it is very nicely preserved with clean and straight padded door panels in black and buckets also that retain their good padding and nice shine. A good looking center console races between the buckets, has a storage compartment, and houses the aircraft throttle style (horse shoe) twin vertical post shifter. Looking to the dash we see all original equipment nice and clean and in very good condition. The same can be said for the steering wheel and the radio still works! Hanging below the dash are a trio of aftermarket white faced gauges for volts, oil pressure and water temp. Above is a tight headliner, and below is a flood of good condition black carpet.
Automotive jewelry would best describe the engine bay with a bright orange colored block and intake manifold, and some chrome valve covers and air cleaner. This is a numbers matching 396ci V8 which pumps out 325 horses. A factory correct Rochester 4-barrel carburetor feeds fossils to the mill to burn, and turn a numbers matching 3-speed TH400 automatic transmission, and a 12-bolt rear. All factory restored to perfection.
Underneath is looking all good with no surface rust, an abundance of rustproofing/undercoating on some surfaces, some slight cracking, and all structurally sound frame, floorpans and rockers. Drum brakes are all around, and a chambered dual exhaust snakes its way rearward from the drip free underbelly of the engine.
A turn of the key and we are all fired up. We shift to D and we are off like a prom dress! This car runs great, handles well, and has awesome acceleration. It is ergonomically near perfect for my stature which some may call mildly portly, and under 6 feet tall. A nice ride all in all.
Probably the best year design wise for the Chevelle, they got it right with the angled front and rear, nicely placed chrome trim, and snazzy striping. The engine bay is just beautiful on this car, and despite not being what the trim tag states, it is a great combo. A pristine black vinyl top thrown in for some more contrast and the rally wheels with the red lines doesn't take anything away either. A classic right here at Classic Auto Mall.
37-Sport Coupe 2 Door
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
209582-Sequential Unit Number
06A-1st Week June 1968
ST 68 13837-1968 Chevelle SS396 Sport Coupe
BDY BAL09427-Baltimore Body #
TR 756-Medium Gold Vinyl
PNT T2-Palomino Ivory, Black Vinyl Top
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