For Sale: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

If there's anything that can be done to improve this already desirable Chevrolet Chevelle ragtop, that's add more power, upgrade the color combination, and add a little extra style - transforming this one non-descript convertible into the wicked 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Tribute Convertible you see before you. As if the vivid red paint over black leather interior color combination wasn't enough to attract onlookers, it also carries a strong running 396 cubic inch big block V8 that moves this droptop with ease, mated to a quick-shifting TH400 transmission and a host of choice options that all make it an absolute pleasure to drive.

Originally born a rather bland Code G Ash Gold, this Chevelle was repainted to a high level in what appears to be a cross between Garnett and Matador Red, this Chevy definitely looks the part of a '60s muscle car, albeit one with a hint of sophistication. The '68 models were extremely popular, both then and now, with tidy proportions and crisp detailing that will never go out of style. All the body panels appear to be OEM and are laser-straight, and as a car hailing from a warm climate, it looks sleek and clean with none of the issues you associate with rust belt cars. The paint job is extremely nice, we're talking borderline show quality by most reasonable standards, with only very light imperfections left over from multiple car washes standing in the way of calling this 'perfect'. Of course, beauty is in the ye of the beholder and there's no such thing as perfect (especially in this industry), but the point we're making is that this finish is indeed that gorgeous, far nicer than the majority of its contemporaries, especially at this price point. Even the layperson can tell that it was all done to a very high standard, with beautifully rendered panels, tight gaps, and a great shine from the deep finish that fits the car quite well. If you're not impressed with how terrific this droptop looks in person, then we might have to check your pulse (or your eyesight). A blacked-out front grille, lower-body, and tailpanel add the perfect contrast to the uniform red finish, giving it a 'two-tone-lite' look that's often found on the '68 and '69 models from this era, and white decals encircle the front end and run the length of the lower body while adding a sporty look to this big muscle car. If there's anything to slightly gripe about on the exterior, it might be some of the chrome - as there are some light scratches found here and there - but once again we're talking fairly minor stuff and all the brightwork adds just enough bling to raise this droptop's curb appeal up to '11'. 'SS' and '396' badges throughout this tribute's body warn off any potential challengers from making a grave mistake, and all the glass is so crystal-clear it sometimes difficult to tell when the windows are rolled up.

The factory bucket seat interior has been reupholstered using newer, OEM-style black leather seat covers on the seating surfaces, and thanks to factory-looking stitching, it looks like it was built that way. Bucket seats mean there's a middle console that splits them, and it houses a horseshoe shifter that manages the TH400 automatic transmission below. There are also matching door panels at the flanks and plush black carpets insulating the floors, so it has a factory look throughout, and we'll even dare to say that the sporty 3-spoke Malibu steering wheel may very well be the car's original unit. Factory gauges, including that unique vertically-oriented tachometer, are behind crystal-clear lenses ahead of the driver to help monitor the engine's vitals, and the black dashboard and dashpad are largely unblemished - proof that this convertible has been very well cared for since it was completed. It appears this was originally a factory A/C car, although the system will need a service and some new components before it battles the summer breeze again, and the same goes for entertainment as the original stereo was uninstalled and never replaced. That's all perfectly fine for most, as nothing beats open-air cruising anyway, and it looks like that black convertible top is recent because it fits great with few wrinkles. There's also a spacious trunk out back that was treated to spatter paint some time ago, and although it's not overly detailed it does show off just how solid this Chevy's pans really are.

Born with a V8, this Chevelle has been upgraded with a thundering 396 under the hood that's running great and is dressed for success. The engine bay is very clean, featuring a nicely detailed block coated in Chevy Orange engine enamel, chrome valve covers and a matching Edelbrock open-element air cleaner. The big block sparks to life immediately thanks to an upgraded ignition and modern alternator, is fed through a big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop a matching Edelbrock aluminum intake, and breathes easy through a set of long-tube headers at the flanks. Power steering and power front disc brakes vastly improve the driving experience, while a big aluminum radiator up front keeps the whole show nice and cool. A TH400 3-speed automatic delivers the performance to the heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end out back, and the soundtrack through the dual exhaust system is downright erotic when the motor is at full bore. The undercarriage is super-solid and was nicely detailed with satin black paint, and flashy Ralley wheels kick things up a notch and come wrapped in sporty 245/60/15 BFGoodrich white-letter tires that fill the fenders perfectly.

If you're looking to turn some heads in a dialed-in droptop Chevy, here's a legitimate V8 A-body ragtop with a great look for not a lot of cash. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
  • Listing ID: CC-1632929
  • Price: $64,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1968
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Chevelle
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:7400
  • Stock Number:5754-DFW
  • VIN:136678K146961
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137

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