1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396
Every now and then, an automaker releases a car that's nearly
perfect in stock form. The list is short but the 1968 Chevelle
SS396 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 a white vinyl top,
38,607 actual miles, a correct and consignor statedbig block 396ci
mill, everything rebuilt or restored to keep that factory look, and
the perfection of design that goes along with it. I'm speechless,
although I need to get over that as I need to write this
If we compare the trim tag to the actual car, we see that it is a
respray of Grecian Green, (H6), which is just beautifully and
meticulously applied to the panels which are very straight and gaps
are minded well. A sporty wrap around black stripe dives downward
on the front of the front quarter then runs horizontally along the
rocker. This then continues along both sides, and a smaller,
thinner shiny chromed trimming frames the top part. Just above is
another black stripe with thinner stripes on the top and bottom.
Shiny trimmings surround the wheel wells and glass which is near
perfection. An aggressively angled front grille has dual headlights
that flank a mostly black egg crate grille with a pristine SS badge
in the middle. Noted the smaller upper stripe along with its top
and bottom thin stripes is also making an appearance across the
header panel. A shiny bumper is below and houses the turn signal
lighting. On top is a white vinyl covering in very nice condition,
and does not have any rust bubbles typically seen on the lower B
pillar area on vinyl topped Chevrolets. This top slopes gracefully
down and frames the rear glass, which eventually leads to the
Grecian green paint taking over for the trunk deck. This continues
the graceful sloping, and frames the tail lighting which are
horizontal and wrap around the rear quarters. Another black stripe
is in the center of the lighting and has thin chrome trimming on
top and bottom as well as another SS badge. Nice near perfect shiny
15-inch rally wheels are wrapped in 215/65R15 rubber from the 16th
week of 1994.
A gander at the trim tag again shows that there is Parchment
imitation leather for the interior and the designers were still
hitting on all cylinders for this snappy interior. Ribbed parchment
and some shiny edging and cranks with white knobs are seen along
with the shiny door actuator lever in the front of the armrest.
Parchment imitation leather clad front buckets have buttoned and
tuck and rolled inserts and smooth bolsters with wide parchment
piping delineating the edges. A rear bench with the same pattern
looks as though no one ever even sat there. Black carpeting floods
the floors, and a black classed console races through the buckets
to the dash. This console has some aluminum accenting panels as
well as a Muncie shifter with a white ball topper. The dash is
completely original and has not been restored but presents in nice
condition with square gauges, and some shiny turning knobs flanking
the gauges on either side. An original black steering wheel is
fronting the dash, which has a crack free black padded dash top.
The headliner is white and in fab condition.
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 consignor stated numbers matching
396ci V8, (however this cannot be proven as the stamping date and
suffix along with the partial VIN stamping was removed during the
rebuild), which theoretically pumps out a factory designated 325
horses. A 4 barrel Rochester carburetor, not the original, feeds
fossils to the mill to burn, and turns a non-original 4-speed
manual Saginaw transmission. The rear axle codes out as a 12 bolt
4.11 posi designation. It's just beautifully polished and I'm ready
to eat my lunch off of this mill, it's that clean!
Underneath is looking all good with no surface rust, an abundance
of black painted steel and shiny stock exhaust, driveshaft and fuel
tank. All surfaces are totally rust free and even dirt free. Power
disc braking is upfront and power drums for the rear. Independent
coil springs in front and a 4 link with coil spring are on back for
the ride. A mirror at shows would be appropo when at a show for
this beauty which is also a beast.
A turn of the key and we are all fired up. I heard 16 little
hammers clinking up front and this was a good thing as it told me
my competition is in twoubble! I shifted to 1st and we are off like
a prom dress. This car ran great, handled well, and had 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. The radio would not play for us, but all else was working
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.
A pristine white vinyl top thrown in for some more contrast and the
rally wheels, Grecian Green laid on with care and shiny accenting,
turn the key and collect the trophies with this restored to factory
original example of design perfection. Thanks GM for this 1968
Chevelle SS396, now go have a smoke...of the tires.
37-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
232544-Sequential Unit Number
07D-4th Week July Build
ST 68 13837-1968 Chevelle SS396 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
BDY BAL11596-Baltimore Body #
TR 794-Parchment Imitation Leather Buckets
PNT H6-Grecian Green, White Top
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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