1968 Chevy Camaro SS-396
Fine, Rare, and ORIGINAL
Well, what can I say about this car? It is simply one of the finest 68 Camaros you will find anywhere..!
One of only 10,773 Camaros produced in 1968 with the L35 396ci/325hp engine option out of a total of 235,147 Camaros built.
And, out of those produced, how many do you suppose are left with the original engine?
That means less than 4.5% of the total cars built had this power train.
But.., here is the most important part of all:
THIS IS A MATCHING NUMBERS, ORIGINAL BLOCK SS-396 CAR!!!!!
Complete Restoration, Show Quality Paint
Within the last couple years, it’s had a complete restoration. When it was restored, it had the front clip removed, and the engine and transmission were taken out of the car. While the engine was being rebuilt, and the transmission inspected by the mechanic, the engine compartment and frame were bead blasted and repainted. The front suspension components were inspected and whatever needed replacing was done. The interior was also removed and new upholstery, carpet, headliner and dash pad installed.
Before the car was repainted, it had new fenders and quarters installed. Then, it was painted and a correct Camaro stripe put on with a template to make sure it was within the correct dimensions. The paint is show quality. You can’t drive this car anywhere without people staring and then commenting about the car and how nice it is. All exterior chrome and emblems are new or hand polished and buffed.
- A Real SS-396 Camaro (not a clone or a “I think it is one” car – this is the real thing – only cars with the original blocks can be proven to be SS’s in 1968 – explanation at end of description*)
- Original “Black Plate” California Car, (that means it was sold there new and stayed there it’s entire life – the last year the “black plate” was issued was 1969 and if the car had ever changed ownership and been registered outside California, it would not still have the black plate on it – these cars are highly sought after by collectors)
- Matching Numbers Completely Rebuilt 396/325 Horse Engine, (have receipt)
- New Clutch, Pressure Plate and Throw-Out Bearing
- New Flowmaster Exhaust System
- New Body Bushings
- All New Weather-stripping
- Factory 4 Speed
- New Brakes
- New Quarters
- New Fenders
- New Bumpers
- New Grille
- New Tail Light Bezels
- New Marker Light Front and Rear
- New Door Sill Plates
- New Wheel Opening Moldings
- New Front Spoiler
- New SS Hood Louvers
- Rest of Exterior Aluminum/Chrome Either Removed and Hand Polished and Re-installed or Replaced with New
- New Carpet
- New Seat Covers
- New Headliner
- New Door Panels
- New Package Tray
- New Dash Pad
- Reconditioned Ralley Wheels
- New Wheel Trim Rings
- New Wheel Center Caps
- New BF Goodrich Radial TA’s
This car has the factory “Tic-Toc” Tach and the console gauge package..!! And the tach works perfectly..!
All the interior lights work on this car..!
Engine Block Pad Numbers:
T 09 22 MW (on the left side of the block pad)
18L 305660 (on the right side of the block pad)
- T = Tonawanda, New York – (Engine Assembly Plant Code)
- 09 = September – (Assembly Month of the Year – 9th month)
- 22 = September 22 – (Assembly Day of the Month – 22nd day)
- MW = Camaro 396/325 – (396 Cubic Inch / 325 Horsepower)
- 1 = Chevy
- 8 = 1968
- L = (Built in the Van Nuys - Los Angeles Plant)
- 305660 = (The Build Sequence Number of the Car – matches the last six digits of the VIN#, verifying that it’s a matching numbers car)
(Writing and numbers in same positions as cowl tag. Actual ones on car.)
|Body By Fisher
- 10A = 10 – (October) / A - (1st week of month) – (month and week the car was built)
- C406 = (believed to be an internal plant code for dating of Los Angeles cars only – no known significance)
- ST 68 = (model year of the car)
- 12437 = (Sport Coupe)
- LOS = (Van Nuys (Los Angeles) California - Assembly Plant)
- 05331 = (Sequential Body Number - This number was assigned by Fisher Body and is not related to the VIN)
- TR 712 = Black Standard Buckets (Interior Trim)
- N-2 = Cordovan Maroon with Black Vinyl Top (Paint Color and Vinyl Top Color if it had one)
When the gentleman restored this car, he decided to change the color to Black, instead of Cordovan Maroon, (factory color), and also decided to delete the vinyl top. Cordovan Maroon is an extremely dark Maroon and looks nearly Black anyway, so he decided he just wanted to go with Black. However the entire car, door jambs, trunk, under hood, and all areas that had colored paint was thoroughly changed to Black and you would never know it was another color previously. It was done extremely well. Most collectors or buyers do not find this a negative, as long it was done professionally.
Decoding this Car by the Numbers
Identification Number (VIN#)
124378L305660 (actual vin number on car)
- 1 = USA (country of origin)
- 2 = Chevrolet (manufacturer)
- 4 = V8 (engine configuration)
- 3 = Coupe (body style)
- 7 = 7 (no significance)
- 8 = 1968 (year of the vehicle)
- L = Van Nuys, (Los Angeles) California (plant the car was built at)
- 305660 = Sequential build number (68’s started with 300001, so this was the 5,660th Camaro built in 1968)
* Without the original engine in the car, it is virtually impossible to prove you have a real 1968 SS Camaro, because there is nothing in either the VIN, or the Cowl Tag that indicates whether it is a real Super Sport Camaro. (That holds true for both small block and big block cars)..! That’s why a car like this is so hard to find..!
Take note of the actual engine block pad picture and cowl tag picture that I took of the engine and the cowl tag on this car.
Car Option List:
RPO (stands for Regular Production Order)
- AK1 - Seat Belts (Coupe)
- D55 – Console
- D80 – Auxiliary Panel and Valance
- G80 – Posi-traction Rear Axle
- L35 – Super Sport (with 396ci/325hp engine)
- M20 – 4 Speed Manual Transmission (might be M21 – not sure)
- N30 – Steering Wheel (Deluxe)
- U17 – Special Instrumentation (for V8’s with console only – includes ammeter, temperature, oil pressure, and fuel gauges mounted on console; electric clock and tachometer mounted in instrument panel cluster - “tich-toch-tach”)
- ZJ7 – Ralley Wheels (special wheel, hubcab and trim ring)
- Z21 – Style Trim Group (includes belt reveal molding, wheel opening moldings, and bright roof drip gutter moldings)
- Z23 – Special Interior (includes bright pedal trim, deluxe steering wheel and woodgrain instrument panel)
CURRENT NADA BOOK IS:
MY PRICE: $33,950 (or close)
(Remember, the longer you keep this car – the more it will be worth – it’s not a purchase, it’s an investment..!)