The 1967-1969 Camaros were built in either the Norwood, Ohio or Van Nuys, California. The styling of the 1968 Camaro was very similar to the 1967 design. With the introduction of Astro Ventilation, a fresh-air-inlet system, the side vent windows were deleted. Side marker lights were added on the front and rear fenders as per government regulations. It also had a more pointed front grille and divided rear taillights. There were three main option packages: RS - an appearance package that included hidden headlights, revised taillights with back-up lights under the rear bumper, RS badging, and exterior bright trim, and SS – the performance package consisted of a 350 or 396 cu in V8 engine and chassis upgrades for better handling and to deal with the additional power. The main styling feature of the big block SS models was the chrome hood inserts that imitated velocity stacks. This provided the Camaro with one of the most unique performance hoods of the muscle cars. In addition there were special striping, SS badging and the Z/28 performance package. Camaros had ten different engines available in ’68 with several transmission options including the four-speed manual, Two-Speed "Powerglide" Automatic Transmission and the larger Turbo 400 Three-Speed Automatic was an option on SS396 cars.
In 1968 Chevrolet advertising was trying to convince buyers as to how close the Camaro was to the iconic Corvette with pictures of the two cars. As well, headlines like “Tough act to follow. Encore.” and “You wouldn’t expect anything to match Corvette’s sports car ride and handling. But when you drive ‘The Hugger…will you be surprised!”
This car is a great survivor with original paint, original interior and original matching number engine. This true SS396 is complete with the bulletproof General Motors of Canada documentation. A factory Grotto Blue SS Camaro with the correct SS white nose stripe and the optional original Deluxe blue interior in outstanding condition. Engine is the original numbers matching 396/325 backed by the TH400 3-Speed automatic transmission and positraction rear axle. Other documented options are buckets seats and console with the console gauge package, factory tic-toc-tach, power steering, power brakes, AM radio and auxiliary lighting group. Finishing off the outside appearance are driver and passenger door mirrors, front and rear bumper guards and redline tires mounted on the body color steel wheels with the small chrome dog dish hubcaps.
This fully documented west coast SS396 was delivered new to the “Dueck on Broadway” dealership in Vancouver, B.C. This western car has been extremely well cared for and maintained and evident by its outstanding original condition.
Over the past several years, “Hagerty’s Cars That Matter” has observed unrestored cars sell for prices that would have astonished in the recent past. Preservation Classes are being added to concours nationwide to showcase well preserved and mostly unrestored, un-refinished, and unaltered cars. The old car hobby is headed in the direction of the fine art, decorative arts, and antique furniture markets, where a premium is placed on originality.
Sensational Survivor, this original paint ’68 Camaro SS Coupe will attract attention wherever it is driven and the 396 has the power to add a bit of excitement along the way.