1968 Chevrolet Camaro

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Mileage 
    59 800 mi / 96 239 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    123678N374736
  • Lot number 
    442
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Orange
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The 1968 RS version of the manual Camaro SS convertible is among the rarest of examples5.4-litre (396ci)V8 engine coupled to a Hurst Shiftermanual transmissionSourced directly from the US in 2015 tojoinour vendors extensive UK-based collectionThe RS version of the SS featured distinctive options such as retractable headlight coversUK-registered on the 29/09/2015, the car is ready for less than subtle summer motoringChevrolet may have been caught off guard by Fords all-new Mustang in 1964, but by 1967 it had its own highly successful pony car in the Camaro. Inspired by the Super Nova show car displayed at the 1964 New York Auto Show, the Camaro featured the clean flowing lines and rounded contours that characterised Chevrolet designs of the mid-60s. The Camaro was in fact one of the purest designs ever issued by Chevrolet, embodying everything designer Bill Mitchell believed should constitute a proper sporting automobile; a clean attractive shape uncluttered by details, a high-performance drivetrain, bucket seats with a floor-mounted shifter and seating for four.That Chevrolet would offer a Super Sport package for the Camaro was a foregone conclusion, as was the availability of big-block power. When the SS396 debuted in late 1966, its performance was hampered by the mono-leaf rear springs carried over from the Chevrolet Nova, but that was solved in 1968 with the introduction of multi-leaf rear springs and staggered shocks that transferred all the Camaros power to the ground. The RSwas an appearance package with special grille treatment that included hidden and different headlamps from the standard Camaros, special RSbadging and special chrome and blackout trim all addingsome extra style to go along with the extra power of the SS.Our vendor, a collector of American motoring icons from the 1930's through to the 1960's, purchased this left-hand-drive exampledirectly in the United States, initially for his Bahama-based collection. The car was twice invited to the Boca Raton Concours, but with UK-based business interests taking up his time, the offers were regretfully declined. UK-registered in 2015 the car has been enjoyed in dry weather only, with top-down spins along the boulevards of Poole and Sandbanks adding a few miles to the odometer that now shows, at the time of cataloguing, some 59,800miles.