Open Roads, February | Lot 252
1968 Chevrolet Camaro 396/325 Convertible
North American Offering
$110,000 USD | Sold
| Westlake Village, California
19 - 28 February 2021
- Offered from the Pacific Coast Highway Collection
- Tuxedo Black over custom reupholstered vinyl/houndstooth interior
- 325 hp, 396 cu. in. “Turbo Jet” V-8 engine; TH400 automatic transmission
- Upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes
In 1964, GM was caught in the beginning of the “pony car” shootout with crosstown rival Ford and their ever-attractive Mustang. After two-years of rapidly executed research and development, GM unveiled their first-gen Camaro just in time for the 1967 model year. The Camaro catalog quickly, and cleverly, capitalized on a wide range of market interests to include over 80 pieces of optional equipment. Two of the most desirable options packages offered for the Camaro were the RS and SS packages, which could be ordered separately or together, for both the 1967 and 1968 model year examples. The RS, or ‘Rally Sport’ package provided distinctive hideaway headlights, exterior moldings, rear lights, and brightwork—while the SS package also provided a louvered hood, belt stripes, redline tires, unique emblems, and additional engine bay brightwork, insulation, and the choice of three versions of the 396 cubic-inch “Turbo Jet” V-8 engine.
This 1968 Camaro convertible was completed in Los Angeles during late May of 1968 and originally clad in Tuxedo Black over Parchment with a white convertible top. It benefits from an older restoration, and it has been refinished in the Tuxedo Black exterior over a freshly reupholstered black interior complete with houndstooth bucket seats, a popular period style. The convertible top has also been redone, now in black cloth. According to stampings and casting codes the car is presently equipped with a TH400 automatic transmission which sends power to a 12-bolt, 3.07:1 Positraction rear axle.
Beneath the vented SS-style hood and RS hideaway headlights sits a 325 horsepower, 396 cubic-inch “L35 Turbo Jet” engine. The last eight digits of the engine number match those of the car’s chassis number, with photos on file. Inside, this Camaro’s cockpit is equipped with a console, bucket seats, pushbutton Delco radio, RS floormats, and wood rim sport steering wheel. Further modifications include having been upgraded to a four-wheel disc brake configuration; the rear original drum brakes, booster and master cylinder are included in the sale. The Camaro rides on rally wheels shod in an attractive set of redline tires.