1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
- Purchased New by Daniel Boone on March 23, 1968 from Parks Chevrolet of Corydon, Indiana
- Red over Black 2 Door Sport Coupe with Black Vinyl Top
- Numbers Matching L34 396cid/350hp 4bbl V8
- 4 Speed Manual with Hurst Shifter
- Original Bill of Sale
- Clean Restoration
1 - GM Division: Chevrolet
38 - Series: Chevelle SS 396 8-Cylinder
37 - Body Style: 2 Door Sport Coupe
8 - Production Year: 1968
A - Assembly Plant: Atlanta, Georgia
133430 - Sequential Production Number
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“Teenage Ambition - 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396" - Hemmings reprinting April 2010 issue of Muscle Machines
The article quoted above also cited other test data for the high-performance '68 Chevelle: “Popular Science gave the new 325hp Chevelle high marks in its day, recording a run from 25-70 MPH in 7.135 seconds and averaging 16.68 MPG, which bested the era's other muscle cars: the Pontiac GTO, the Oldsmobile 4-4-2, Mercury Cyclone GT, Buick GS400, Plymouth GTX and others. The new Chevelle also out-braked its competition, according to Popular Science, stopping from 65 MPH in 179.5 feet. Its next closest competitor was the GTO, managing a 185.2-foot shutdown. To a driver in this century, the 1968-'72 Chevelle still has a modern feel. An A-body that hasn't suffered from neglect and abuse is usually quiet inside and rattle-free, with a smooth ride and surprisingly good handling.” (Full article available at: https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/teenage-ambition-1968-chevrolet-chevelle-ss-396)
Offered here is a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 in Matador Red over black, beautifully restored to virtually as-new condition. Showing just 50,985 miles on its odometer, this legendary, numbers-matching muscle car has traveled fewer than 1,000 miles per-year since new. Very well-documented with a carbon copy of the original, handwritten dealer retail order (including specifications for the 350-horsepower 396 and the 4-speed manual transmission) dated March 23, 1968 at Corydon, Indiana dealer, Parks Chevrolet, this Chevelle SS 396 is true “muscle-car royalty.”
The non-metallic red exterior paint on the flowing GM A-body remains in outstanding condition. Gloss is excellent, unfaded, and unmarred. The lower-body, black-painted surfaces are similarly flawless below black tape stripes starting on the hood and running the full length of the body. In the same way, the black vinyl roof is free of blemishes, wear indications, or any sign of damage. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Chrome finishes on the bumpers, grille, lower body-side trim, mirrors, door handles, window trim (including on the side “vent widows), and taillight surround are at near-showroom level. Cabin glass—including the gently curved rear glass—and all lighting lenses are clear and undamaged in any way. Factory badging is all properly in place and in stellar condition: the “SS 396” grille emblem, script-Chevelle front badge, front-fender “396” badge, and rear-center “SS 396” emblem all included. Factory steel wheels with stock “Chevrolet Motor Division” chrome center caps and trim rings are mounted with period-correct BFGoodrich® Silvertown red-stripe tires. The car's trunk is properly clean and still wears the speckled white-and-black interior paint.
Inside, the Chevelle's outstanding condition and originality continue. Black Imitation Leather (RPO Code TR 765) covers the front and rear seats in a vertical design accented with decorative buttons, just as it came from the factory. The upholstery surfaces have been perfectly maintained. Door trim continues the black theme enhanced with chrome trim and “SS 396” badging. Roll-up windows are mounted. Door-sill “stepover” areas are undamaged. A brushed-metal-trimmed, 3-spoke steering wheel with bowtie center cap frames a fully stock instrument panel on the black dashboard. The center-mounted, "wheel style" tachometer is a unique feature. All dashboard chrome-applique trim remains essentially in the same condition it left the Atlanta, Georgia GM assembly plant. Stock, slide-lever heating and ventilation controls and the factory Delco®-branded AM radio remain mounted. Another ”SS 396” badge faces the front passenger. The Hurst® shifter for the 4-speed manual transmission is floor-mounted as it came from the factory.
Under the hood, the numbers-matching L34 396-cubic-inch, 350-horsepower, 4-barrel V8 occupies a perfectly clean and tidy engine bay. A chrome, open-sided air cleaner branded with the crossed-flags logo and “396 Turbo-Jet 350 HP," chrome valve covers, and zinc-finish brake booster all add flair. All hoses are correctly in place and all wiring properly routed. Viewed from below, the straight and undamaged chassis has been treated with rust inhibitor so only very minor surface rust can be found, for example on exhaust-system hardware. The clean lower-engine surfaces and the full-length, performance, dual-exhaust system are focal points.
The aforementioned retail sales order, as well as a variety of owner literature and a binder of records on the car are included in the sale. The car's original identification and build tags remain as mounted at the factory.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this Chevelle SS in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Quality examples of American Muscle will never lose their appeal. After all, they aren't simply emblematic of a style of car, these performance vehicles capture the zeitgeist of the Sixties: optimistic, youthful, and ready-for-action. This red SS 396 is the automotive equivalent of Rock 'n Roll.