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1968 Chevrolet Camaro
RS/SS-396
2-Door Hardtop

Model Year History Overview:  

The first Camaro was in 1967 and was an immediate hit.  Production topped 220,000 cars the first year, followed by 235,115 for ’68, and 243,100 for ’69.  Camaro was introduced to replace the fading Corvair, and mainly to compete with the incredibly successful Mustang in the burgeoning “ponycar” market.

The Camaro was more than a new Chevrolet:  it was a new concept.  Mustang had pointed the way.  Some 81 factory options and 41 dealer installed accessories were offered so the buyer could tailor the car to taste and budget.  The Camaro wasn’t significantly changed in ’68 or ‘69

This car’s engine block is a #440 casting (MQ code). The block is correct for the year and 375 hp, but not correct for the actual VIN for the car.  The cylinder heads are #840. The block, crank, rods, cylinder heads, and intake were found in Michigan.  The machine work and balancing was done by Heintz Bros, Statesville, NC.  The engine was assembled by 10-year employee, Jon Richardson, of Richard Childress Racing, Welcome, NC who is the engine builder for the NASCAR #07 Jack Daniels Nextel Cup car driven by Dave Blaney and Robbie Gordon’s #31 Cingular car.  The block was bored .030 over and 10.1 compression pistons were used to make it street ability with 93 octane gasoline. 
The cam makes slightly more power than the stock 375 hp cam, but has hydraulic lifters instead of solid for better street ability.  The engine has Comp Cams roller rockers that fit under the stock valve covers.  This car has new GM quarters, front fenders, header panel, lower valance panel, and radiator support.  Other panels were replaced using reproduction parts when GM parts were not available. It has all new glass and wiring harnesses.

Total 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Production:  235,115
Total 1968 Camaro V-8 Production:  184,178
           Originally Sold To:  N/A
           MSRP:  $2,908.00
           Vehicle Mileage:  N/A

Stock Number C 178

1968 Chevrolet Camaro
RS/SS-396
2-Door Hardtop

VIN Number:  124378N323958
Assembly Plant:    N/A
Date of Manufacture:  N/A
Exterior Color:  Red w/ White Stripe (around front end)
Interior Trim:  Black Vinyl Bucket Seats
Engine:                                  396 CID Modified Chevrolet OHV V-8
375 Horsepower (Unmodified Rating)
Bore/Stroke: 4.09”X 3.76”

Transmission:  Muncie 4-Speed Manual Floor Shift

Equipment:

  • Rally Sport Package w/Hidden-Headlight Grille, Special Tail lights and Emblems, Aluminum Rocker panel Moldings, Black-Painted Rocker Bottoms
  • Walnut Steering Wheel
  • Deluxe Interior
  • TIC-TOC Tachometer
  • Console Gauges
  • Power Disc Brakes
  • Dual Exhaust
  • 3.73 to 1 Ratio 12 Bolt Posi-Traction Differential
  • Phil Schmidt Engineering Custom Wheels:  Front 17’X7”, Rear 17”X8”
  • Rear Spoiler
  • KYB Gas Shocks (painted correct gray for original appearance)
  • Phil Schmidt engineering Aluminum Wheels
  • BF Goodrich Blackwall Tires – Front: 235/45ZR17, Rear 255/45ZR17

Wheelbase:  108.0-inches
Overall Length:  N/A
Height:  N/A
Weight:  3,295 LBS

Stock Number: C 178

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