Having been around since 1964, the Chevelle was ready for a brand new look. The wheelbase was shortened and the body restyled into the Coke bottle shape with tapered front fenders.
And what a shape it was, as we can see with this great looking and numbers matching 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Coupe. It is displaying just 42,000 miles on the odometer that are believed to be correct.
The side markers were new for ’68 to satisfy new safety legislation. The SS396 identification was now almost lost with its placement within the marker bezels.
Interestingly enough Chevrolet advertising at the time announced that the Chevelle SS 396 was… “So smooth, so quiet, so luxurious that a little old lady could drive it and never know that it’s the king of the mid-sized cars”.
The 1968 2-door Chevelle has a wheelbase of 112″, is 197.1″ long and 75.7″ wide.
Inside, we have a blue imitation leather interior. The Deluxe steering wheel was standard with the SS 396.
Power comes from a 396 cubic inch Turbo-Jet V8 big block engine rated at 325 horsepower and it is paired with a M21 manual 4-speed transmission – a combination that cost an additional $322 on the original purchase price.
Chevrolet produced 62,785 Chevelle SS396 cars for the 1968 model year at a base price of $2,899 for the coupe with the convertible starting at $3,102. Due to Chevrolet records not breaking down specific models, it is unclear from the production figures is exactly how many individual SS396 coupes and convertibles were produced.
However, we do know that in total there were 57,600 SS396 Chevelles made.
This ’68 Chevy Chevelle SS396 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)