This 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 offers a great combination of vintage late '60s styling and freshly rebuilt big block power under its hood that benefits from a couple of well-selected add-ons for some extra muscle. Its curb appeal is undeniable, and it comes complete with its original owner's manual, window sticker and warranty card - a veritable trifecta of documentation to chronicle this classic's debut.
The Chevelle had long been a respected member of the muscle car set and carried an abundance of style for quite some time, but when Chevy decided to take the model through a fairly extensive restyling the very year this one came to life, they hit the mark squarely. Focusing on increasing its agility to go along with the straight ahead power it had already become known for, Chevy actually decreased its wheelbase while broadening its track and gave it a distinctive, flowing, almost fastback-like rear roofline. The shiny black covering the lower body seems to begin at the undercarriage before transitioning into the bright red that starts just above the bottom of the doors and adorns the rest of the car, creating a great visual effect that accurately mirrors the color scheme so many upper crust “SS” Chevelles of that year wore proudly. It's a paint job well done, making this one of those fortunate cars that actually looks all the more impressive the closer you get to it. Likely to keep the attention focused on its newly sculpted look, especially at its beltline, Chevy chose to steer clear of adding a lot of trim along its sides, but the chrome featured in both front and back represents itself well and really pops out, courtesy of the black coloring it sits adjacent to.
The black vinyl interior has obviously been the recipient of a lot of care and looks downright impressive. Both the front and rear bench seats remain very well padded and comfortable, with covers that match the originals this Chevelle rolled out all those years ago. The seating is flanked by door panels on each side that sit flush to their steel frames and show little use of wear. Up front, the dash area just beyond the very clean looking “SS” steering wheel remains in its original configuration and features easily readable gauges in the cluster that are joined by a trio of aftermarket counterparts sitting just below. The dash pad running across the top shows no evidence of warpage or cracking - no small feat with black upholstery. Raise the deck lid in back and you'll find that the trunk area is very clean, with an expanse of carpeting lining its floor.
A freshly rebuilt and period correct "JQ" code 396 cubic inch V8 sits underneath the hood, offering the big block power that became synonymous with SS Chevelles in their heyday. Equipped with a 4-barrel carb and armed with a Comp Cam to up its potency, the engine sounds great as it exhales into a pair of Hooker headers and all that power becomes very obvious right away, due to this Chevy's impressively quick throttle response. With its featured power steering and power brakes, easy navigation and low-effort stopping power are covered, as well. This magnetic muscle car classic sits on a set of 15” American Racing wheels wrapped with Stinger radials - including a pair of asphalt-gripping 295s in back.
If you're looking for a vintage Chevrolet that combines outstanding exterior fit and finish with a freshly rebuilt powerplant very capable of driving you back into your seat, it's right here in this 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. Call today!