1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396 at Lead East 2015

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Front//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

When it comes to the second-generation Chevrolet Chevelle, I feel that the ’68 is overlooked. Despite being the launch year, it’s not known for any dealership-modified specials (such as the Yenko in 1969) or the Hemi-eating LS-6 engine (such as the 1970), or even being the last of the era (the ’71-72). These were handsome intermediates for the era, and certainly looked a bit more upscale than the offerings from Plymouth and Ford during the same era. The fastback roofline looks very crisp, even though it blunts rear 3/4 visibility somewhat.

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Interior//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

This example in Tuxedo Black sports a front-end stripe that is oft-seen on the 1968 model year Chevelle SS, and when combined with the 396-cubic inch big block, a four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual transmission, goes as nicely as it looks. The redline BF Goodrich Silvertowns finish off the classy look. I spent a good half hour chatting with the owner of this car (a real card, to be sure) and got the distinct impression that this SS396 is a cherished automobile. Enjoy the photos.

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Light//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Wheel//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 Engine//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

-Albert S. Davis

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