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.
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.
-Albert S. Davis