If you want a classic car to drive but don’t want one that’s been cobbled together or overbuilt so much that it’s lost most of its vintage spirit, then this dialed-in 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is a smart choice
From the matching-numbers 327 V8 and automatic transmission, to the gorgeous Seafront Green paint, this sizzling droptop is the kind of classic car that more than delivers on the fun promised by its looks. If you’re finally ready to get into the hobby in a serious way, or you simply want to step your collection up a notch, this F-body droptop is a great choice.
It’s rare to find a no-stories Camaro these days, what with all the botched restorations, thrown-together basket cases, and over-the-top resto-mods running around, but this one is just what it appears to be: a genuine, stock-spec droptop built the way GM intended in 1968. With very few signs of use and careful ownership throughout its life and since the car was comprehensively restored, it’s just a super-clean, honest Camaro convertible. It’s a top driver-quality muscle car all the way as it sits today, but with a careful claybar treatment followed up by a professional buff-and-wax, this baby would border a show-quality presentation in the eyes of many. Originally Ash Gold, the restorers elected to change the color to a gorgeous Seafrost Green, which isn’t that far off from the original shade when you see the two colors next to one another. Thankfully, this unique shade looks much nicer, and it’s a timeless color that will never go out of style as one the best complementary colors you’ll ever see on F-body bodywork. Other than the gas cap (which is a common reproduction part), this Camaro hasn’t been done-up like a fake SS, and they left off any silly badges or obnoxious stripes that would otherwise detract from the car’s killer curb appeal. Workmanship is great all around, with no signs of any major repairs in this car’s history, and even though the paint job isn’t perfect it still presents as a high driver-grade vehicle. Yes, it’s just as nice as it looks in photos. A black decal on the nose continues into a sharp spear that runs the length of the door, breaking up the monochromatic look just enough and adding a little aggressiveness to the curb appeal, just like the ducktail spoiler out back.
There’s no car where a light exterior with a dark interior doesn’t work (especially in a convertible), and in this Camaro’s case the combination is an absolute slam-dunk. With handsome black vinyl upholstery, it has an OEM look and feel, with only minor signs of use to be found after years of tender loving care. The upholstery is an excellent contrast to the paint, and even the plush black carpets and matching center console with that elegant woodgrain applique and horseshoe shifter have a very uniform look. The factory gauges are crisp and clear inside the dual gauge pods, and with the AM/FM/Cassette head unit in the dash being the lone upgrade inside, it’s nice to see a Camaro without a lot of add-ons. The original steering wheel and dash show slight wear but still look very nice overall, ditto for the door panels and plush black carpets, and that faux wood inside the center stack and console looks great against the black interior. The black power convertible top fits well and looks like it’s spent most of its time in the downward position where it tucks neatly underneath a matching black boot, and out back the spacious trunk was finished correct plaid mats and houses a full-size spare and jack set.
The engine is this car’s original, numbers-matching 327 cubic inch V8, which, with a 210-horsepower rating from the factory, was plenty entertaining in purely stock form. Neatly detailed in Chevy Orange with matching valve covers and a stock snorkeled air cleaner painted black and adorned with a reproduction ‘327’ decal, it’s the kind of engine bay that gets appreciative glances because this is how most of them looked like when these were actually being driven in the ’60s and ’70s. A numbers-matching Powerglide automatic transmission and a set of relatively tall gears in the 10-bolt out back make this a relaxed cruiser on the highway, where you can enjoy the burble of the V8 and still get reasonably good gas mileage. The Flowmaster dual exhaust system is new and sounds great, while power steering and power front brakes ensure a smooth ride anytime out. The undercarriage was beautifully detailed with gloss black paint, so it can be shown off with great pride, and there are newer components found throughout. Rally wheels would’ve been original equipment on the Camaro and always look great, and they wear 215/70/14 Cooper Cobra white-letter radials to finish off the period-perfect look.
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