Ermine White
Black
350 V8
3 Speed Automatic
  • *Mildly built 350 V8
  • *TH350 3-speed automatic
  • *10-bolt rear
  • *Modern stereo
  • *Air conditioning
  • *Fully sorted

While a great many of the cars you see here at RK Motors Charlotte are show-winners, we also have a strong selection of cars that can be driven and enjoyed without worries. In fact, some of the best cars we've ever sold are drivers, and there's definitely no shame in a car that isn't quite perfect. And as everyone knows, perfection costs extra, so if you're looking for an early Camaro that you can enjoy this summer and into the future without worrying about bugs and raindrops every time you're out, this 1968 SS 350 makes a compelling argument. With a built small block and upgrades like A/C, along with classic good looks and a vintage driving experience, this is a fun Camaro that will deliver more smiles per mile than any trailer queen.

You can count me among the people who like the early Camaro styling more than the '69 remix, and Ermine White with black SS stripes looks awesome on this F-body. During the restoration, this one received a cowl-induction hood and a ducktail spoiler out back, but otherwise the sheetmetal and styling is unaltered from stock. Panel alignment is decent, but this isn't a $75,000 show car, but one that was built to drive, so it's easy to forgive the fact that it isn't absolutely perfect. The paint is expertly applied, and the lack of orange peel in the clear indicates that the finish has been color sanded and buffed to leave a smooth surface that shines up extremely well. The SS stripes were painted on instead of using the more familiar decals, and even with the non-stock cowl induction hood they line up well and the proportions are exactly right.

It's also nice to see an early car that hasn't been dressed up like a 396 or a Z/28, and instead keeps its original specifications, including the 350 badges on the front fenders, a clean SS grille, and bright trim around the windows. Two-element tail lights frame an SS gas cap, and the chrome bumpers have been very well finished. This car really presents well in person.

Power comes from a built 350 cubic inch small block with a bunch of upgrades and dress-up under the hood. All the basics are covered, from the traditional Edelbrock intake and carburetor, to the aluminum valve covers, and a set of long-tube headers to help build torque and give it just the right sound. But this one isn't radical, and still wears Chevy Orange on the block and heads, as well as satin black on the inner fenders and firewall. A fresh high-output alternator sports a bright chrome finish, and the new A/C compressor has been polished until it matched, and the installation is super clean. Squeeze the throttle and turn the key, and the frisky small block fires up almost instantly, and settles into an easy 800 RPM idle that sounds great. On the road, it pulls through the gears without any flat spots or stumbling, which is often the case with cars built to drive—they've already been fully sorted. Power steering and power brakes are included, making this one a pleasure to drive anywhere.

The chassis is basic clean, well-maintained Camaro. Not show quality, but solid and showing signs that someone cared enough to make sure it all works as it should. The floors certainly look original and show a light spray of textured undercoating, but nothing that can hide serious surgery. A TH350 3-speed automatic shifts crisply and drives a 10-bolt rear wearing a chrome cover for a little extra flash. Recent air shocks out back offer maximum adjustability on the street and on the track, while up front, the stock suspension has been rebuilt. You probably noticed the new vacuum booster and master cylinder under the hood, and the brake system is leak-free and stops the car with confidence. A custom-made dual exhaust system features Raptor mufflers and dump just behind the rear wheels as original. Timeless rally wheels wear 215/65/15 Cooper performance radials with a lot of life left in them.

On a black and white car, the all-black interior is really the only choice. Fortunately, the work is expertly done with fresh seat covers on the low-back buckets, although the back seat may very well be original. Fresh carpets are suitably dark and plush, while a new headliner up top is taut with factory-straight seams. The gauges are beautiful with sharp markings, and I suspect they were restored 23,000 miles ago with the rest of the car, with the odometer reset to 0 at that time. Both the center console and the center stack wear convincing woodgrain appliques, with upgrades like auxiliary white-face gauges in their own panel and a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo driving a pair of 6x9 speakers on the rear package shelf. Experts may note that this is an original A/C car with eyeball vents, and it has all been tied into the original dash controls. The finishing touch is a beautiful SS steering wheel with bright aluminum spokes and a '60s perfect skinny rim. In back, the trunk is finished with correct spatter paint, and includes a new trunk mat and full-sized Rally wheel and radial tire.

If you want one to drive, buy this handsome Camaro. It's common knowledge that cars that are driven and used regularly are in better health than those tucked away in garages and hauled to shows on trailers. Drivers don't leak as much, their road manners are better, and they usually run exceptionally well simply because someone cared enough about having fun behind the wheel that they worked hard to ensure everything was functional. This '68 has nothing to hide and runs every bit as great as it looks with no stories and no asterisks. Trimmed in a classic color combination with a strong-running 350 under the hood, it represents everything great about the early days of the pony car, and its instantly-recognizable profile will win it fans everywhere it goes. Call today!

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