Chevelle Super Sport
Restored Numbers Matching Chevelle SS 396 V8 TH400
- Original 396 cubic inch L35 V8 which produces 325 horsepower and 410 lb./ft. of torque
- Original Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
- Correct 12 bolt rear end
- Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
- Factory power steering
- Correct Matador Red exterior paint that's accented by a correct black vinyl top and black rocker stripes
- Correct red vinyl interior that's complete with factory air conditioning
It's pretty easy to find vintage Chevrolet metal that's been modified, tweaked and morphed into anything from killer custom trophy winners to busted backyard travesties. But when it comes to how your classic Chevy feels, and how you feel driving it, nothing quite compares to the way these cars rolled off USA-1's legendary assembly lines. After all, GM's largest division didn't get that nickname, or its storied reputation, by producing subpar iron; and when it comes to some of the greatest muscle cars of all time, why fix what ain't broke? This professionally restored 1968 Chevelle hardtop is an authentic SS396 car which wraps a numbers matching drivetrain in a solid body and a correct red on red color combination. If you're in the market for a top-notch example of one of the best Chevrolets ever produced, we have your car!
I'll begin by decoding both this Chevelle's VIN and cowl tag to authenticate its status as a real-deal, big block Super Sport.
* 1: Chevrolet
* 38: SS396
* 37: 2-door sport coupe
* 8: 1968 model year
* B: Assembled at GM's Baltimore, Maryland manufacturing facility
* 231618: Sequential production number
* 07C --- Assembled during the third week of July, 1968
* 142256 --- Data processing number
* 220201 --- Data processing number
* 68 --- 1968 model year
* 13837 --- 5-passenger, 2-door sports coupe
* BAL --- Assembled at GM's Baltimore, Maryland manufacturing facility
* 11356 --- Sequence number
* 796 --- Matador Red exterior paint
* R --- Medium Red interior with bucket seats
* B --- Black vinyl top
Recently this glowing Chevelle sport coupe was treated to a no-expense spared, no-holds barred rotisserie restoration during which every inch of its body was massaged to better-than-new condition. When all the welding, sanding and fine tuning was complete, a correct coat of GM code R Matador Red urethane was accented with a correct GM code B black vinyl top and high gloss rocker stripes to create a classic American muscle car that drives just as well as it shows. One quick glance down its smooth fuselage reveals straight panels which display no waves or major imperfections. One high definition look its glossy paint reflects a Kansas-flat surface which looks wet and shines like new. And one drop of water on its sculpted fenders highlights a superb clearcoat that is both clean and rock solid.
For 1968, the freshly updated Chevelle sported a brand new look which featured tapered front fenders, a rounded beltline and a classic long-hood/short-deck profile. At the front of the car, four clear headlights top an SS exclusive, black body-width grille which centers a prominent “SS 396” emblem between factory fresh stainless trim. At the sides of that grille, a like-new chrome bumper is equipped with clear parking lights, and a showroom fresh “Chevelle” script occupies the driver's side of the car's header panel. Behind that header panel, an SS exclusive hood carries finned chrome louvers in front of pristine windows which are traced by well-maintained brightwork and accented by a great looking vinyl top. Below those windows, new chrome door handles perfectly complement a correct chrome driver's mirror, dent-free stainless trim highlights gloss black rocker panels and “396” branded marker lights provide a subtle hint at the car's big performance credentials. And at the back of those rocker panels, clear tail lights flank a gloss black rear valence which centers a prominent “SS 396” emblem over a like-new chrome bumper and mirror-like stainless exhaust tips.
At the heart of the car's serious nature is an original 396 cubic inch L35 big block V8 which wears a correct 3935440 casting number, a June (F) 8th (8) of 1968 (8) casting date, a correct TO suffix stamp and a correct 231618 partial VIN. As one of the most powerful and most memorable Chevrolet engines ever created, this cast iron mill utilizes oval-port closed chamber heads, a forged steel crankshaft and traditional hydraulic lifters to turn stout 10.25 to 1 compression into 325 horsepower and 410 lb./ft. of pavement melting torque! At the top of the motor, a black and chrome single snorkel air cleaner funnels wind into what appears to be a correct Quadrajet carburetor. Below that carburetor, a sea of brilliant Chevy Orange paint flows around fresh chrome valve covers and fully restored exhaust manifolds to coat the block from its cast iron intake to its stamped steel oil pan. At the back of the motor, a correct points distributor shoots fire through factory replacement plug wires. And at the front of the motor, a reproduction Delco Energizer battery sits next to a correct radiator that's equipped with fresh hoses and reproduction tower clamps. Despite its complete rebuild and cosmetic restoration, many of the details on this 396 are faithful to its original factory appearance. And everything from its correct Frigidaire AC compressor and fresh stainless fuel lines to its correct decals and gray hood hardware, presents much better than anything that was slapped together at the factory 44 years ago.
Underneath this awesome Chevy you'll find a factory fresh chassis and super solid floorpans that, like the car's exterior panels and L35 big block, have been over-restored to the absolute highest standards. An original 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400, which wears a correct 231618 partial VIN and a July 6th (522) of 1968 (68) 396 (CC) build stamp, sends power to a correct GM 12 bolt rear end. Holding that stellar drivetrain in place is a traditional double A-arm front and four link rear suspension which was fully rebuilt during the restoration, and presently features factory power steering, an upfitted rear sway bar and correct power front disc and rear drum brakes. Exhaust flows through dual stainless pipes into aggressive Flowmaster dual chamber mufflers and spotless stainless tips. And power flows to the pavement through familiar 15 inch rally wheels which spin reliable 235/70 Goodyear Eagle GTIIs around cool bowtie center caps and dent-free stainless trim rings. Naturally, all the car's weathered bits were replaced during its extensive rebuild. The floors wear a smooth coat of Matador Red paint under a slick clearcoat shell. The frame and drivetrain components alternate between a deep shade of gloss black and fresh shade of train truck silver. And items such as a new stainless fuel tank, new stainless hardware, new fuel lines and new brake lines ensure this Chevy will cruise for years without issue.
Open the solid doors on this second generation Chevelle and you'll find a striking GM code 796 red vinyl interior which appears to have been completely replaced during the car's restoration. Centered in those new components is a trio of fresh seats which carry just the right amount of firmness and display no rips or tears at all. Above those seats, a tight red headliner shows none of the drying or fading that is typical of vintage cars; and below those seats bright red carpet props a stainless trimmed console, which is complete with a factory horseshoe shifter, between custom carpeted floor mats. In front of the driver, a correct Chevelle SS steering wheel spins in front of an excellent looking dash which features a warp-free pad, fully rebuilt gauges, controls for the car's factory air conditioning and a direct fit Kenwood cassette player (The car's original AM radio is also included with the sale). At the sides of the driver, stainless trimmed door panels feature correct “SS 396” emblems which add a little visual pop. And behind the cabin, the car's fully restored trunk features a full-size spare tire, a correct jack, a new mat and correct decklid decals.
Included with the sale of this super clean hardtop is a reproduction owner's manual, some vintage marketing materials, a few maintenance receipts, a couple of extra keys and a 1968 license plate that reads YR-8427.
Recently we've seen a lot of excellent Chevelles come through our RK Motors Charlotte showroom; and while they're all super nice, nothing beats the experience of owning a complete car that features a factory correct restoration! This numbers matching SS396 is an iconic piece which wraps one of the hottest powertrains ever produced in a host of rare options and a highly desirable color combination. It's fully sorted, highly detailed and carries a build cost that is likely twice as much as our asking price. If you're looking for some classic American muscle that you can drive, enjoy AND build equity with, we have your car!