Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beautiful 1968 Camaro

How does this happen? How does a car survive for 40+ years and only accumulate 18,000 miles? I might understand it if it was say, a 6 cylinder, stripped 4 door Chevy Nova we were talking about here... Someone's grandmother could have owned it, didn't drive it much, then died and the car got put away while the family decided what to do with it. But this is a V8 Camaro. I doubt many grandmas bought these.

Whether you like Camaros or not, you have to be impressed by this car.

The early Camaros were the best looking Camaros. The lines were simple (and sort of mimicked the 1965 and up Corvair), the chrome was tasteful, and there were no huge decals anywhere on the car. A badge on the hood and on on the trunk told you what the car was and a small badge on the front fender told you the engine size. Perfect.

This is a one owner California car. It was recently repainted and detailed (to say the least). Everything about this car is as it was when it left the factory. No engine swaps, no body kits, no aftermarket wheels. It looks great.

Le Mans Blue might have been the nicest color available for the early Camaros. In retrospect, vinyl roofs were a dumb option, but it looks perfect on this car. The stock wheels and original-type redline tires are period perfect.

The bulletproof 327 V8 coupled with the automatic transmission is probably the best combo for everyday driving.

The interior was a giant step forward for an American car, but it still shows its GM roots. The instrument cluster, while not having a nice line of gauges like a late sixties European high performance car would have, was much better looking than the flat, strip speedometer dashboards that were found in so many US cars in the 1960s. The center console was simple and good looking. The GM roots showed in the fake wood grain, the flat unsupportive seats and the pedal actuated parking brake. All-in-all the interior looked very good in 1968 and still doesn't look bad now.

There really isn't anything wrong with this car. At $23,000.00 it's not cheap (and almost 10 times it's price in 1968), but being a nice, clean, low mileage, unmolested 1968 Camaro, it's probably worth the money.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this car.

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