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 recently restored 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is a terrific choice. Although it may look like a sleeper at first glance, it has the heart of a lion under the hood, handles like a dream, and features off-the-charts good looks inside and out. From the handcrafted 540 V8 big block to the quick-shifting 5-speed gearbox it's matched with, this purpose-built 1st generation Camaro may look like a standard classic, but it's a bonafide muscle car through and through.
It's rare to find a no-stories Camaro these days, with all the botched restorations, thrown-together basket cases, and over-the-top resto-mods running around. Thankfully, the comprehensive restoration that put this Camaro together was finished to a high standard, and although it's packed with performance parts/components, it loses none of its original spirit. It looks like a well-behaved schoolboy at first glance, but after closer examination, its sinister ways are quickly realized. Repainting it back to its original Code G2 Ash Gold was an excellent choice, as it's a bright shade that's not often seen on Camaros these days, helping it stand out from the sea of black and red cars at every car show. The finish is in great shape and still fresh, with a deep luster, smooth uniformity, and bright shine that looks even better in person than in our photos. Gloss black front nose stripes were expertly painted on, matching the black vinyl top out back – both of which do a great job of breaking up the paint and providing some contrast. The curb appeal is through the roof, and the bodywork turns heads, placing this coupe squarely in top driver-quality territory, if not borderline show. Any imperfections are very, very minor, most of which could easily be remedied via a buff-and-wax, but even in its current state, this is one of the nicer Camaros in our inventory. Other than the wheels and crouched stance, this Camaro hasn't been loaded with accessories or done up like a fake SS, and they left off any silly badges, gaudy spoilers, or obnoxious decals that could detract from the car's killer curb appeal. The workmanship is great all around, with no signs of any major repairs in this car's history and the gaps are precise, the body panels line up neatly, and the lines are laser straight. That black stripe on the nose continues into a sharp spear that runs the door length, breaking up the monochromatic look and adding a little aggressiveness to the curb appeal. The front grille is stock spec, all the badges are where they're supposed to be, and the chrome and brightwork – including the bumpers, wheel arch molding, rocker panels trim, and stainless around the glass is in great condition.
There's practically no car where a light exterior with a dark interior doesn't work, and in this Camaro's case, the combination is a slam-dunk. With handsome black vinyl upholstery featuring houndstooth inserts, it has an upscale OEM look and feels, with no signs of use to be found, thanks to tender loving care. The upholstery is in excellent contrast to the paint, and the plush black carpets, matching drop-in center console, and sleek flanking door panels have a uniform look. The factory gauges are crisp and clear inside the dual pods beyond the 3-spoke steering wheel. However, with all that extra blasting powder under the hood, auxiliary units were incorporated to keep a closer eye on things, including the big AutoMeter tachometer strapped to the steering column and the trio of auxiliary units under the dash. Options are fairly sparse, but you do get seatbelts, a heater/defrost unit, power steering/brakes, and an AM/FM stereo inside the stock dash slot. But for those who love the exhilarating thrill of driving, the most important option is the cue-ball-topped Hurst shifter that juts out from the floorboard and manages the 5-speed gearbox below. The rear seat looks like it's never been sat in, while out back, the spacious trunk was neatly finished with reproduction mats on the floor and spare.
Under the hood is where the party gets started, where a beastly Shafiroff Racing 540 cubic inch big block V8 was built to power this lightweight F-body into the cosmos. Hand-crafted, blueprinted and Dyno-tested by the owner approximately 600 miles ago, it's a thundering crate motor that churns out a 9.75-to-1 compression ratio and a 697 top-horsepower read-out on the Dyno. Built with a healthy Comp hydraulic roller cam and nothing short of first-class components inside, including forged aluminum pistons, aluminum heads, a giant 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock aluminum intake, and THICK Lemons long-tube headers, it runs strong and sounds menacing. With those giant headers and 3.5-inch X-pipe dual exhaust system, it snarls and burbles at idle and at any point on the rev counter, just the way you'd expect, and looks great doing it with chrome valve covers and an open-element air cleaner. Underneath, it's incredibly well-detailed and was built for combat, with an upgraded front suspension featuring newer A-arms, subframe connectors, power steering, and power front disc brakes. At the same time, out back, there's a set of QA1 adjustable coils and Caltracs traction bars that help keep the car planted to the street. A Tremec TKO500 5-speed manual transmission handles all the power easily, spinning a built Moser 9-inch rear end virtually indestructible. It rides on staggered Billet Specialties wearing meaty 215/65/15 front and 255/60/15 rear performance tires that finish off the killer look.
Offered with a stack of receipts detailing the build, this dialed-in F-body is clean, mean, and ready for battle. Call today!
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