Resto-fresh 1968 Camaro RS brought back to factory specs

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The '68 Camaro RS boasts hideaway headlights, hood grilles and a rally stripe

How nice it is to see an early Chevy Camaro that’s been restored rather than customized into somebody’s idea of a street rod, with garish oversized wheels and a monster big block.

The Pick of the Day is what appears to be a nicely restored, numbers-matching 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport coupe painted in the correct pale-yellow shade that looks so good on these cars. A black “rally stripe” encircles its front end.

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A pert spoiler is mounted on the rear deck

The restoration was done on a “very rare optioned car,” according to the Brunswick, Georgia, private seller advertising the Camaro on ClassicCars.com. The Camaro RS is powered by its original 327/275-horsepower V8 with automatic transmission, the seller notes.

The factory options, the ad says, include air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, tilt walnut steering wheel, houndstooth bucket-seat interior, Tic-Toc Tach (a combination clock and tachometer), console gauges, rear-window de-fogger, bumper guards, tinted glass and rally wheels.

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The dashboard features some extra options

“This beautiful car underwent a complete restoration by the second owner in 2005,” the seller says.  “The paint remains in excellent condition.  Chrome and stainless trim look like new. It is believed to have 70,000 original miles.”

The Camaro is beautifully presented in the photos, looking like it did when it left the Chevy showroom to do battle with Ford Mustangs. The ad includes a number of photos of the engine compartment and underside that show how fresh and clean the car has been kept since the resto.

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The houndstooth-pattern seats look very ’60s retro

I love seeing the houndstooth seats that were so ’60s mod back in the day, as well as the good-looking original rally wheels that are iconic for vintage Chevy fans.

The asking price is $39,500, which seems fair for such a correct and well-maintained restoration on a desirable model Camaro.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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