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Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Only 8 miles since restoration


Award-winning, highly-optioned, spotless, and flawless are a few attributes used to describe a particularly nice – and rare – muscle car from the 1960s that’s currently up for grabs.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 two-door hardtop listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Hereford, Arizona. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This is a real SS 396,” the listing states. “This Chevelle was frame-off restored with every single component gone through and either replaced with NOS parts or refurbished to like-new condition. It is completely spotless, flawless, and everything works as new.”

Showing just 8 miles on the completed restoration, this car might be the closest anyone could get to going back in time and purchasing a big-block Chevelle new off the showroom floor.

Launching for 1964 on the General Motors A-body platform, the Chevelle grew into its second generation in 1968. The exterior received a more rounded appearance with a distinctive rear quarter panels and a three-inch shorter wheelbase for the coupe and convertible. Additional changes included the implementation of side marker lighting per federal regulations, and a host of available powertrains.

Speaking of powertrains, some big-daddy engines turned this midsize car into a real performer: One of those was a 396cid big-block V8 that put out an impressive 350 horsepower. Today’s feature Chevelle boasts that engine under its hood, and torque is fed rearward through a Muncie four-speed manual transmission for maximum driving enjoyment.

“The low mileage is due to the car only being taken by trailer to car shows. This car has won top awards at the Chevelle Nationals and is easily one of the best Chevelles on the planet,” the seller states.

Based on the gallery of 44 photos included in the listing, the car looks as showroom-fresh as the seller states. Even the underbody, trunk, and engine bay are miraculously shiny. A set of five-spoke polished aluminum wheels provide the footwork, and those white-letter BFGoodrich tires do the best they can at getting traction when that big-block starts to exercise its strength. Thankfully, there’s a Positraction rear end helping move things forward.

The seller is asking $110,000 for this Chevelle SS, which seems like a pretty penny until you start calculating what it would cost to build this car from the ground up. To some, it might even fit the definition of “too nice to drive.” Personally, I’d rack up some miles and enjoy!

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.


  1. I hate vinyl tops, but in this case it’s fitting. This car isn’t “too nice to drive”, it’s screaming “take me out and flog some Mustangs!”. Always loved the roller tach in these. And a 396 always has a good voice. I’ma GTO guy, but if I had the $…

  2. that much huh…honestly i wish I had it …burt what’s with those wheels..Totaly WRONG! IMDHO….
    In my Dis Honest opinion

  3. The car deserves the factory rally wheels on it,it would look a lot better, not trashing it just a personal preference, just one man’s opinion that was a young man when these cars were new

  4. Actually, 66 was the 2nd generation. 3rd came in 68. Personally, I’d prefer small block 327 or 350 to the 396, lot less weight, same hp, lot less likely to throw a rod

  5. Very nice. I had a 67 and I still miss it. Totally agree with the wrong wheel. It would look so much better with the factory Rally Wheels. Sadly, way too much asking price.

  6. Wayne is correct, the air cleaner does show 350 hp, look at the red bar below the center of the air cleaner. The center of the air cleaner reads 396, but that’s the cubic inches, not the horsepower.

  7. For some reason, a reply I’d previously submitted didn’t post so I’m attempting one more time. This was an error on my part – the car does have a 350-hp 396cid V8 as opposed to 325 hp (there were 3 available horsepower outputs). I appreciate the feedback (always!) and I’m glad you all enjoyed checking out the car as much as I did!

  8. …. and that reply worked! At any rate, you can always reference the seller’s listing (linked in the story) for information straight from the source. In this case, as you saw, the text of the listing and the photo gallery both illustrate the correct motor output. Thanks to the many Chevelle fans out there. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

  9. Yeah I had a 68 Chevelle super sport 396 Wheatley standard that ‘at 396 is bad it was hard keeping that front end on the ground cops like it better than I did had to give up building hot rods cops always took them that’s right I had was in 83 ’70 Chevelle super sport couldn’t keep the front end on the ground now that car was fast and handled great everything was restored the ground up just needed the paint job done cops took that one too so I stuck with Harley-Davidson


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