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- Grotto Blue
- Seller: StreetsideDallas
- Phone: 855-877-2707
You already know we're fans of the unusual and beautiful here at Streetside Classics, and this strikingly handsome 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 certainly qualifies. It's a real code 138 SS with factory A/C, sparkling Grotto Blue paint, and just 66,513 original miles. If you're tired of being ordinary, this beautifully restored Chevelle SS is the antidote.
A quick check of the cowl tag reveals that this car did, indeed, come from the factory wearing this lovely shade of Code D Grotto Blue. It also came with a Code 6 White vinyl top, but a handful of years ago an enterprising spirit elected to delete that rather dated veneer, opting instead for an all-blue slick top that really pops off our webpage. Add in a set of black stripes that wrap around the nose and run down the rockers and you have a sporty yet elegant SS that will definitely stand out in a crowd. GM didn't keep track of how many of each color they built, but when was the last time you saw a Chevelle decked-out like this? Like I said, this one is for the guy or gal who digs the unusual. It's also for the guy who appreciates quality, as the restoration got the bodywork into top shape and covered it in modern paint, so it has a shine that nothing from five decades ago could ever touch. They left well enough alone, so there's no aftermarket hood, no extra stripes or scoops, and all the original badges are in place. And as a real-deal SS396, the blacked-out grille and tail panel were standard equipment. It's somewhat strange that a color so light and soft can still make a car still look so delightfully mean, but that exact paradox is why this Chevelle is so darn special.
This is also an original bucket seat car, although it now has black seat covers instead of the original Parchment. And in our opinion, the switch is a fantastic upgrade. It also means that practically everything inside the car is newer, from the carpets to the headliner, and it's all in very, very good condition. Simple pleated seats are luxurious-looking and with a center console and 'staple' shifter between them, this SS is no poser machine. The original gauges, including a factory tachometer, are in pretty good shape as well and yes, this car was born with factory A/C, although the system was upgraded to a full Vintage Air set-up with R134a refrigerant that's blowing nice and cold. Other visible modifications inside the cabin include the auxiliary temperature gauge below the dash, and the addition of a modern Sony AM/FM/CD stereo head unit just above it that powers great-sounding speakers in the kick panels. Rubber floor mats over plush black carpets, a 3-spoke steering wheel, and the ever-popular 'horseshoe' shifter are all included, making this a fantastic place to spend some quality time. Out back, the trunk is also nicely detailed with a correct mat and a full-sized redline spare tire and jack assembly.
As a real SS, the base motor was a 396 cubic inch V8 rated at 325 horsepower, but you already knew that. This car carries what was likely a date-code, period-correct replacement block in it, which is an interesting wrinkle in its history. While the numbers matching one is gone, it's nice to see a correct EK suffix code motor with a casting number that decodes to a real-deal 1967 396 V8. And with such low mileage, we'd have to imagine this was some sort of factory/dealer recall situation (which were as common in the '60s as they are today) that resulted in this factory-replacement engine finding it's way into this Chevelle's engine bay a long time ago. It has been nicely detailed in Chevy Orange with the correct chrome valve covers and reproduction decals on the air cleaner, all of which really pop out against the satin black firewall and inner fenders. A lot of the tittle stuff is right, too, including tower hose clamps, correct cadmium finishes on things like the brake booster and alternator fan, and a reproduction dual exhaust system below that hits that '68 note perfectly. A TH400 3-speed automatic delivers the performance to the rear axle, and while you're under there, note that the underside certainly plays of the part a low-mile, original car. Flashy American Raving Torque Thrust chrome wheels kick things up a notch and they're wrapped in sporty 225/45/18 front and 245/45/18 rear performance tires that fill the fenders perfectly.
A great-looking car that runs superbly and has a great story to tell – isn't that what makes for an outstanding hobby car? Call today!