West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this highly factory optioned and frame off restored 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle factory Super Sport (VIN 13837) SS396 2 Hardtop with it's correct 396/325HP 4BBL V8 date correct big-block engine (casting # 3902406) matched to a 4 speed manual transmission in its original and highly desirable factory 'Matador Red' (Code R) color paint with its original 'Black' vinyl roof, original 'Black' (Trim Code 766) color interior, and the factory SS396 Equipment Option Group Package which included: 396 V8 engine, 4 speed manual transmission, special domed hood, black accented grille, power disc brakes, Super Sport wheels, Wide-Oval tires, wheel opening moldings, bright engine accents and special chassis features and with this particular car ordered with the additionally desirable added factory options of; power steering and a center console with floor shifter with bucket seats!
Comprehensive frame off restoration with photos, just freshened up. 396/325 hp 4BBL engine. Casting number 3902406. 4 speed manual transmission. 12 bolt positraction rear end. Power steering. Factory Matador Red car with Black Vinyl roof. Base/ clear coat paint, which is in great shape. Black vinyl roof is like new. Factory white SS stripes. Nice straight and rust free body. Chrome and stainless trim are in great shape. Body weather stripping is also in great shape. SS wheels with radial white letter radial tires. Factory Black bucket seat interior. Newer seat covers, door panels, carpet and headliner. Factory SS gauges with tach. Factory console with floor shifter. Aftermarket stereo.
Obviously way fewer SS396-optioned 300 Deluxe coupes and sport coupes were built than their Malibu counterparts and they are solid gold for collectors. The Super Sport option included a 325-horsepower 396-cubic-inch V8 beneath a double-domed hood, along with a black-out grille displaying an SS emblem and a black rear panel. More potent editions of the 396 engine also made the options list, developing 350 or 375 horsepower. From the chrome air cleaner and valve covers, which are a factory correct part off the Z25 SS option, to the Chevy Orange paint on the block and heads, this car's engine compartment is correct and well done. From the finish on the brake booster components to the rugged 12-bolt Posi rear end and dual exhausts and other correct components including spiral shocks, sway bars and standard Super Sport power front disc brakes to little things like correct reproduction hoses and clamps, the desirable strato-bucket seats, this is an amazingly stock looking and unmolested example that has many of its original engine components. At the corners, 14-inch Super Sport wheels with correct SS center caps and trim rings carry correct, white letter tires. Above the full width bumper, the black accented Super Sport grille contrasts with the dynamic 'Matador Red' paint to highlight the cars tapered body panels. At the sides of the grille, four correct T3 headlights are connected by a traditional Chevrolet grille bar that features the correct 'SS 396' emblem at the center axis of the car. On the header panel, a chrome 'Chevelle by Chevrolet' emblem complements chrome louvers on the SS specific domed hood and excellent looking stainless trim. At the sides of the car, sit pristine 'SS 396' front fender emblems and chrome trimmed front and rear marker lights.
The car has its original 396/325HP intake manifolds with a correct 3902406 casting # but please note that as typically happens over the years the block was previously decked by a machine shop during a rebuild and the engine assembly date and suffix codes were unfortunately removed by the machining process. As 'Road Test' magazine correctly stated, "The SS package made the Chevelle worthy of notice by any serious motorist and permits the available power to be utilized with safe handling and braking". Correct SS options include round dash gauges, F41 suspension, front disc brakes, rear bumper pad, bright engine accents, dual exhausts with bright tips, black accented grille, wheel opening moldings, special domed hood, special chassis features including SS emblems on the grille, fenders, rear bumper, 17x7 Rally Wheels with raised white letter tires, SS steering wheel and door trim! This particular example is body style 37 and an authentic 2 door Super Sport 2 Door Hardtop. The trim tag or data plate is also correctly riveted on the top of the cowl on the drivers side showing it's original factory specs.
The car was loaded with original factory options including:
SS396 Pkg Spc Duct Hood 4 Spd Manual Transmission Cush Rim S/ Wheel Power Steering F70x14 WS Bltd Recess Prk Wpers Upr Lvl Vent Visor Mirror Spcl Perf Susp Pwr Disc Brakes Belts & F/Harn Tint Glass All Dlx Seat Belts Dlx S/Shdr Har Dr Emblem SS Roof Drip Mldgs Door Edge Guards W/House Mldgs Radio AM & Tape Glove Box W/S Antenna
The car was frame off restored whilst under its previous ownership and was obviously always garaged since with no signs of any accidents and no rust. The Chevelle SS combined Chevrolet's largest engines with its midsize car to give outrageous results. The squarer lines gave SS Chevelle's the stance of a street tough. This particular cars original SS factory option package included the F41 special performance suspension package with stiffer front springs to compensate for the weight of the big block engine, a black finished grille, a left hand remote control sport rearview mirror, Super Sport SS emblems, power front disc brakes, dual exhausts to optimize the engines performance, bucket seats with a center console and 4 speed floor shifter, and wide wheels and tires on 5 spoke Magnum 500 steel SS wheels.
The car's original factory color Matador Red paint is a two stage base/clear coat and in absolutely exceptional condition, as it the whole car. The original Black color interior has also been fully restored and is in superb condition and the car boasts no signs of any rust or accidents, obviously an always garaged and cherished driver, not an abused older muscle car! This car must be seen to be believed and driven to be fully appreciated - the 396/325HP 4 BBL Big Block V8 engine is extremely strong and responsive with excellent oil pressure and no oil leaks and which sounds absolutely magnificent and is matched to the desirable 4 speed manual transmission which shifts smoothly through the gears and the engine temperature always remains cool.
In summary, this must be one of the finest example's available anywhere of this highly desirable and collectible muscle car a beautiful 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Factory Super Sport 396 Big Block car frame off restored and fully loaded with factory options in rare turn-key ready daily appreciating, daily driving and daily head-turning condition! An all time classic American muscle car that needs little or no introduction.