327/4-Speed: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible

This 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible has belonged to the same gentleman for many years. He used to take the Camaro to local car shows and generally enjoyed living the classic car ownership experience. Sadly, deteriorating health means that he can no longer drive or enjoy this wonderful survivor, so he has taken the difficult decision to place the car on the market. Located in Galion, Ohio, you will find the Convertible listed for sale here on eBay. Sometimes it can be challenging to gauge how desirable a car is, but that’s not an issue here. I think that the fact that 40 bids have already been submitted says more than I possibly could on this front. All of that action has pushed the price along to $26,100, and since the reserve has been met, this is a classic Chevy that should be heading to a new home in a few short days.

The person who has listed the Camaro has done so on behalf of the owner. He claims that the Rallye Green that this car wears is a rare shade, so I took that as a challenge. My research indicates that around 4.6% of all Camaros produced in 1968 wore this color. That equates to approximately 10,160 vehicles out of a production total of 220,906. Some colors found their way onto fewer cars, and it will probably surprise many readers to learn that the rarest of the lot is Tuxedo Black, which was only chosen by 1,988 buyers. The seller describes the paint as being of driver quality, and there are no significant issues visible in the supplied photos. It holds a pleasing shine, while the panels are straight and show no evidence of rust problems. The seller provides photos of the Camaro’s underside, and it appears to be structurally sound. The only rust that the seller notes is a spot at the top of the dash, which is a common issue with these classics. The White soft-top is new, and it fits snuggly and soundly, while all of the distinctive matching stripes look crisp. The wheels aren’t original, but they are period-correct for this car for any buyers not concerned with completed originality. The trim all looks to be in good order for a survivor, while the grille and headlight covers have a flawless appearance. However, that brings us to another small problem that the seller notes. While all of the components for the headlight doors are in good order, the doors don’t function. It sounds like the buyer might have to break out their inner Sherlock Holmes and do some detective work on that one.

The Camaro is a numbers-matching car, and it comes equipped with a 327ci V8, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 12-bolt rear end. This motor is the L30 version, which was the weapon of choice for 21,686 buyers in 1968. It produces 275hp, which should be enough to launch this RS through the ¼ mile in 15.4 seconds. Once again, the news on the mechanical front appears to be very positive with this car. The seller says that the motor starts easily and that the transmission shifts smoothly and cleanly. He says that the Camaro drives perfectly and that it is ready to take anywhere.

One area of this classic that would seem to need nothing is the interior. It is upholstered in Black vinyl, and the upholstery looks to be perfect. There is no visible wear and no signs of rips, tears, or other flaws. I tend to think that the Camaro may have received new seat covers at some point because there aren’t even any wrinkles on the seats that you might expect with age. The carpet is spotless, as are the dash, pad, and console. There is a retro-style stereo fitted where the factory radio used to be, but the rest of the interior looks to be unmolested. The seller says that everything works as it should, including the interior lights and the door buzzer.

For any buyer searching for a classic pony car, this ’68 Camaro RS Convertible seems to have a lot to offer. I’m not alone with those feelings, and the bidding history proves that. For any owner, selling a classic car can be a difficult choice to make. Being forced to sell due to deteriorating health makes it a bitter pill to swallow. I guess that if you try to look at it positively, he has had the opportunity to own and enjoy a car about which many people can only dream. I hope that whoever buys this Camaro treats it with respect because it deserves it. Would you be tempted to join the bidding war on this classic?

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Comments

  1. Ed H

    Door buzzer works? But the doors don’t function. Hmmmm.

    I bet the purchaser will be on the hook for an expensive replacement buzzer. :)

    Like 1
    • Roy Blankenship

      HEADLIGHT doors don’t work.

      Like 2
  2. Ralph

    So sorry for the owner here.
    Looks very nice and great colors.
    One more great car to wish I could buy.
    Best of luck to the seller.

    Like 4
  3. Miguelito Loveless

    I would improve this by making it a lowrider convertible.

    Like 16
    • Steveo

      lowrider and not a donk? Really?

      Like 2
  4. Pat P

    Correct the stance and a set of rally’s and you’ve got a great ride. Hope it goes to a good home.

    Like 6
  5. 71Boss351

    Nice honest looking 1968 Camaro. Sad to hear about the owner. I think I would put the rally wheels on it and drive it as is. I love that green!

    Like 9
  6. A.G.

    The headlight doors are vacuum-activated. Replacing the 60+ y.o. vacuum lines will likely resolve the problem. There are conversion kits for electric-activation of the headlight doors.

    Like 18
  7. JoeNYWF64

    The optional avail delux partially ribbed steering wheel with 2 horn buttons on 2 of the spokes is not reproduced & usually is full of cracks these days.
    I measured a delux one on a ’68 chevy impala from outer edge to outer edge & it was about 15 3/8″ top to bottom but 15 7/8″ side to side! Not sure if the sport wheel on this camaro is smaller, bigger or the same size as the delux one.

    Like 1
  8. James Bishop

    1967-68 headlight doors are ELECTRIC not vacuum , only 1969 is vacuum operated . That’s why they have the clear 3 lenses in them .

    Like 1
    • Mike Mesite

      I had a 67 RS coupe, and a 68 RS convertible.
      The 67’s hidden headlights were electric, w/manual shut-off switch in engine bay. They worked flawlessly. The 68 hidden headlights were vacuum-operated, and after 5 yrs developed cracks in the vacuum tubes. They became very problematic.

  9. mark

    Nope, 1968 Camaro headlight doors are vacuum operated. I know; have owned 4 1968 Camaros, both RS & SS models.

    Like 3
  10. DRS

    I had a 67 RS SS, it had vacuum actuators for the headlights. They didn’t work very well from 1977-1983 when I had it!

    Like 3
  11. Desert Rat

    Yea let’s but on a set of rallys, because you hardly ever see a 1st gen Camaro with those wheels… keep the Cragars, for God’ sake be a little different.

  12. erik j

    I love the comments on the doors not functioning. I CANT STOP LAUGHING! Nice car sad story. Once a friend called me and gave me the phone # from a for sale sign on a 68 rs convert he saw being driven by a older guy. I call and ment the owner. All orig. and he was the orig. owner. He was a sales person for gm and when he retired from gm he special ordered the camaro. It was optioned as a rs,4spd and that darker green. I looked at it around mid 90s and the price was $4500 with under 100,000 miles all orig. He had all the papers since new. I asked if there was a boot for the top. He got a box from his garage that had the boot in the original gm packaging. He said the top was only down twice and the boot on once when he took the car on a trip to reno. It was always in a heated garage and only driven on nice days. Well i never bought it since Iwas in my 20s and not a lot of cash then. That is one of the ,wished i could of!!! That car was a dream (or was it).

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