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Possible SS Tribute: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Project builds come in all shapes and sizes, with some requiring greater dedication than others. This 1968 Camaro Convertible needs plenty of TLC, but the fact it has spent the past decade in dry storage on a concrete floor means it may not be a rusted-out lost cause. There are plenty of issues for the buyer to address, but the lack of bidding action means that it could be an affordable candidate for those intent on creating the pony car of their dreams. The Convertible is listed here on eBay in Peru, Indiana. The seller set their auction to open at $750, but there are no bids. They also offer a BIN option of $15,750 for those unwilling to tackle the auction scene.

The history of this Convertible is unclear, but the seller has been its custodian for a decade. It appears they like their First Generation Camaros because I can spot at least one lurking in the background. They admit this one has received no TLC since it found its way to its current location. The photos make it difficult to determine its overall condition and structural integrity. One positive worth considering is that the barn is dry, with the car resting on clean concrete. That should minimize rust progress, but there’s still plenty for the buyer to tackle. There are scattered areas in the lower body extremities, but I can’t spot any gaping holes. The floors and trunk pan have significant rust, but with replacement steel readily available and affordable, consigning those issues to the pages of history should not be difficult. If a saving grace is hidden within the supplied photos, the visible underside rust may not have progressed to the point where the rails are compromised. The cowl also looks surprisingly clean, but only an in-person inspection will confirm that impression. The shopping list will be long, including most of the exterior trim, replacement glass, and a new soft top. Since this Camaro isn’t a genuine RS or SS, I feel that the buyer may need to perform many of the restoration tasks themselves if it is to remain financially viable. The seller includes extra parts, including SS taillights, as a starting point for this refurbishment.

Lifting the Camaro’s hood reveals the 2-Barrel version of Chevrolet’s 350ci V8. The car also features an automatic transmission and power steering. The supplied information adds further to the mysterious story of this Camaro. The VIN indicates the vehicle rolled off the production line equipped with a V8, but it is unclear whether this drivetrain is original. I believe it isn’t because my reference sources indicate the ’68 Camaro didn’t receive a 350-2V. If I’m wrong, I’m happy to be corrected by our knowledgeable readers. The condition of the small-block is unknown, although I doubt that it has fired a shot in at least a decade. They are bulletproof engines, and it may only take some tinkering to coax it back to life. However, the buyer should probably factor a rebuild into their restoration budget. The seller raises the possibility of tackling this as a possible SS tribute. If the buyer does that, they may wish to upgrade or replace the existing engine to provide the performance such a project deserves.

As with the rest of the car, this Camaro’s interior needs plenty of love. The upholstered surfaces show deterioration, with splits that would make replacement the obvious choice. A few items like the radio are missing, while the wheel is badly cracked. The lack of carpet allows a clear view of the floors and the rust issues the buyer faces. It might be tired, but it looks like items such as the dash pad may be okay. It is unclear whether the console is present, but with trim kits readily available and affordable, returning the interior to showroom condition is a task the new owner could tackle in a home workshop.

I accept that the storage environment makes securing clear shots difficult, but I feel the seller hasn’t done themselves any favors with their listing for this 1968 Camaro Convertible. The photos raise as many questions as they answer. This classic reinforces my belief that potential buyers should negotiate an in-person inspection to confirm they aren’t biting off more than they can chew with a project. Plenty of obvious rust repairs are required before the car can be guaranteed to be structurally sound, but we’ve seen worse vehicles revived over the past decade at Barn Finds. With those thoughts in mind, do you feel this might be a vehicle you would park in your workshop?

Comments

  1. Rik

    Hmmm…’67 fenders and quarters?…and there’s no such thing as SS tail lights…RS versions were both sides red, but SS and standard were red outer lenses, and clear reverse lights on the inner openings

    Like 3
  2. Keith KC

    Wow! Looks like it sat at the local pick & pull salvage yard picked clean! Over 15k asking price???

    Like 5
  3. Oldschool Muscle

    A Big PASS!!!

    Like 4
  4. Philip

    I’ll pass on this….. way over priced.

    Like 3
  5. Troy

    Wow she needs a lot of love I haven’t been following the older Camaro prices but I think its a bit high considering what you have to do

    Like 1
  6. Gary MacDonald

    I believe its a replacement motor, original 68 had short water pumps and no bolt holes in the heads , if I remember correctly.

  7. Jay McCarthy

    1 67 fender and at least 1 67 quarter it’s a lot of money for not a lot of Camaro

    Like 1
  8. Jeremy S

    Wow, the first picture is a real tease.. after that she just gets ugly.

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