Rare Combo? 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS

As it turns out, the Chevy Camaro was an ample competitor in the pony car wars, giving the Mustang a run for its money. And cutting into Ford’s market share. 1968 would be the sophomore year for the sporty car and it was little changed from the prior year’s model. Perhaps the most noticeable differences were the lack of vent windows in the doors and the addition of side marker lights. This ’68 Camaro SS looks to also have the RS package, which gave it hideaway headlights. This one has been inactive for many years, resting outside in partial shade in Cave Creek, Arizona. It’s available here on Facebook Marketplace for $15,000.

If you bought a Chevy Camaro in 1968, you were one of 235,000 folks who did. If you ordered the RS package, you were one of 41,000. The RS stands for Rally Sport which was principally a trim package that came with chrome wheel well and roof drip rail moldings, a lower body molding, RS emblems, and the peek-a-boo headlights. That cost you a whopping $105 more than a base Camaro. If you specified a Camaro Super Sport or SS, which 30,000 or so did, you got a special hood, sport stripes, special suspension, SS badging and the L34 396 cubic inch V-8 rated at 350 hp.

But what if you ordered an SS with the RS option? How many of those were built? There appear to be no records kept with that level of detail, although one Camaro forum suggests the number is as few as 600-700 cars. That’s sounds a little low, but maybe not. Would it make this car a rarity today? At a minimum, the seller’s Camaro is one of 30,000 and when you combined an RS with an SS, the SS badging was there instead of RS lettering.

The seller’s car looks to be one of those RS/SS combos, which has seen better days – and none of them recently. We’re told it has just 60,000 miles on it, but either hard living or neglect or both have brought it to the state it’s in today. One sticker on the license plate suggests that 1988 was the last year registered. In one place, the listing says its blue in color, while elsewhere is said to be green. I’ll go with the latter, but it’s faded and primered anyway. The seller tells us the driver’s side is where the bulk of the sheet metal problems lie. It will need a driver’s side rear floor piece, rear quarter panel and front fender (missing). The safe bet is to assume that’s not where the rust or damage stops. The black interior is pretty much trashed from what we can tell, so that means ripping it all out and starting over.

We’re told the engine is original and the seller provides the block casting number. But it’s partially disassembled with no reference to where the unseen parts are. Other stuff has flown the coop as well, such as the radiator and the air conditioning, which we’re told was dealer installed. The motor is paired with a floor-shifted automatic, which most likely is a Turbo-Hydramatic. A 12-bolt rear end (sitting on a concrete block) rounds out this blighted project.

The seller says he would consider taking a trade for equal value or worth more, meaning that if what you have is worth more than $15,000, you’ll walk away with a car and cash. If this were a top-notch Chevy that was well-attended, the resale value of the Camaro would easily top mid-five figures. But it’s not and you’re going to have to drop a lot of coin to bring this one around again. Does this car have a future at the asking price?

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Comments

  1. 70kingswood

    Car looks pretty clapped out, and a base SS camaro came with the small block 350. But this would be a nice car if it can be saved. GLWTS!

    Like 8
    • jerry hw brentnell

      what are thy doing dragging this junk out of scrap yards in finding suckers to dump piles of money in it!

      Like 9
      • Mikey

        You must be kidding this car is a pile of rusted scrap metal 15,000 dream on

        Like 5
  2. One mans junk is another’s treasure

    I bid one million dollars for this hulk of metal in the junk yard.

    I will expect a BOS on this non title clunker snd invest 25 additional thousand dollars to make it drivable.

  3. sir_mike

    How much??? Not that rare I’m told by Chevy people.This one is probably a money pit

    Like 13
  4. khanta77 Member

    Garbage, everyone thinks they have gold because they see them being restored on TV. The metal and body work alone are more than what its worth. Good luck,

    Like 14
  5. Bill

    1500.00

    Like 7
  6. 73AMX

    Oh come on now.

  7. Skibum2

    HAHAHAHAHA. oh yeah, go for it.

    Like 2
  8. Karen Bryan

    You’d be buying a VIN–and nothing else. Hard pass.

  9. Richard Van Dyke Sr

    Easy pass on this money pit.

    Like 2
  10. chuck

    🤮👎

    Like 3
  11. John Oliveri

    It has a strong future sitting rite where it is, as many fools as there are out there, this is a joke, worth maybe 5 grand

    Like 3
  12. Steve

    I’d give the seller $15.00 then use it as yard art or maybe a birdhouse. As someone who is finishing up a 4+ year restoration of a 69SS, I can tell you I started with a good car but still have $100K invested. This car isn’t worth a second look unless you have foolish money to burn.

  13. Anthony Umbrico

    OK…1) cylinder heads gave accessory holes and no camel humps 2) 12 bolt with mono leafs and multi leaf spring perches! 3) An RS/SS with manual brakes and a standard interior…very rare 4) Custom A/C 5) I’ll pay $50,000 CDN because this is definitely a 1 of 1 car!

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