Soiled SS: 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396

Seeing a classic vehicle left to deteriorate in the elements is a bitter pill to swallow, especially when it is something as special as this El Camino SS 396. Barn Finder Sol spotted the Chevy classic for us, so thank you so much for that Sol. Located on Lopez Island, Washington, the El Camino is being offered for sale with a clean title. You will find it listed for sale here on Craigslist, where the owner has set the asking price at $600.

It’s hard to know where to start with the El Camino because it looks like it has been sitting exposed to the elements for a very long time. With minimal glass and no doors, it will have been exposed to plenty of moisture. The fact that it is sitting on bare ground will not have helped its cause one bit. The owner’s description of the vehicle runs out to a mere five words, but he says that he hopes that the pictures tell it all. The fact that there is plenty of rust visible in the lower body panels doesn’t auger well for the state of the floors, or for the structural integrity of the Chevy.

There really is no interior to speak of, and anything inside the car is probably beyond help due to exposure to the elements. If someone chooses to take this on as a project, they will essentially be starting from scratch. In a similar vein, there is no information on the presence, or otherwise, of an engine and transmission. Of course, with an asking price of $600, I wouldn’t be expecting too much on that front anyway. About the only thing that we know for certain is the fact that the El Camino does have a rear end in it still.

I look at this ’68 El Camino and all I can think is what a crying shame it is to see what was once a very potent car reduced to little more than a husk. When you look at a classic car and realize that its strongest attribute is the fact that it has a clean title and all of its tags, you know that what you are dealing with something that is well past its best. With that in mind, what would you do with it?


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  1. Classic Steel

    I wonder if it will drive out of the woods to go buff out the paint 😂

    Lets face it for $600 this car will loose its vin numbers and a couple lil things such as gauges if they exist and a title leaving the carcass to continue getting back to nature and deterioration.🤔

    What a mess and a shame..

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  2. Johnny Demonic

    That taillight trim might be good. Just let the Earth finish reclaiming the rest.

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  3. gbvette62

    The second and third digit of the VIN, (38) indicate an SS396, and the forth and fifth digits (80) indicate an El Camino.

    With 5 pictures of the VIN tag and 2 of the title, the pictures do “say it all”. It’s pretty obvious that what’s for sale here is a VIN tag and title, for someone who wants to build their your own 68 El Camino SS.

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  4. Little_Cars

    Rescuing this one ticks all the boxes for me 1) requires a tetanus shot 2) requires bug spray 3) require chainsaw 4) require winch, wheels and tires 5)requires shop vac and dumpster at home 5) require donor car for missing body parts and/or for the “phantom conversion.” Sure, I’m in for $600 in the holiday spirit! Will have the money in hand shortly.

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  5. G. Weatherly

    Lopez Island is surrounded by ocean, that means salty air. No SS good, Vin and title is all that has any value, unless it has a 12 bolt rear end. They waited to long to decide to let it go.

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  6. TimM

    Another SS that was stored in the swamp!!!
    Well at least he’s not asking $25K

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