Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Award-winning, highly-optioned, spotless, and flawless are a few attributes used to describe a particularly nice – and rare – muscle car from the 1960s that’s currently up for grabs.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 two-door hardtop listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Hereford, Arizona. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This is a real SS 396,” the listing states. “This Chevelle was frame-off restored with every single component gone through and either replaced with NOS parts or refurbished to like-new condition. It is completely spotless, flawless, and everything works as new.”

Showing just 8 miles on the completed restoration, this car might be the closest anyone could get to going back in time and purchasing a big-block Chevelle new off the showroom floor.

Launching for 1964 on the General Motors A-body platform, the Chevelle grew into its second generation in 1968. The exterior received a more rounded appearance with a distinctive rear quarter panels and a three-inch shorter wheelbase for the coupe and convertible. Additional changes included the implementation of side marker lighting per federal regulations, and a host of available powertrains.

Speaking of powertrains, some big-daddy engines turned this midsize car into a real performer: One of those was a 396cid big-block V8 that put out an impressive 325 horsepower. Today’s feature Chevelle boasts that engine under its hood, and torque is fed rearward through a Muncie four-speed manual transmission for maximum driving enjoyment.

“The low mileage is due to the car only being taken by trailer to car shows. This car has won top awards at the Chevelle Nationals and is easily one of the best Chevelles on the planet,” the seller states.

Based on the gallery of 44 photos included in the listing, the car looks as showroom-fresh as the seller states. Even the underbody, trunk, and engine bay are miraculously shiny. A set of five-spoke polished aluminum wheels provide the footwork, and those white-letter BFGoodrich tires do the best they can at getting traction when that big-block starts to exercise its strength. Thankfully, there’s a Positraction rear end helping move things forward.

The seller is asking $110,000 for this Chevelle SS, which seems like a pretty penny until you start calculating what it would cost to build this car from the ground up. To some, it might even fit the definition of “too nice to drive.” Personally, I’d rack up some miles and enjoy!

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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