1968 Chevy Chevelle
The decade of the 1960s was one of the most memorable ones on a number of different levels. There was a great deal of societal change underway with the civil rights movement going forward, and of course much of the nation was polarized over the Vietnam War. Rock and roll music was reaching its full stride and this was the soundtrack that was always present during this interesting period.
In addition, the automobile industry was making strides during the 1960s as well. The Chevrolet Chevelle was introduced for the 1963 model year and it became one of the most popular models ever offered by General Motors. Chevelles were offered in many different body styles including convertibles, coupes, sedans, station wagons and even the El Camino, a vehicle that was part truck and part car.
The 1968 Chevy Chevelle line was the first model year for the second-generation of the nameplate. At the bottom of the line was the Chevrolet Chevelle 300 and 300 Deluxe. The 300 wagons were known as Nomads, a revival of a model name that had laid dormant since the 1961 model year came to a close. The least expensive 1968 Chevelle 300 carried a price tag of $2447.
The Chevelle Malibu was the most popular 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle, and Malibu sales accounted for some 60% of all Chevelle sales. A 1968 Chevelle option was also offered for muscle car enthusiasts: 1968 SS 396 Sport Coupe. The standard engine in this vehicle was the 396 cubic inch Turbo-Jet V8 that was capable of generating 325 hp. But if that was not enough to float your boat, the 396 was also offered with 350 and 375 horsepower options.
1968 saw the introduction of a new breed of Chevelle that was well received by the public. If you have a hot 1968 SS 396 sitting in the driveway there is no doubt that passersby frequently suffer from cases of minor whiplash.