1968 SS Camaro: One of the most iconic of American muscle cars, the Chevy Camaro arrived on the scene in 1967, ready to go head to head with Ford’s Mustang. As part of the first generation, the 1968 SS Camaro was a refined and powerful version of Chevy’s newest muscle. Several upgrades and newer design elements improved upon the ’67 car.
Back in 1968, adding the Super Sport package to the basic coupe or convertible Camaro cost a mere $210 and it was well worth it for the steps up in performance, not to mention the added cool factor. A heavy-duty, staggered suspension came with the SS package, as did the 285-bhp V8 engine. For even more power, the buyer could pony up another $52 and get a 325-bhp engine, or $240 for a whopping 375 horses. The sport suspension included in the SS package had staggered shocks and five-leaf rear springs.
In terms of styling, the 1968 SS Camaro was a major step ahead of the ’67 model. The vent wing windows were lost thanks to the introduction of Astro-Ventilation for circulation throughout the interior. Side lights were added because of new federal regulations, the taillights were totally redesigned, and the grill received a new, streamlined face lift. Non-functional air intakes in the hood of the 1968 SS Camaro added an extra touch of tough styling. Inside, the automatic transmission was controlled by a unique, stirrup shift handle.
Although Chevy was unable to match the sales of the ever-popular Mustangs, the 1968 SS Camaro helped launch the number well above the previous year’s sales. For enthusiasts of high performance cars, the Camaro was a better option than the Mustang and explains why a large chunk of the Chevy’s sales were SS models. For a few buyers, the 1968 SS Camaro could even be fitted with a 427-cid Corvette engine.