1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 Hardtop Coupe
•One of 38,210 Impalas were equipped as Super Sports in 1968; one of 1,778 examples with the Z24 package
•Complete nut-and-bolt Rotisserie restoration
•Previously was on display at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
•427 CID big-block Turbo-Jet V-8 making 385 horsepower with 10.25 compression!
•Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission with 3.08 gearing and dual exhausts
•Tripoli Turquoise exterior (code K) with full, black vinyl roof (code 2) and black vinyl interior (code 812)
•Factory air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes with front discs, tilt steering column, power windows and remote trunk opener
•Strato front bucket seats with center console and horseshoe gear shifter
•Full array of ancillary gauges, including factory tachometer
•Rally wheels, fiberoptic monitoring system, day/night rearview mirror and AM/FM stereo with 8-track tape deck
•Correct red line tires
Three model years after launching its new top-of-the-range model, Chevrolet extended its “Cadillac options at a Chevrolet price” sales philosophy to the junior Impala series. Now at Mission Classics in Brooksville, Florida, this particular example was previously on display at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It previously underwent a complete nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. This Impala was part of the 1965–1970 GM “B” platform, the fourth best-selling automobile platform in history after the Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Model T and the Lada Riva.
Made during the first week of June 1968 at General Motors’ Doraville, Georgia factory (VIN code D), the Super Sport was an option package (Regular Production Option Z03) for the two Impala coupes and the convertible for 1968. Only 38,210 Impalas were so-equipped, including 1,778 with the Z24 package, which was carried over from 1967. Z24-optioned cars included “SS427” emblems to replace the “Impala Super Sport” badges, a special layered “pancake” hood and three “gills” mounted on the front fender aft of the wheel well à la Corvette Stingray.
Dressed in Tripoli Turquoise (code K), the car’s paint and trim are in fine shape, including its domed, pancake hood. This model has a full, black vinyl roof (code 2) that looks great. The engine bay is extremely tidy and the car’s chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body. Note the vertical bumperettes trimmed in rubber. This big cruiser rolls on Firestone red line tires, size G70-15. Each one is mounted on a factory Rally wheel, including the spare tire, and is accompanied by a jack.
Under the big, counterbalanced hood is a 427 CID big-block Turbo-Jet V-8 engine making 385 horsepower and a 10.25:1 compression ratio! It breathes via dual exhausts. Bolted to the engine is a Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission and a 3.08 rear end. Driver convenience features include factory air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes with discs in front, tilt steering column, power windows and a remote trunk opener.
Inside, there’s a black vinyl interior (code 812). The Strato front buckets seats look great, as does the corresponding black carpet. In back is a three-person bench seat. The matching headliner remains intact, too. The inner door panels are in good, original order while a there’s a three-spoke steering wheel with a simulated woodgrain rim. There’s a full range of gauges to accompany the strip speedometer, including a factory tachometer, however the clock is inoperative. As was the company fad at that time, this car carries GM’s fiberoptic monitoring system for things like taillight bulbs. There’s a center console with horseshoe-shaped shift lever and a day/night rearview mirror. At the base of the center stack is a factory AM/FM radio with an eight-track tape deck to round out the interior.
This car is currently located at our facility in Brooksville, FL. Current mileage on the odometer shows
65,386 miles. LET’S GO CRUISING
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