1968 Chevrolet Impala SS

This is a 1968 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe. This year saw a change. Rather than a separate series, in '68 the SS was once again returned to an optional equipment package and certainly wasn't quite as distinctive as it had been in previous years.

The Sport Coupe had a pronounced sloping roofline although this year also saw the launch of another 2-door, the Custom Coupe which had a formal (notchback) roofline taken from the Caprice.

Continuing with the tradition, Impala still had triple taillights on each side rather than a dual configuration found in the Biscayne and Bel Air. 

1968 Chevrolet Impala SS

Sport Coupe - Rear view

The SS package included all-vinyl bucket seats and center console. It also included Console shift, SS wheel covers and various body and interior trim.

1968 Chevrolet Impala SS Interior

Bucket seat interior

Primary competition for the Impala would have been from cars like Dodge's Polara, the Plymouth Fury and Ford's Custom, Galaxie and LTD.

Power comes from a 307 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8 producing 200 horsepower which was the standard V8 for the Impala. It was a new engine that replaced the 195-hp 283. It's mounted to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission which was a $180 option at the time.

All full-size Chevrolets had a wheelbase of 119", overall length of 214.7" and 79.6" wide.

Chevrolet made 710,900 Impalas for the 1968 model year and it was actually their best selling full-size car for this year.  The 2-door Sport Coupe had a base price of $2,863 for the base six cylinder and a further $105 for the V8. The SS package came in at an extra $179.05.

This Impala is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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