Part of the modification on the 1968 Chevrolet El Camino was a longer, 116-inch wheelbase, a distinctly longer hood and a recessed window at the rear of the car. Base power was given by one of two 6-cylinder engines, although buyers who preferred more power could select a V-8 option.
It also had chrome framed side marker lamps, a bright tailgate latch, an El Camino rear fender script emblem, and rear side markers which were optional. The 1968 El Camino Custom in addition had bright window frames, wide rocker panel accent moldings and bed moldings.
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1968 El Camino specs
The El Camino was obtainable in various exterior colors such as Ermine White, Tuxedo Black, Grotto Blue, Island Teal, Fathom Blue, Ash Gold, Tripoli Turquoise, Grecian Green, Teal Blue, Seafrost Green, Cordovan Maroon, Matador Red, Sequoia Green, Palomino Ivory and Butternut Yellow.
To match the extensive range of existing colors were the offered drive train blend that could be selected for on the 1968 Chevrolet El Camino.
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1968 El Camino interior
The 1968 Chevrolet El Camino interior was overhauled with cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl bench seats and deep twist carpeting instead of rubber floors. All-vinyl Strato bucket seats and center console were an option for $111. Power front disc brakes and Positraction were to be had as optional features.
1968 Chevy El Camino review
The third generation of the Chevrolet El Camino, was from 1968 to 1972, and introduced lots of mechanical and styling modifications. The El Camino 1968 possessed a 4-door station wagon Chevelle wheelbase. The hood was extended and could house bigger engines, like the newly launched Super Sport 396. Horsepower fell between 325 to 375.
The El Camino SS versions were fitted with 6-inch wheels. Of about 42,000 1968 Chevy El Camino’s sales, 5,190 were fitted with the optional SS396. The 1968 El Camino trim was obtainable in three models as well as the base model Chevy El Camino, the Chevy El Camino Custom, and the Chevy El Camino SS396.
1968 El Camino SS
The 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS396 was a separate model car that also served as a sport utility pickup. It shared similar parts with the 1968 Chevelle coupe, and is a long time favorite of individuals who favor a rear bed to a back seat. The 1968 model year was the first time the El Camino was obtainable with the SS package for $444, that also had the big block 396 V-8 engine.
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The 396-cubic-inch Turbo-Jet V-8 was offered in 350 (L34), 325 (L35) and 375 (L78) horsepower versions. A standard Muncie 3-speed transmission, with a frequently ordered Muncie 4-speed manual and Turbo-Hydramatic 400. Also optional was the Powerglide 2-speed automatic. All SS396 models possessed a 12 bolt rear end, the positraction wasn’t standard, but rather a factory option.
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1968 Chevy El Camino SS 396
The 1968 Chevy El Camino SS models had SS396 emblems placed on the door panels, on the glove box and the steering wheel as well. The 1968 SS vehicles had front-side marker light bezels with a foil insert engraved with SS396, a grille and Chevy five-spoke rally wheels and a custom lower trim, though some models allegedly had ordinary steel wheels.