The automotive scene can be a fickle place. Trends come, go, and eventually cycle back twenty years later after they’ve been deemed officially “vintage”. Some builders strive to create cars that offer the flavor of the day while others simply look on from a distance, pick the pieces they truly like, and create one-of-a-kind cars like this 1968 Camaro convertible. While it features plenty of modern must-haves like air ride and a Corvette LS1, choices like the in-your-face paintwork and unique custom interior underscore the fact that this F-body marches to its own beat. The beneficiary of a frame-off restoration, this Chevrolet offers a high-quality build consisting of only the best parts. Looking for a capable first generation Camaro ready to draw a crowd where ever it goes? Spend a few minutes getting to know this ’68 convertible.
If your goal is a clean custom, you can’t go wrong starting out with first-generation Camaro lines. This build takes the softer angles of the 1968 model and sculpts them into a modern jaw-dropper sure to command attention everywhere you go. A big part of the car’s draw comes from its unique two-tone paint. The main color is a House of Kolor Tangelo Pearl that plays some extraordinary tricks when placed in direct sunlight. Above the Tangelo Pearl, a coat of Triple Black provides a striking contrast. The paintwork shows well from all angles, accenting the arrow-straight panels beneath. Visible body modifications include shaved door handles and the addition of a period-correct Camaro SS hood. Look closely and you’ll also note the rocker trim indentation has been filled. All pieces fit better than they did from the factory and make for a great first impression.
Step up for a closer look and a series of details underscore the level of thought put into this car. At the front, a D80-style chin spoiler rests under a factory-style chrome bumper. Above, a custom billet phantom grille conceals round aftermarket headlights with integrated turn signals. Behind the grille, the Camaro SS hood is completed by two chrome inserts and subtle Tangelo Pearl pin striping that highlights the hood’s strongest lines. Chrome wipers clean a fresh windshield surrounded by thick stainless trim while, at either side, updated rear view mirrors further modernize the look. The elements are kept out thanks to a new black canvas top with a glass rear window. To the sides, billet Z/28 badges cap off the front fenders which, along with the rear fenders, have been rolled for some extra wheel well clearance. At the back, LED taillights frame a taillight panel that looks extra clean thanks to a shaved lock cylinder and distinct lack of emblems. Below, a factory-style chrome bumper finishes off the look.
Under the hood, you’ll find a a modern all-aluminum LS1 in place of a carbureted old-tech iron small block. Dressed up in bright red Corvette Z06 coil covers and sporting an aluminum intake in place of the factory plastic unit, it’s making notably more power than any original 350 would, and does it reliably and smoothly thanks to the wonders of factory fuel injection. The modern engine draws air through an aftermarket cold air intake topped with a unique rectangular filter element. At the front, a show-ready accessory drive spins a new air conditioning compressor, Powermaster alternator, and power steering pump. Across from the pulleys, a large aluminum radiator keeps things cool with some help from a single electric fan. Around the engine, a nice mix of billet and gloss black paint add up for a strong presentation. Lines have been routed neatly and most of the wiring remains tucked out of sight – no small feat with an LS1. Best of all, it starts instantly, idles perfectly even when it’s ice cold, and everything works like it would in a brand new car—you just can’t beat factory engineering for reliability.
Take a look under this F1 and a rock solid undercarriage looks back, topped off by satin black paint, fresh lines, and new hardware throughout. In the center, one of GM’s trusty 4L60E four-speed automatics hangs in place, cooled by a remote transmission cooler mounted under the radiator. The late-model transmission is controlled by a unique Retrotek push-button shifter. From there, power is sent down the driveshaft to a stout 12-bolt differential packed with 3.55 gears for a great mix of quick launches and highway cruising. At either side of the driveline, Sanderson headers connect to a new dual exhaust system with a custom H-pipe and Flowmaster mufflers runs nearly the length of the car. Ride height is fully adjustable thanks to a Ridetech RidePro air ride suspension which utilize stock-style A-arms at the front, a triangulated four-link underneath the back end, and stainless lines all around. Subframe connectors add some extra rigidity to the package. When the roads get twisty, factory-style power steering combines with power brakes that mate GM-style calipers with drilled and slotted rotors for a thoroughly modern driving experience. At the corners, 17-inch Foose wheels meet the asphalt through a fresh set of Sumitomo tires.
While a lot of custom Camaro builds leave interior in stock form, this convertible takes it to the next level by offering a custom cabin just as eye-catching as the rest of the car. In the center of the car, a custom full-length console borrows the Corvette ‘waterfall’ look and coats it in rich black paint and wood grain. The console houses controls for power windows, the air ride setup, the air conditioning system, and the push-button transmission. Above, a sculpted black dashboard consisting of dramatic curves is complemented by a three-spoke Grant steering wheel. A set of silver and gray-faced Classic Instruments gauges monitor speed, revs, fuel, temperature, oil pressure, and voltage while, around them, billet pulls offer control of accessories like lights and wipers. Seating for four is provided by custom leather wrapped seats which offer the driver and front passenger nearly infinite options for adjustment. The entertainment system consists of nicely-hidden Eclipse head unit which sends signal to speakers equally out-of-sight. Behind the seats, the trunk continues the custom theme with leather and wood panels and a one-of-a-kind wooden floor panel with a hidden storage compartment.
If you’re interested in the individual pieces used to create this Camaro, many of the answers can be found within documents included in the sale. There is a healthy stack of receipts as well as component manuals for most major systems in the vehicle. Two boxes containing additional pieces for the door poppers and air ride are also included.
These days, nearly any first-generation Camaro will turn at least a few heads. Factor in a totally custom look, reliable Corvette power, and a modernized chassis with air ride and you’re well on your way to dominating the local show scene. If that sounds like a good to spend weekends, don’t miss the chance to bring home this unique 1968 Camaro convertible.