Sure, we’ve all heard the stories about a car belonging to the little old lady. Just because you’ve heard one, though, doesn’t mean there aren’t more. Mark Terschluse came upon this pristine ‘68 Camaro 17 years ago after the old lady traded it in on a new Jaguar.
The Camaro’s 210hp 327 engine ran like a top, having only motivated the Camaro for a little over 47,000 miles. The body was still wearing the original Ivy Gold paint along with the black vinyl top, and the interior was equally as original with Ivy Gold seats.
Mark kept it original for 15 years but then he had it bored. He had heard about the GM Performance ZZ430 limited-production crate engines and went ahead and ordered one even though he had no plan for it. It wasn’t too long after the engine arrived that he formulated a plan for the engine and Camaro.
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The car was put in the capable hands of Scott Driy of Manchester, Missouri, who treated the rust-free body to some TLC. Scott shaved and filled the emblems and door handles, then applied the paint. To complement the ZZ430, numerous suspension upgrades such as big disc brakes and Hotchkis springs and sway bars were added.
Southtown Upholstery in St. Louis, Missouri, is responsible for the updated interior. The stock buckets were swapped for a set of ’89 Pontiac GTA front seats recovered in purple and silver leather. The stock back seat, console and dash pad were upholstered to match. A chrome-moly six-point rollcage was integrated to help stiffen the chassis and provide some hope it’s never-needed protection.
Mark only put a little over 2,000 mile on the Camaro in first 15 years after he bought it, but since its recent rebuild, he has almost that amount in a few months. The “fun factor” has definitely been added and hopefully he’ll continue to use it. It would be a shame for this much performance to be wasted sitting in a garage.
|OWNER||Mark Terschluse, Wildwood, MO|
|VEHICLE||1968 Camaro RS|
|ENGINE||Chevy ZZ430, 350ci number 374 of 430|
|TRANSMISSION||Turbo 400 by TCI with manual valve body and 2,500 stall converter|
|REAREND||12 bolt with 4.11:1 gears|
|Front||Bilstein gas shocks, 13-inch Baer cross-drilled discs, Hotchkis 1-1/8-inch anti-sway bar, and 2-inch drop coils|
|Rear|| Bilstein gas shocks, Hotchkis 2-inch lowered leaves, Baer 12-inch cross-drilled discs|
|WHEELS|| American Torque Thrust II’s, 18X8 with 4.5-inch backspacing|
|EXTERIOR||2000 GM Bright Metallic Silver with DuPont Indigo Blasberry stripes|