Lot 223 - 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS *REDUCED ESTIMATE*
|Odometer reading||86,000 miles|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £34,000|
Before any official announcement, reports began circulating during April 1965 within the automotive press that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, code-named Panther. On June 21, 1966, around 200 automotive journalists received a telegram from General Motors stating, "...Please save noon of June 28 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow... (signed) John L. Cutter - Chevrolet Public Relations - SEPAW Secretary." The following day, the same journalists received another General Motors telegram stating, "Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 28...(signed) John L. Cutter - Chevrolet Public Relations SEPAW Secretary." These telegrams puzzled the automotive journalists.
On June 28, 1966, General Motors held a live press conference in Detroit's Statler-Hilton Hotel. It would be the first time in history that 14 cities were hooked up in real time for a press conference via telephone lines. Chevrolet General Manager Pete Estes started the news conference stating that all attendees of the conference were charter members of the Society for the Elimination of Panthers from the Automotive World and that this would be the first and last meeting of SEPAW. Estes then announced a new car line, project designation XP-836 with a name that Chevrolet chose in keeping with other car names beginning with the letter C. The new Camaro name was then unveiled. Automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers, "What is a Camaro?" to which the reply came; "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs."
Built at Chevrolet's Norwood Ohio assembly plant, this matching numbers example is resplendent in newly painted Chevrolet Matador Red. Its owner who, it must be said, has high standards, describes it as a fantastic example. This RS/SS has the famed Chevrolet big block 396c.i., 328bhp V8 engine which is attached to a Turbo Hydramatic automatic gearbox and offers a Positraction rear axle. An otherwise original example has had an upgraded MSD ignition system, power steering and brakes and a period style radio hiding a modern CD player. Offered with the original bill of sale detailing options selected when new, this example had just one owner in the US followed by just the one owner here in the U.K. and is also accompanied by a V5 Registration document and MoT test certificate valid until February 2016. This is a perfect opportunity to own one of America's biggest and best iconic sports cars which is even running on the correct 'Rallye' wheels and red stripe tyres.
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