1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 “Formal” Hardtop Coupe


•One of 38,210 Impalas were equipped as Super Sports in 1968 and reportedly one of 1,778 examples with the SS-427 Z24 package
•We are told it had a complete nut-and-bolt Rotisserie restoration
•Car was on display at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee prior to the museum closing.
•427 CID big-block Turbo-Jet V-8 making 385 horsepower with 10.25 compression!
•Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission with 3.08 gearing and dual exhausts
•Tripoli Turquoise exterior (code K) with full, black vinyl roof (code 2) and black vinyl bucket seat interior (code 812)
•Factory air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes with front discs, tilt steering column, power windows and remote trunk opener
•Strato front bucket seats with center console
•Optional full instrumentation, including factory tachometer, wood steering wheel
•Rally wheels, fiberoptic monitoring system, day/night rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with 8-track tape deck, and front & rear bumper guards
•Correct red line wide oval tires

Reportedly built during the first week of June 1968 at General Motors’ Doraville, Georgia factory (VIN code D), the Super Sport was an option package (Regular Production Option Z03) for the two Impala coupes and the convertible for 1968. Only 38,210 Impalas were so-equipped, including 1,778 with the Z24 package, which was carried over from 1967. Z24-optioned cars included “SS427” emblems to replace the “Impala Super Sport” badges, a special layered “pancake” hood and three “gills” mounted on the front fender aft of the wheel well à la Corvette Stingray.

Finished in Tripoli Turquoise (code K), the car’s paint and trim are in great shape, including its domed, pancake hood. This model has a full, black vinyl roof (code 2) that looks great. The engine bay is extremely tidy and the car’s chrome bumpers fit tightly to the body.

This big cruiser rolls on OEM Firestone Wide Oval red line tires, size G70-15 mounted on Rally wheels.

Under the hood is a 427 CID big-block Turbo-Jet V-8 engine with 385 horsepower and a 10.25:1 compression ratio! It breathes via dual exhausts. All of that power goes through a Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission and a 3.08 rear end. Driver convenience features include FACTORY AIR CONDITIONING, power steering, power disc brakes, tilt steering column, power windows and a remote trunk opener.

Interior is black vinyl (code 812). The Strato front buckets seats look great, as does the black carpet. The matching headliner remains intact, too. The inner door panels are in good, original order while a there’s a three-spoke steering wheel with a simulated woodgrain rim. There’s a full range of gauges to accompany the strip speedometer, including a factory tachometer. As was the company fad at that time, this car carries GM’s fiberoptic monitoring system for things like taillight bulbs. Center console with horseshoe-shaped shift lever and a day/night rearview mirror.

Car starts, runs, and drives well.  It is ready for shows or touring.


Tom Mack

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