1968 Chevrolet Camaro Is So Wonderfully Black It Makes You Ignore the Rest of the Monster

There are many old-gen Chevrolet Camaros out there worth a closer look and an unscheduled spend, but few of them come with as many awards in tow as the one sitting before us now. After all, a car that scored 994 out of 1,000 points at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals can only be at the receiving end of praises.
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The first-gen muscle car is one of the most vicious incarnations of a Camaro we've seen in recent times. We dug it up from the lot of Mecum's Fall Special auction in early October in Indianapolis, where it is listed with no mention as to who's responsible for making it.

We do know it's a relatively new build, showing just 1,100 miles of use on the odometer and displaying so many exciting bits of engineering and design that it's impossible to ignore.

It all starts with the black exterior paint pulled over an equally dark interior. The paint has been sprayed all over the place, both on the car's original lines, and on the modified ones: the tucked bumpers, flared fenders, and even on the Forgeline wheels sized 18 inches at the front and 19 inches at the rear.

Not even the Ringbrothers-sourced hood hinges and pins, door handles, or the bullet-style mirrors escaped the flood of blackness.

The paint job is such an important aspect of this build that it was even recognized with the best paint award during the 2023 Camaro Fest held at Beech Bend in Kentucky. And it is so in-your-face that it kind of makes one not ever wonder what the rest of the build is all about. But we'll tell you anyway, because that's what we do here on autoevolution.

The black monster hides under the hood a 396ci engine rated at 520 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. It is tied to a 5-speed manual transmission and breathes out through a Borla exhaust. Power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a 9-inch rear end from Detroit Speed.

The body and chassis of the Camaro are supported by a Detroit Speed suspension system with JRI coilover front and rear shocks, and stopping power is handled by Baer gear.

Open the doors and darkness will shoot out in the form of black leather fiberglass race seats with red stitching, equipped with five-point harnesses, and a Ridetech six-point roll cage. Speedhut gauges can be seen in the dashboard.

The Chevy as you see it was the recipient of more awards over the years than just the ones mentioned above. In 2021 it was recognized at the Camaro Nationals, and a year later and the Camaro Superfest.

All of the above should make the car a very expensive one to get during the auction, but Mecum makes no mention of how much the owner expects to fetch for it. We will of course keep an eye on the Camaro and update as soon as we learn more.
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