Doug La Flamme's 1968 SS/RS
The Camaro SS
The Super Sport option had always indicated one of
Chevrolet's top performers, from the SS 409 Impalas of the early sixties through the SS
Chevelles. When Chevrolet decided to add a Super Sport option to the Camaro line, they
made sure that it would continue the tradition of high performance. Curiously, Chevy never
called it a Super Sport, referring to the option only as "SS."
The first engine offered in the Camaro SS was the
295 horsepower 350 cubic inch engine. This was the only Camaro offered with the new 350.
In November of 1966 Chevrolet introduced the 396 Mk IV big block, producing 325
horsepower, to the SS lineup.
For 1968 the big block SS Camaros received a black
painted rear body panel to help distinguish it from the small block cars. This was
continued in '69, as shown here. The engine choices also increased, including the L34
396/350 hp, the L33 396/325 hp, the L48 350/295 hp, the L78 396/375 hp, and the aluminum
head L89 396/375 hp.
options continued in 1969, but the hood ornamentation choices were reduced. In 1968 the
350 cars had a finned type insert and the 396 cars had simulated intake stacks, but for 69
only the stack type insert was used.The 69 SS cars all had a black grill, as oposed to the
standard Argent Silver grill. The D90 Hockey Stick striping was also a part of the SS
option, but could be ordered separately for any Camaro.
When the Camaro was chosen to pace the Indy 500 in
1967, and again in 1969, Chevrolet chose their top performer, the 396 Camaro SS. All the
Pace Car replicas were SS/RS convertibles, except for a small number of '69 Pace Car
hardtops. You can get more information about the SS Pace Cars on the Pace
The RPO designation was also changed slightly during
the first generation. Until 1969 the engine RPO identified the car as an SS. In 1967 the
Trim Tag included info about options such as the SS in Group 4. An SS350 was a
"P", a 396/325 was an "N", and a 396/375 was a "K". In 1968
the Trim Tag was changed, and since this code does not appear on the trim tag it can be
difficult to verify the identity of a 68 SS. In 1969 the SS was assigned RPO Z27, which
appeared on the trim tag of Norwood cars as an "X" code.
- X11 - Style Trim Group (includes SS350)
- X22 - Style Trim Group with SS396 (black
- X55 - Base car with SS350 (rear fender
louvers, black body sill)
- X66 - Base car with SS396 (rear fender
louvers, black rear panel, black body sill)
L35, Camaro SS; includes special hood and ornaments,
front header panel paint stripes, underhood insulation, special nylon red stripe tires,
14x6 wheels, suspension features, fender SS emblems and SS emblems on radiator grille and
gas filler cap; with 325-hp Turbo-Jet 396-cid engine. $ 263.30, 1,003 built.
L48, Camaro SS; with 295-hp Turbo-Fire 350-cid engine. $210.65, 29,270 built.
L78, Camaro SS; with 375-hp Turbo-Jet 396-cid engine. $500.30, 1,138 built.
L34, Camaro SS; includes special hood, black
accented grille and ornaments, sport striping, hood insulation, special red stripe tires,
special suspension, bright engine accents, SS emblems on fenders, grille and fuel filler
cap; with 350-hp Turbo-Jet 396cid engine.
L35, Camaro SS; with 325-hp Turbo Jet 396-cid V-8 engine. $263.30, 10,773 built.
L48, Camaro SS; with 295-hp Turbo Fire 350cid V-8 engine. $210.65, 12,496 built.
L78, Camaro SS; with 375-hp Turbo Jet 396-cid V-8 engine. $500.30, 4,575 built.
L89, Camaro SS; with 375-hp Turbo Jet 396-cid V-8 engine and aluminum cylinder heads.
$868.95, 272 built.
Z27, Camaro Super Sport (SS); includes 300-hp Turbo
Fire 350cid engine with bright accents, power front disc brakes, floor mounted special
3-speed manual transmission, special hood, suspension and ornamentation, sport striping,
hood insulation, F70x14 white letter tires, 14x7-inch wheels, black painted body sill,
simulated rear fender louvers, SS emblems on fenders, grille and rear panel. (Camaro SS
package price increased twice during 1969, once to $311.75, again to $327.55. The second
increase included dual exhausts with bright tips) $295.95, 34,932 built.
L34 Engine; 350-hp Turbo-Jet 396-cid V-8 (requires Camaro SS) $184.35, 2,018 built.
L35 Engine; 325-hp Turbo-Jet 396-cid V-8 (requires Camaro SS) $63.20, 6,752 built.
L48 Engine; 300-hp Turbo-Fire 350-cid V-8 (included with Camaro SS) 22,339 built.
L65 Engine; 250-hp Turbo-Fire 350-cid V-8 $21.10, 26,898 built.
L78 Engine; 375-hp Turbo-Jet 396-cid V-8 (requires Camaro SS) $316.00, 4,889 built.
L89 Engine; 375-hp Turbo-Jet 396-cid V-8 with aluminum cylinder heads (requires Camaro SS)
$710.95, 311 built.