June 2020 Camaro of the Month: Dalton Carter's 1968 RS/SS Coupe
TorqueNews has been working with the Camaros Unlimited Facebook group for the past few years to select the Camaro of the Month. Each month, more than 45,000 hardcore Camaro fans nominate their favorite car that is owned by another member of the group. Once five nominees are picked, the members vote to pick their favorite of those five and the winner is our Camaro of the Month.
For June 2020, the 45,000+ members picked the gorgeous 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe shown here, owned by Dalton Carter. We reached out to Carter for more information on his flawless classic muscle car and below, you will find his incredible story. While the car is more than 50 years old, it is Carter’s first car and he has owned it since he was 8 years old. That’s right – 8 years old.
Dalton Carter’s 1968 Camaro RS/SS
My Camaro is a 1968 SS/RS coupe and it is my first car. I have had the car since I was 8 years old. My grandfather is a big classic car guy and has restored many cars over the years. I caught the car bug from him as a toddler and so my grandfather had the idea of picking up a total project car for us to restore together so he could teach me all the ins and outs of a restoration.
So I started going through various magazines and books looking at cars and seeing what caught my eye and I was always drifting back to 67/68 Camaro's with the RS package. So my grandfather started looking through the classifieds in the paper and looked at a handful of rusted out shells. What made my grandpa pick this 68 was that it was pretty complete, but mainly it had zero rust anywhere on the car. We didn't know at the time how original and rare the car was.
We brought the car home and the rules for the car was that 1) my grandfather would not work on it unless I was there, 2) I had to maintain really good grades in school and 3) I would work for my grandparents with chores and yard work to pay for parts.
Over the next 7 years we did a full restoration on the car, doing everything but spraying the paint on the car ourselves in my grandfather's garage. During that time we learned that the car only had 36,000 original miles and was a rare L30/M20 combo car with almost all of the original numbers matching parts still on the car. The car is restored pretty stock looking, but there are a handful of changes that make the car a "what if '' build is everything on the car is something that was available from Chevy in 1968.
The original 327ci small block is still in the car, but dressed will all the stock Z/28 intake, cam, carb and some other odds and ends. Once the car was complete when I was 15, I learned how to drive a manual in this car and really for the past 13 years it's been just driving and enjoying this car. As for the future, really no big changes to the car. Been toying with maybe a different set of wheels to change things up, but no real desire to really overhaul the car or any big changes.
1968 Camaro SS/RS coupe
327ci Small block V8
Muncie M20 4 speed transmission with Hurst competition plus shifter
Original 12 bolt rear end, never been out of the car
LeMans blue paint with white D91 nose stripe
Original Black deluxe interior, factory console with gauges.
Original front and rear spoilers
Original 69 Z/28 15inch Rally wheels with redline tires
Congratulations to Dalton Carter and his 1968 RS/SS Coupe for winning the TorqueNews/Camaros Unlimited Camaro of the Month for June 2020. This is truly one of the cooler ownership stories that I have heard in my years of writing up the Camaro of the Month.
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Patrick Rall is a professional writer and photographer with a passion for all things automotive. Patrick has been sharing his automotive expertise in automotive journalism from Detroit for more than a decade covering the Big Three. Having grown up in his father’s performance shop, he spent extensive time at the oval track and drag strip – both driving and wrenching on various types of vehicles. In addition to working as a writer, Patrick previously worked as an automotive technician before moving on to a business office position with a chain of dealerships, and this broad spectrum of experience in the industry allows him to offer a unique look on the automotive world. Follow Patrick on Youtube and Twitter.