Your Ride: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Everyone remembers his or her first crush. For Gwyn Wright, those were the Camaros she had during her high school years. Wright’s heart broke when she had to give up her beloved cars because of college expenses. She pined for her former flame for years afterwards. Wright and her husband Dale went to a local car show where they saw a 1968 Camaro RS for sale. “My heart melted when I first saw it…I almost cried when we walked away, feeling certain it would be sold quickly,” Wright recalls. Sure enough, it was...to Dale, as a surprise for Gwyn. It wasn't long before the RS was parked in the Wright’s driveway, reuniting her with her first love 30 years later. BoldRide: What do you love about your Camaro RS? Wright: Everything! And the fact that it’s a ’68 Camaro with a clean body and has fantastic drive train. The RS package was just icing on the cake. What have you done to make it a bolder ride and do you have a dream accessory? I am a bit of a purist so the body and interior are just about perfect. There are only a few things remaining that need to be replaced. My husband would love to turn her into a SS/RS, but I just can’t do that, as she came off the line as an RS. Up until about a week ago, I would my dream accessory would be the console gauge package, but we’re installing that shortly. But I would love to have the original Protect-O-Plate. What was most challenging about the restoration process? When the car was purchased it was about 85% restored. My husband and I are adding several RS options that weren’t included in the restoration phase. All the GM archives from before 1975 were burned and destroyed so there is no way of really knowing what options came with the car. Keeping it true to the RS name, we’re adding as many options we like and leaving it as stock as possible. What's your favorite memory of your Camaro? There are so many. But I’ll have to go with the first, the day my husband bought it for me. He knew how much I wanted one for years and bough this Camaro RS. What's an inside fact about the Camaro that only an owner would know about? That the original name for the Camaro was Panther, Chaparral, Wildcat, Nova and even Gemini. The name Camaro comes from the French word “Camaron” meaning friend, or the Spanish translation is “a shrimp like creature.” I prefer to use the Camaro owners’ definition, which is “a vicious little creature that eats Mustangs.” Favorite and dream place to drive it and why? Anywhere and anytime, it doesn’t matter, as I just love to drive my car. I feel on top of the world behind that wheel. I would die to drive my car at the Trail of the Dragon in North Carolina, so I could just see what my Camaro RS can do!
Model: Camaro RS
Price (base when new): $2,775
Estimated Price (now with restoration): $26,000
Transmission: Muncie 4 speed
Engine: 5.4L V8
Car Type: Classic, Muscle Car
Overall length: 184.7 in.
Wheelbase: 108 in.
Height: 50.9 in.
Width: 72.3 in.
Curb weight: 2,950 lbs.
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