Ever since I was five, which was 50 years ago, I’ve known how to tell the model year of a first-generation Camaro. I imagine you know the signs as well. In 1967, there were no side markers; in 1968 and 1969, there were. In 1967 and 1968, the wheel arches were round; in 1969, they were made a little more square with “speed streaks” trailing them along the body. Actually, there were far more changes in ’69 than that, but this has alwyas been the easiest one for me to spot.
I came upon this ’68 RS convertible behind a bar and grill in Fishers, Indiana, where I used to have lunch a lot. It’s downright refreshing to find a plain Rally Sport with a 327, given how many of these I see at car shows modified into big-block firebreathers with an SS badge in the center of the grille. At least, this RS is still badged as having a 327; that reverse-scooped hood could be hiding something larger.
Chevy’s refresh in ’69 sure resulted in a sleeker, more muscular look. But there’s something pure about the original ’67 and ’68 look, side-marker lights or no.