1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

Mecum Harrisburg 2022
Wednesday, 27 July - Tuesday, 30 August
Sale Price
30 July 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 136378K196078. Grotto Blue with black vinyl roof over blue vinyl and cloth. 327/325hp, 4-speed, Hurst T-handle shifter, Torque Thrust wheels, Firestone red line tires, headers, steering column Sun tach, pushbutton radio, 4.10 Positraction, bench seat, Protect-O-Plate and Nickey Registry documented.

Evaluation: No power brakes or steering. Nickey-modified engine with intake manifold and Holley carburetor. Represented as matching numbers engine, documented. Excellent paint, chrome, interior, gauges, and vinyl roof. Clean, beautiful engine compartment. Underbody and chassis are restored like new. A multiple award winner in the mid-teens and still better than new.

Bottom Line: Sold by Mecum at Indy in 2011 for $48,760, at Chicago in 2015 for $56,100 and offered at Kissimmee in 2020 where it was bid to $50,000, this represents a high-water mark for this car, and probably for Nickey Chevelles in general. It is a special car and it brought a special price 30 percent or more over a standard Chevelle 396/325hp in comparable condition.

by Rick Carey
12 August 2022
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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