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1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« on: February 22, 2024, 01:01:36 AM »
Just an interesting fact I noticed the other day.

There were more 1968 396 BB SS Camaros than small block 350 SS Camaros .

Strange to think about that.  I would never have thought that would be true!!   :o 8)

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2024, 02:05:27 AM »
I would say thatís an erroneous statement because the small block was only available in just one hp rating. The 396 had 4 different versions.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2024, 03:24:44 AM »
I would say thatís an erroneous statement because the small block was only available in just one hp rating. The 396 had 4 different versions.

I don't see how that is erroneous. Add up all the 4 versions of BB available and compare it to the one small block version available as an SS. There you go, more big block SS than small block SS in 1968.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2024, 12:00:12 PM »
Actually, there were only 3 different 396 engines in 1968, L34, L35, & L78. The L89 was a cyl head option that could've been ordered with the L78 engine....Joe
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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2024, 12:54:24 PM »
Actually, there were only 3 different 396 engines in 1968, L34, L35, & L78. The L89 was a cyl head option that could've been ordered with the L78 engine....Joe

Nope. You have to add the 272 L89 engines and the 4575 L78 together. It also has it's own engine suffix code, MT vs MQ.

Show me a 1968 WS that has both L78 and L89 options on it and I will change my mind.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2024, 03:50:00 PM »
I will Bite:

From a Marketing point of view, the 396 was competition (?) <Timing??> to the introduced Mustang 390 (GT/GTA), unfortunately I bet the Stang BB cars smoked the Camaro as far as quantities.  The Vintage ads seem to promote the Super Sports in general in 1968, there is a great variety and often the internal Big Brther was included (Vette).

OK Post up your 68 Ads I have a BUNCH hanging in the Garage being a 68 Guy at Heart.
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2024, 04:00:14 PM »
From a Marketing point of view, the 396 was competition to the introduced Mustang 390 , unfortunately I bet the Stang BB cars smoked the Camaro as far as quantities.  T

Well, the Mustang had a 3 year head start at developing a following, and lets not forget, it was heavily marketed toward women so they got a huge push in sales with the females.

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2024, 06:22:05 PM »
I would say thatís an erroneous statement because the small block was only available in just one hp rating. The 396 had 4 different versions.

Well, I don't know what your point is.

It is a fact that there were more small block SS Camaros than BB SS Camaros in 1968.
IT doesn't matter what horsepower ratings were.
So you are More likely to find a BB SS 68 than a SB SS 68 Camaro.

My statement was NOT erroneous in any way.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2024, 06:25:08 PM »
From a Marketing point of view, the 396 was competition to the introduced Mustang 390 , unfortunately I bet the Stang BB cars smoked the Camaro as far as quantities.  T

Well, the Mustang had a 3 year head start at developing a following, and lets not forget, it was heavily marketed toward women so they got a huge push in sales with the females.
Very True!  My Mom bought a Mustang in 1966.   :o :o :)

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2024, 06:46:32 PM »
I would say thatís an erroneous statement because the small block was only available in just one hp rating. The 396 had 4 different versions.

I don't see how that is erroneous. Add up all the 4 versions of BB available and compare it to the one small block version available as an SS. There you go, more big block SS than small block SS in 1968.

You are correct!  My point was not how many Camaros with different horse power ratings.  Thanks.  Tim  :)

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2024, 06:50:15 PM »
CRG is Awesome!!  Great info.

 

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2024, 08:12:39 PM »
Are we soon done with the mine is bigger then yours BS?
Doug  '67 RS/SS 396 auto I know the car since new

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2024, 08:20:53 PM »




It is a fact that there were more small block SS Camaros than BB SS Camaros in 1968.

My statement was NOT erroneous in any way.
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Quoted for irony!
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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2024, 10:28:10 PM »
oops  :)  That's what happens when I type to fast and don't proof read.  Oh the irony.  lol

Correction below.  hahaha!!


It is a fact that there were more Big block SS Camaros than Small block SS Camaros in 1968.
IT doesn't matter what horsepower ratings were.
So you are More likely to find a BB SS 68 than a SB SS 68 Camaro.

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Re: 1968 Big block VS small block SS cars
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2024, 10:38:14 PM »
Are we soon done with the mine is bigger then yours BS?

No, it's     BB    and    SB . . .   NOT BS...   ;) ;)

 

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