A while back reader Zach S. sent in a story about a 1967 Camaro which he unexpectedly found in the Arizona desert. A well-optioned first-generation Camaro is always a good thing, but the tale of its discovery is even better. So, here it is in his own words:
The story of the Camaro begins in June 2006. That’s when I found and met my birth mother in Arizona. At our first meeting, we shared stories and pictures. Once she found out I was into cars, she told me that my grandmother’s car was stored in the back yard under a tarp. I got my first look at the ’67 SS/RS Camaro! Stored in the Arizona desert for over 20 years, it was a time capsule.
My grandmother purchased it new in Los Angeles from Courtesy Chevrolet in 1967. She ordered it with the SS/RS package, 350 cubic inch 295 horsepower small block, rare bench seat, tinted windows, automatic on the column, air condition, power steering and hideaway headlights. “Granny” wanted a fast car, but she also wanted a comfortable car. She was the original little old lady from Pasadena.
When my mother passed away in 2008, I began to ask my brother if I could purchase the vehicle. In 2010 he called to say he was ready to sell it to me. I hired a company to ship it home to Virginia.
The car had never been titled outside of California. I have all the documentation on the car; from the diary grandmother kept, documenting when she went to order the car, to a letter from the salesman at Courtesy Chevrolet, thanking her for buying the car. I have the original keys and all the work receipts. But the best find was two speeding tickets from the same cop in the same month!
She had a few slight fender benders and it was repainted without the bumblebee stripe. My brother put a few dents in it as well. But we know how the car acquired all it bumps and bruises. The desert left its mark as well, with cracked rubber and vinyl. But it also preserved the sheet metal beautifully.
I am proud to have been entrusted by my family to restore this car to its original glory. The plan is to show and drive the car for a few years, then it will be passed on to my sister’s children for them to enjoy for generations to come. A barn find that’s all in the family!
Thanks for sharing this with us Zach. We wish you and your family the best of luck!