Running Barn Find: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

The supply of good barn finds shows no signs of letting up in the foreseeable future, and this is excellent news for any enthusiast searching for a project car. This 1967 Camaro is a perfect example because when it was recently dragged from a shed after years of inactivity, what was revealed was a structurally sound vehicle that should represent a straightforward restoration. The owner has coaxed it back to life and has listed it for sale here on eBay. Located in Utica, New York, the Camaro has generated plenty of interest since it has gone on the market. Thirty-five bids have pushed the price to $16,000. The reserve has been passed, so the new home is just around the corner for this beauty.

When I see cars like this Marina Blue Camaro, I often wonder what the story is behind them. The owner says that the car has always been garage-kept but that it has been parked since 2006. Once brought out into the light of day, what has emerged is a strikingly solid classic. The underside has a coating of surface corrosion, but the floors and frame rails appear to have avoided any penetrating rust. Photos of the Camaro’s exterior indicate that this could be a rust-free vehicle because there are no visible problems in the lower body extremities or the cowl. That opens the possibility for the buyer to treat the Camaro to a thorough clean and then drive it as a survivor. Most of the exterior trim is present, and its condition ranges from good to restorable, while I can’t spot any dramas with the glass.

Decoding the VIN for this Camaro indicates that it rolled off the production line equipped with a 6-cylinder engine and a manual transmission. It appears that a previous owner performed a transplant because the engine bay is now occupied by a 350ci V8 and an automatic transmission. Those upgrades should provide an enormous performance boost to the Camaro, although the specifications of the small-block are a mystery. It does wear headers, but whether this was to improve the engine’s power output or the noise generated by the 350 is open to a guess. From a positive perspective, the owner has managed to get the Camaro to a state where it runs and drives. The bottle perched in the engine bay suggests that it is running off an external fuel source, so it might take some work before the car could be considered to be roadworthy. For prospective buyers looking for a blank canvas project for a custom build, this could be a good one. They might choose to retain and upgrade the existing V8 or decide to slot something else into the engine bay. Regardless of which path they choose, they can’t be accused of destroying a numbers-matching survivor, which is always good for the conscience.

The interior of the Camaro provides a surprise or two for prospective buyers. The owner notes that the radio is missing, the door trims are tired, and the headliner has a few holes. Beyond those issues, it looks surprisingly good. The front seats show some stretching, but the covers are free from rips, tears, or significant wear. The carpet looks remarkably good, while the dash and pad have no problems. Locating a trim kit would be easy, but it would be throwing away good money unless a buyer is seeking perfection. A door panel set will cost the buyer around $240, while a new headliner will add $110 to the total. With those items installed and a radio slotted into the dash, the inside of the Camaro would be pretty presentable for a driver-quality car.

I believe that this 1967 Camaro shows a lot of promise, and it is proof positive that there are still some excellent classics languishing in barns just waiting to be uncovered. The photos that the owner provides paint a positive picture, but there is one other aspect of this listing that would make me seriously consider submitting a bid. The owner not only welcomes in-person inspections, but he actively encourages them. That indicates that he feels that there is nothing to hide with this promising pony car. That’s why if you are searching for a project to tackle, this Camaro is one worth serious consideration.

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Comments

  1. nycbjr Member

    They left the clutch pedal after swapping the tranny? That shifter looks like a manual lol

    Like 10
  2. Bmac777 Member

    Why bother spending the time/money switching the pedal assembly if it’s your car and it’s not an issue for you?
    Most times these swaps are done, the dead clutch pedal is left there in case you want to swap back, or as an option for a future owner, or you just don’t care.

    Like 8
    • Steve R

      You don’t need to switch the assembly, just pull the pin the pedal pivot on, drop them out, then insert an automatic pedal. it takes less than 5 minutes.

      Steve R

      Like 15
  3. piston poney

    id fix whatever need to be fixed, brakes gas tank fuel line ets, carefully wet sand and buff the pain and drive it

    Like 6
  4. Pookie Jamie

    This example is waaaay better than that $30k hot mess from a previous post. Last saw it never sold. I have it on my watchlist to see what’s going to happen to it. Still sits on my watch list and I sent the seller a dirty message to match his dirty X44. The saga continues. As for this car, at least it’s running n driving and looks a hell of a lot more presentable. Good luck with the sale

  5. Art

    This glas-pak’d hulk shows every sign of having been abused… J.C. Whitney screw on gage package (check)… radio theft option (check)… special Hurst “phallic” shifter (check)… retread seat covers (check)… and if that wasn’t enough it hails from the tri-state area… rust capital of the known universe.

    67 is a great year for Camaro. But man oh man…

    I know it was a typo, but @piston poney was right… anyone who buys this is going to “buff the pain.”

    Like 5
  6. Steve Clinton

    I’ll take the ’63 Corvair.

    Like 2
  7. George Louis

    I am no Camaro expert. but there is too much rubber fuel line for the gas filter routing. For the “Buff the pain” take two aspirins and repost on E Bay Motors in the morning.

  8. Kenn

    JC Whitney gauges? Guess if you can’t afford the best of the best you shouldn’t be a collector car fan. Or hang out with some of the snobs here.

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