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383 V8 Transplant: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS

Some consider the 1967-69 Camaro to be a hastily prepared response to the highly successful Ford Mustang. Things would change with the 1970 edition which would be an all-new car from the ground up. It debuted mid-year as there were delays in getting the car ready for production, but once underway the new platform would continue for 12 years. This ’70 version has the Rally Sport option (RPO Z22) and a new motor, a 383 “Stroker” V8. Located in McCook, Nebraska, this Chevy won’t pass for a show car but more as a solid running project (in the seller’s words). It’s available here on eBay where the bidding has reached $7,100 but not the reserve.

Output for 1970 would be half that of 1969, but that was partly due to the latter having a 15-month production run. Some folks refer to the 1970 models as ’70 ½ editions, but that’s not accurate as they were all registered as 1970s. About the only thing that wasn’t changed was the wheelbase as the new Camaro would be longer, lower, and wider than its predecessors. The design took greater advantage of the long hood/short deck look that was characteristic of “pony cars.” The interior of the 1970 Camaro also looked different, redesigned with a new dashboard, console, and other interior trim.

More than 27,000 buyers opted for the Rally Sport option at $169. Rather than using hideaway headlights, the new RS package included a distinctive nose and bumper treatment, round front parking lights, hidden windshield wipers, and other assorted trim. The RS could be paired with the SS and Z28 as well as any other Camaro. The seller’s car had the RS box checked along with a 350 cubic inch V8 and TH-350 automatic transmission. The 383 is where the 350 once was and the transmission has been both rebuilt and modified for better performance. The old engine comes as part of the deal.

Though we’re told the car runs fine, the seller suggests that the carburetor be rebuilt and the starter needs some shims. Instead of a 9-bolt rear-end, a 10-bolt is there that has posi-traction. The factory A/C was put back in when the engine was swapped, but it apparently needs work as there is no belt attached. We’re told there is some rust in the rear frame rails and there could be more, but the photos provided aren’t the best. The interior is described as okay, but the bucket seats have aftermarket covers and the top of the back seat has cracked and started to peel away.

If you’re looking for an original second-generation Camaro to restore, this might not be the best candidate. But if you want one with what might be a decent body and some extra pizzazz under the hood, this car could ring some of the right bells. The seller hates to sell this car and debated long and hard to do so. Better strike before he/she changes his/her mind!


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    These cars really look like they can take care of business, especially with modifications. This is going to make a great car if restored properly.

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  2. Mark G

    My buddy owned a 70-1/2 it was listed right on the title 70-1/2it was a SS with the 402 big block

  3. Martinsane

    Having owned a 70 1/2 RS I love this.

    The steering wheel is not correct for 1970 however. Must be a later year 74? Ish wheel.

  4. mainlymuscle

    No pics of the lower body,or undercarriage by design ?
    A rust free RS will never sell for less than $20k in today’s market.

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  5. Ed Casala

    That motor has less than 500 miles on it? Looks like every component from the old motor was tossed back on without getting cleaned. 0
    Other than that, it would be an awesome project. Wonder what the reserve is?

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