396 Included: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS

This 1968 Camaro RS is by no means the worst that we’ve ever seen here at Barn Finds, but it is still going to require a lot of work if it is to grace our roads once again. With no rear end, it is not a roller. However, that might not be an issue for the right buyer. It currently sits on a heavy-duty tilt trailer, and the owner will include this in the sale for an additional $2,500. The Camaro is located in Mesa, Arizona, and has been listed for sale here on Craigslist. It can be all yours for $5,000. I have to say a huge thank you to Barn Finder rex m for spotting the RS for us.

The owner of the Camaro is pretty honest and open about its condition. He does say that it will require floors and rear quarter panels. There is no information on the state of items like the frame rails, but I suspect that we can place a question mark over the rear ones. The view isn’t clear, but I can see what appears to be some rust issues through the rear wheel openings. This is a car where it seems that what you see is essentially what you get. That means that there is a limited amount of trim and no glass of which to speak. This raises another point to consider. The top of the dash shows some significant corrosion, and this has also to make you wonder about the cowl’s state. These parts are readily available, but it will take a lot of work to cut away the rot and weld in the new steel.

There isn’t a lot to discuss when it comes to the Camaro’s interior because it doesn’t appear as though there is one. It looks like there is a shredded headliner, an incomplete dash, and little else. That means that the buyer will have to source everything, right down to seats and frames. When it comes to the drivetrain, it would be stating the obvious to say that there is no rear end. It isn’t clear whether there is a transmission, but the listing does include the word “automatic” under the item description. What we know for sure is that there is an engine. This is a 1968-vintage 396ci V8. I would say that it isn’t numbers-matching, but the owner states that it does run. Given how much work the buyer will potentially face with this car, it is nice to have some positive news to work with.

The person who takes on the restoration of this 1968 Camaro RS will have a mountain of work ahead of them. Given what we know will be required in the way of rust repairs, there will be many hours and dollars involved in whipping the bodyshell back into good physical shape before they even think about tackling paint, interior, or mechanical work. It may eventually be a fact of life that this car will act as a donor for another project. If the rust is too severe, another alternative would be to source a replacement shell and start the build process from scratch. I know that this would not be the preferred path for many people, but with a replacement shell available for under $14,000, at least the project would be commencing from a rust-free foundation. That means that there are some potential options to consider. What would your choice be?

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Comments

  1. GP Member

    Maybe the rear end just fell out ? Buy the engine and let them keep the rest.

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  2. DanaPointJohn

    I don’t understand any part of this. Why would anyone even consider buying this?

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    • Arthur

      That would really depend on who would be interested in buying this car. If a drag racer who owns his own shop was interested, it would be because he wanted to turn it into a race car.

      And since drag racers fabricate their own floors when building a race car, a lack of floors wouldn’t matter.

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  3. Arthur

    Adam Clarke wrote: “The person who takes on the restoration of this 1968 Camaro RS will have a mountain of work ahead of them.”

    Speaking for myself, I’m thinking that a standard restoration for this car is out of the question. In fact, given that a new floor would need to be fabricated, I see this as more of a candidate for a restomod conversion involving an Art Morrison or Roadster Shop chassis.

    Of course, media blasting would have to be done in order to see if the shell can be worked on. If not, a replacement shell would indeed be a good idea.

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  4. JCA

    Wow. This is a hot mess. Sounds like included engine is already in a different car? Cant imagine it’s in this shell. I guess the seller is to busy to write a decent ad

  5. Al

    I would guess this was a parts car and is now being sold because there aren’t any parts left.

    Like 1

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