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Basement Find: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

It amazes us some of the places people have stored cars. Places like barns, garages, and storage units make sense, as they were designed to house vehicles, but there are some places you just don’t think of storing a car. One place that we’ve never thought of storing a car is the basement, but that’s where reader Dave L found his 1967 Camaro, granted it was a partial basement.

As it turns out, the previous owner bought the car with the plan of swapping out the original 230 cui straight six for a big block V8, but never got around to it. Many of the six cylinder cars have had their original engine swapped for a V8, making the originality of this car refreshing. The car looks to be in great condition and the story of being a basement find would be a great conversation piece at most car shows.

Dave say he is “going to go through the brakes, clean the gas tank, change the oil, tune it up and drive it as much as possible, as is!” The six cylinder might not produce a lot of power, but it’s a solid engine and we think Dave’s plan is a good one. Why ruin a good thing when you can enjoy it just the way it is without the expense and headache of an engine swap? Our special thanks to Dave for sharing his find with us and we wish him the best luck with his basement find.


  1. Paul

    I applaud Dave for leaving it stock, as a 6, also want to add that the car will handle better because of the lighter motor.

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  2. Bill Paulson

    That’s the ticket. Drive it as is forever and ever with the bulletproof 6 (and probably Powerglide?) .I would actually take off the rally stripe. Looks weird on a plain jane Camaro.
    It would just be a fun car to work on and keep up. DIY!
    Parts are plentiful and it runs perfectly well without the aid of computers.

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  3. Lemble

    Nothing runs as good or as long as a straight six, any brand will do.

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  4. scot c

    ~ total agreement. if it’s as original as it appears and as Dave says there is no reason to screw it up. lots of cut up cars out there if you want to build a hotrod. i doubt if there are any original six cylinder, four speed cars left out there but i’d take one in any condition.

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  5. Butch Fortney

    I used to own a 1967 Rally Sport, only modification, put 1978, 350 cid. Motor, and a Muncie M22, 4 speed I loved that car!!!

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  6. JP

    Great looking car, and glad he’s keeping the straight six, but I’m really curious about how they got this thing in and out of the basement…

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  7. Erik Hawkins

    I agree leave as is 6 and all! Not many of those left! I liked the 67 ragtop earlier with the 6! Don’t get me wrong, love the muscle but love stock! That is one rare ride!

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  8. Wayne Norman

    I thought 67’s all had “Astro Ventilation” and no vent windows?

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    • Marc. C.

      Astro ventilation came out in 68, that’s when the vent windows were deleted.

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  9. Al Neri

    These were really good cars. A 1968 Camaro with a 250 straight six was the most reliable car I’ve ever owned. I bought it in 1982 for $1,100 and put 40,000 miles on it over the next 4 years. The radiator was the only repair I ever had to make aside from normal maintenance. (I wish I could say the same for my Honda Pilot.) I got $600 for it in 1986 when it had 160k miles.

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  10. Catfishphil

    Saw a ’68 or so Camaro here with the 250-6 and three on the tree transmission. It was very original (except for the white, plastic fluorescent light fixture grid for a front grill).

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  11. Billy Brantingham

    There are lots of cool speed parts for the Chevy 250…

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  12. Mat Rogers

    i am currently restoring a 69 camaro with a 235 straight 6, its been alot of work but its worth it. its a good thing im 17 ill have alot of fun with it

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  13. mark

    Leave it just the way it is.

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  14. Webby

    A set of rally wheels & that’s it for me. Never been a fan of the dog dish/poverty pack look.

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  15. Gorzor

    Dog dish caps make it look like it could be a COPO car. Too bad there was not a 6 cylinder COPO version with high performance package. Sure would have surprised a bunch of people.

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