Black Plate Survivor: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS

I have always had a soft spot for the early 1st Generation pony cars because I believe that the manufacturers got the styling of these cars absolutely spot-on. Cars like this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS are a case in point, because the styling is clean and sharp, and still looks good more than 50-years after it rolled off the showroom floor. This particular black plate Camaro has spent the majority of its life in Southern California, it has been kept in a garage, and it has never been driven in the rain. It is now also up for sale, so this is a chance to get hold of a classic that is in fantastic condition. The Camaro is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, and is listed for sale here on eBay. The owner has set a BIN price of $49,995 for the Camaro, but you could always try your luck by making an offer, as this option is also available.

Tahoe Turquoise was a good color choice for the Camaro, and the general condition of the paint on this one looks quite good. It does look like the paint on the hood and trunk lid has started to develop a “matte” finish that can develop with age and exposure to UV rays. It is also possible that this is some sort of photographic illusion, but a personal inspection would clarify this. Otherwise, the car presents well, with no obvious signs of rust. There are a few photos of the underside of the car provided by the owner, and it looks free of everything but a dusting of surface corrosion on some of the suspension components. The factory tinted glass looks good, as does the original vinyl top. To quote the owner, the car is solid and the doors close like a bank vault. I guess that you don’t get much stronger than that.

Climbing inside the Camaro is like climbing into a time machine. The only real fault that I can identify is faded carpet, which looks to have also folded over on the passenger side firewall. The rest of the interior is said to be original, and it is virtually faultless. I get the impression that the only time that the rear seat has ever been used was to capture this photo because it looks new. To help keep life a bit more enjoyable, the Camaro is fitted with factory air conditioning. Take the carpet fading out of the equation, and this really is close to perfect.

I love the days when car manufacturers would advertise their engine power on the engine itself. In this case, you get a 350ci V8 that produces 295hp. Completing the drive-train is a Powerglide transmission, power steering, and power brakes. As if things haven’t been good so far, the news that this is a numbers-matching car is really the icing on the cake. The owner says that the car runs and drives perfectly, and when I look at the overall condition of the car, I don’t find this at all surprising. The car comes with a healthy collection of documentation, including the Protect-O-Plate, Owner’s Manual, and the yearly Californian Registrations dating back to 1968.

When I was younger, seeing a Camaro of this era with huge wheels and the rear jacked sky-high really got our pulses racing. Today, it’s classics like this that are unmolested that have the same effect. This is a nice example, and with over 100,000 miles on the clock, it is a well-preserved car that you can drive without having to worry about just how much each mile will reduce the car’s value. This is an original survivor that is made to be driven and enjoyed I have no doubt that if I did drive it, then I’d certainly enjoy it. How about you?

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  1. dave brennan

    Wish I had kept my 69 conv. Sure could use a pile of cash!!

    Like 6
    • walt

      U think u feel bad, I cut loose y 69 Z28 in 74, gas was up 2 .35-.40 gal., gas lines around the stinking block, world was coming 2 a end! Just a stupid lil boy

      Like 5
    • stillrunners Stillrunners Member

      Agree with Steve….it would be refreshing to see the 67 flat caps….

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  2. Steve R

    It’s a nice car, but I’m not sure I see $50,000.

    I think they have tweaked it for sale. The 5,500 redline tach was used on hydraulic lifter big blocks, small blocks used a 5,000 redline tach. I’d assume the gauges were added to help drive up the price unless paperwork exists that shows they came in the car when new. The rally wheels have likely been added due to what looks like a drum brake master cylinder, if not, they are using later center caps. The seller says it’s never been driven in the rain, how would they know, they can’t. Museum quality is a stretch too. Definitely I could see it as part of a collection, but not on display in a museum.

    My issues aren’t with the car, but the seller. Their description, and resale prep.

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    • OhU8one2

      Is “Pot” now legal in all 50 states? Not only is the price high, somebody snuck into the stash.

      Like 1
  3. COPO

    Come on now it’s never been driven in the rain!!! LOL yes it has. Far from a museum piece IMHO

    Like 5
  4. ruxvette

    I agree the hubcaps look wrong, should be the flat ones. The master cylinder looks to be a two chamber so maybe it is a late ’68 with ’69 center caps?
    The price is mint SS/RS 4 speed price plus. Seems like a $35k max car to me.

    Like 5
    • moosie moosie

      ’68, ??? ad says its a ’67, which it certainly is. if you mean the center caps that were flat looking domes with two embossed rings around the circumference & the bowtie in the center that’d be wrong also, those caps came on cop cars. correct for this car if it left the factory with rallye wheels would be what also came on ’67 corvettes with rallye wheels similar to what it has on it now but with a much smaller center portion. surprised to see the a.i.r. pump still on it, leads me to believe that this camaro was treated gently for 52 years.

      Like 1
  5. wuzjeepnowsaab

    Shouldn’t this have a horseshoe shifter? My 67 did but maybe that was an option for an interior package

  6. Socaljoe

    50k for a. small block Camaro in need of paint? Do people on the east coast actually believe that cars aren’t driven In rain in California?

    Like 4
  7. Bo_Gus

    Good chance that “black plate” didn’t begin it’s life on that car, and it’s missing from the rear views so maybe something fishy.

    Like 1
  8. SC/RAMBLER

    Before I paid $50,000 for this I would add $10,000 more and buy that 30,000 miles 69 SC/RAMBLER from last year
    The price for this Camaro is outrageous. No way is it worth more than $20-25,000 just my opinion. Of course I think the prices on classic and antique cars is outrageous

    Like 3
  9. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Classmate had a 67 SS/RS 350 4 speed in HS. It was a beautiful car and performed well. This one is an attractive car but not sure about it being a $50K car.

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  10. JoeNYWF64

    No horseshoe shifter in ’67 – arrived a year later – on many chevies.
    New carpet will make a world of difference in that nice interior.
    I thought only 1st gen FIREBIRD v8’s got that insane exhaust system.
    I would think it’s very restrictive – 2nd gens only got the ridiculously heavy transverse muffler, mostly because of ground clearance issues. But the above car has 2 additional close to the ground mufflers! Makes no sense.
    The 90 degree turns in the pipes were the 1st to rust out – very quickly, next to the transverse muffler, even on single exhaust cars.
    The exhaust pipes on today’s pony cars do not “loop” over the rear axle, like on old cars. I wonder how many horsepower & decibles that is worth.
    When was the last time that front end was greased? Even if you wipe off all excess grease , there will be stains.
    Correct me if i am wrong, but weren’t most pony cars back then slightly higher in the front than in the back?
    In http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vZAAAOSwe~lcy4Fl/s-l1600.jpg
    that is a very strange looking what i think is an oil filter with a nut on the bottom!
    Possibly the cooling lines to the powerglide, & sway bar end links were replaced.

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  11. Ron

    67s still used the canister style oil filter like this one.
    No horseshoe shifter in 67. This one is correct.
    A lot of wrong info in the ad, must be a flipper.

    Like 1
  12. skibum2

    So glad I am too old ….. sold my ’67 RS/SS for $1800. Had to sell so I could buy the ’56 AC Ace.. Only paid $1500 for it…. I will not “invest” as the people who used to buy cars like this are getting up there, Had a great run at finding great cars… I will watch now and admire.. Stop light drag racing was so much FUN…

    Like 1
  13. John

    Never been rained on, but has it ever been farted in? That’s a deal breaker!

    Like 1
  14. 433jeff

    Well I probably would start at 50 also if it is that nice, and usually the blue ss/rs big blocks do it for me. I bet he drops his price because for most to drop 50 grand its Gutta have the big block. But someone probably is looking for this exact car in small block form and this may be the nicest one. We get stung by a certain bug and we look to replicate what works.

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