Enchanted Project: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

This 1967 Camaro Coupe was used as a drag car from 1969 until 1978. When its racing days were over, it went into storage, and it hasn’t turned a wheel in anger since. It is now on the market, and the next owner can choose to either return it to the track or restore it into a road car. Barn Finder Matt R spotted the Camaro for us, so thank you for that Matt. It is located in Washington, Pennsylvania, and is listed for sale here on Facebook. The owner is asking $12,500 for the Camaro.

The owner describes the body of the Camaro as being super clean, and this seems to be pretty fair. There might be some rust in the driver’s side rocker, but it otherwise appears to be quite solid. It has obviously been tubbed to house those huge tires, but reversing that would be no more difficult than undertaking a rust repair to the trunk floor and wheel housings. It isn’t clear whether all of the bolt-on panels are original, or if some of them might be fiberglass. Once again, replacing any that are fiberglass is no problem.

The owner points out that the Camaro is a roller, so the competition engine and transmission are long gone. The car is still fitted with a Dana 60 rear end, and this could either be used in the car if it returned to the road, or it could be sold. As for the rest of the drive-train, that is where the Camaro becomes an attractive proposition. This isn’t a numbers-matching classic, so that would allow the next owner to build the car to their own personal tastes.

Once that massive roll cage is out of the way, the interior doesn’t look to be that bad. The dash has been modified to fit some gauges, but it doesn’t look like the modifications have been too extreme. One real bonus is that it appears that the person who built the car might have had one eye on the future with the Camaro. Those side intrusion bars feed through the dash, but it looks like they go through the pre-existing holes where the air vents would originally have been, so the dash hasn’t been cut. While the wheel is quite worn, the dash pad and the rest of the interior trim that we can see looks to be pretty good, and could definitely be reused after a good clean.

This Camaro looks like a solid car, and it does have the potential to be a really good project car. It could easily be whatever the next owner wants it to be, and in my mind, I can see it returning to the road with some nice paint on the panels and a big block under the hood. What would you do?

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Comments

  1. CapNemo CapNemo

    A good Cleaning.

  2. Steve R

    Leave it as a race car. Like the previous response, clean it, then install an engine with vintage performance equipment. I don’t get why people think an old back halved race car could or should be returned to the street. It generally makes no sense at all. Even if someone wanted to show this car, it will stand out in its current configuration, with the addition of a proper engine, more so than a generic restored street car. Leave the paint, decals and class designation, it will be unique.

    Steve R

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  3. John Wilburn

    A cool old period built race car turned back into the same Camaro at every show…. no way! This car deserves a 70s style race engine with old school tunnel ram, remote electric water pump drive, painted headers, and all the stuff we don’t see much of anymore.

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  4. Dave

    Modified Production cars were all original bodies, so all steel…..

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  5. healeydays

    I have to agree. Bring that car back to it’s racing stable looks and have some fun with it. I even like the name, maybe not the tiger though. Could replace the tiger with a look from Suicide Squad’s enchantress.

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  6. Tort Member

    I like early Camaros but there are lots at shows and cruise nights. Agree, clean it up, put in a period correct big block.or a high winding small block and you have something fun and different than most.

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  7. Greg72

    Clean it, put on new rubber , a decent vintage (non -LS) engine and a 4 speed trans (with gear vendors O/D) Then drive the piss out of it! With a big smile on your face.

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  8. Bing

    I’m with Steve R. Live in Texas so a set of cheater slicks will allow you to actually license it, as long as proper lights etc, are reinstalled. A period piece that needs to be preserved.

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    • Steve R

      There is a guy at the local track with a 57, 150 business coupe that he started racing in the mid-60’s. It has the same paint as it did back then, most of the decals that date back to that era. It’s really cool, about the most modern part are the Cragar Super Tricks.

      There are a few guys running the same cars they ran in the late-50’s, but the cars have been repainted and updated to the point that they have lost most of their nostalgic flavor.

      Steve R

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  9. TimM

    I don’t think it’s a bad deal if you want to go to vintage drag races!!

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