Matching Numbers 350: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS

The owner of this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS openly admits that the car is going to need a full restoration, but given the fact that it appears to be a complete and matching-numbers car, it may well be worth the effort. It is located in Ocala, Florida, and is listed for sale here on Craigslist. The sale price for the Camaro has been set at $11,900.

The original Nantucket Blue paint is looking pretty tired, and there is rust that will need to be attended to. This can be found in the usual spots such as the rockers, lower quarter panels, and a few spots in the fenders. However, it is not as extensive as we’ve seen on some cars, and the quarters, in particular, look like they might be able to be repaired with patches rather than full panel replacement. Of course, with no photos or information about the floors, we’re flying a bit blind in that area.

The march of time has not been particularly kind to the Camaro’s interior, but probably the most important factor to consider is that in spite of the sad state that it’s in, it does appear to be complete. The vast majority of the trim items will require re-upholstering or replacement, but it looks like some of the crucial items such as the center console are in pretty reasonable condition. If the next owner chooses to restore the Camaro to its original specifications, there’s no doubt that the blue-on-blue combination will produce a very attractive car.

This is the one spot in the listing that is slightly confusing. The owner says that this is a matching-numbers car with a 350ci V8, but that the engine is not in the car. That begs the question of what we are looking at in this photo. He doesn’t mention anything about the state of the engine, but we do know that with the combination of a 295hp 350ci engine and a 4-speed manual transmission, the Camaro RS/SS was a potent little performer. Back in 1967, any car that could sprint from 0-60mph in under 6 seconds was a car that deserved respect. Not only was this within the car’s abilities, but it could also cover the ¼ mile in 14.5 seconds. That’s none too shabby.

I am the first to admit that this 1967 Camaro RS/SS is in need of a full restoration, but on the surface, it does look to be a promising prospect. If it is relatively sound, and if it truly is a matching-numbers car, then the time and effort could well be justified. You can find examples out in the market at the moment for around the $30,000 mark, but if you want a really nice one, then you need to be prepared to part with at least $40,000. If restored to original, this car would be finished in one of the most popular color combinations, and that might make it worth the effort.

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Comments

  1. Gaspumpchas

    WTF couldn’t the guy clean the trash out of it, does he expect it to sell with the lack of pics of the underbelly and floors? Says he has the orig 350. Needs professional inspection. No attempt to make he car saleable. SMFH. Good luck to the new owner, Caveat emptor, done this would be drop dead gorgeous!
    Cheers
    GPC

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    • Mike

      Um, you do know it’s a Craig’s List ad? The laziest people advertise there. I’m surprised that the pictures aren’t blurry and description is more than 1 sentence long.

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  2. Matt steele

    Think I’d choose be inclined to buy a better representation..at $12,000 you would be close to $30,000 into it before you were done..

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    • Superdessucke

      30k? Can you post the name of your restoration shop? LOL! I think 30k get you the car and a painted body here.

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      • Tom Member

        Superdessucke…..THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!

        Forget the money to buy the car, the resto done right, not even concours, will be 60-80K.

        I am outside of Chicago. You are right, 30K…depending on rust, would get the body and paint done….and done right. 10K in any shop around here will get you one thing…..sick to your stomach because of what a crappy job 10K gets you.

        Now, if you are an expert in paint and body, different story.

        Drivetrain, brakes, and electrical 25K+. Paint and body 20K+. Interior, what…10K? Wheel & Tires. new emblems, gaskets, trim, rechroming, replacing…..10K?

        If you to do a half baked job and call it “better” I guess…. whatever…..I am talking about a #1 driver done really well and correctly. Concours will put you over 6 figures for sure.

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    • Tom

      The 67 SS came with a 350 engine which had a 4bbl. This engine has a 2 bbl on it. This Camaro needs to be looked at closely.

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  3. Robin

    That 295 hp is SAE, not net, and the 427 CPO produced only 270 something net HP, doing the 1/4 mile at 104 mph or so.

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  4. Chris M.

    Viable resto candidate but certainly there’s more than one question that remains. The ad is wholy lackluster which is on par with alot of the C.L. listings. I can say based on what we can see that $11k is a bit aggressive in terms of pricing. I see a $7000 Camaro. After a ‘correct’ resto you’d be about even on the investment/value ratio!

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    • Jeff Dotterer

      Everybody always wants to take the restored value of a car, take a shot at the restoration cost, and deduct that from the restored value, and that is what they think the car is worth. That is most definitely NOT how it works. The market of good rebuildable cars and the people looking for them set it’s value, and while you might be thinking it will cost you big bucks at a restoration shop, the guy behind you is thinking he’s going to restore it himself, and some of them are really capable of it, and do it for half of your figure, so for him, it’s really worth the money. Also, the guy who restores one and comes in under it’s value is a rare animal indeed. Got to do it for the love of the car, not it’s current value, and if you are looking for matching number $7k Camaros, you might have a very long serch.

      • Chris M

        Point well taken and I can agree with what you’re saying as I’ve seen a few friends rebuild cars far worse than this in their home garage and yes it’s a huge savings in shop labor cost. But there are many in the market with little to no skill set who would farm the project out to be restored. At $80-$100/hr labor rate you walk past market value on a car like this pretty quickly. As you said, it’s a labor of love not a true investment with margin return. If you can live with knowing you’ll be at best breaking even if not underwater, then have fun.

  5. JoeMac Joe Mac Member

    I’m all in for $6k after a full inspection. This car needs to be done correctly and that’s going to require a fat wallet in this case. That’s just me. Someone will imagine the end result enough to fork over $11k. Good luck to the seller. Would love to see this car after a full resto.

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  6. Rosco

    Drop at least $50K on a restoration and end up with a $40,000 car?? Sounds like a great idea! High dollar Camaro market is pretty much over other than Yenko, COPO, etc.

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  7. 38ChevyCoupeGuy Member

    Is that a Michigan tag? Buyer may want very detailed description and lots of pictures before pushing the buy button, don’t let the Florida selling location sway the mind to think this is sun fade, normal wear and abuse ,and fry your dreams of fixing usual rust problems. Look twice but once. Lol

  8. TimM

    The external rust coming through the primer makes me believe this car has been in the weather for quite a while!!! It’s a little worrisome to me of what the bottom might look like!! The rear quarters are in primer as well!! Could be packed with bondo!!

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  9. Rosco

    Not a Yenko or COPO. Even concourse restoration it’s not a 6 figure car!

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  10. Jmac

    I paid a lot less for my #s matching 67 RS/SS and it an Arizona car that was brought at Brown & Brown 12/66 been in AZ all its life have all maintenance documents and original Print -O- Plate and title shows car being built 7/66. Mine runs and drives still no rust paint is super faded Marina Blue.

  11. Rod

    A lot of you guys never seem to surprise me.
    First of all a Concord restoration? These cars we’re not even close to a Concorde restoration when they rolled off of the assembly line .
    Lacquer paint, overspray on the cowl panels where they painted the firewalls black.
    I don’t care how good you are you can never get one to look as bad as it did from the factory. When you pay for Concord you’ve got the money to spend anyway. Make up your mind what you want . A slick base/clear job or and original looking restoration.
    Now for the everyday car guy . If you just did a little body work , cleaned these cars up a little maybe 5-$600 worth of glass blasting and put it in sealer you would double or triple your money . It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel if you have never restored one .
    you’ve heard horror stories of bodyshops , you think you know what it takes . Most bodyshops would put this car in bodyshop prison and you wouldn’t see it for years .
    It needs the work and if you know how to do it you know what a Diamond it is , if you can’t see the big picture or can’t do the work , leave
    it alone because apparently all bodyshop want a million dollars to do it . Hope I didn’t ruffle anyones feathers but I don’t walk on egg shells or sugar coat .

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