Needs Finishing: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS350

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What to make of Chevrolet’s Camaro. It endured a continuous run from 1967 through 2002. It made a return in 2009 as a 2010 model and wearing a retro-styled ’69 theme. At the end of this year, 2023, it’s Sayonara again, but will it return once more? Maybe, but I hate to think as what. Anyway, through it all, Chevy seemed to get it the most right with the first-gen (’67-’69) like this 1967 SS350 example. It seems, regardless of condition, these are where the real interest, and $$$, are. This one is a project, it’s located in Assaria, Kansas, and is available, here on eBay for a current bid of $22,500 with the reserve not yet met.

I’ll dispense with the Camaro archeology, that’s been covered extensively on this website and many others. The seller identifies this car as an SS350 and it looks like it has the proper componentry. The VIN won’t identify the particulars, a build sheet would be necessary for that. The seller tells us, “It still has its original paint or what’s left of it. It has one little rust spot on the passenger side rear quarter you can see in the picture. The body is extremely solid. I have new fender emblems and NOS rocker trim“. The floors and trunk pan appear to be solid and the lower extremities of the body panels aren’t indicating perforation – a real problem with these first-gen cars. It seems to be pretty complete with either its already installed parts or those that accompany the sale. It is mentioned that the windshield and the reveal moldings will have to be sourced.

The original engine would have been a 295 gross HP 350 CI V8 and this car is sporting a 350 but it’s not disclosed if it is the born-with RPO L48 powerplant. This motor has been juiced with a new carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, different heads (305?), a mild cam, and headers. It is claimed to run well on an engine stand. Backing up the engine is a rebuilt, wide-ratio Muncie four-speed manual transmission, and backing that up is a twelve-bolt rear axle, likely the original and correct piece for an SS350 model. Also mentioned are new brakes, fuel lines, and a fuel tank.

The interior is a real weak spot. As the seller states, it’s a “Deluxe” interior but needs to be redone. The seat frames are present but what’s currently covering them will obviously have to go. He claims that he has all of the parts – including the wiring. Nice to learn is that the heater core has been replaced – they can sometimes be a bear to swap.

So, what’s next for Chevrolet’s vaunted Camaro nameplate? I found it curious that the model was dropped in 2002 because Chevrolet marketers claimed there was no viable market, any longer, for a car of this nature. Well maybe the way they were building them, Ford clearly felt differently and the bowtie essentially gave the pony car market to them. The current sixth-gen (2016-2023) Camaro hasn’t been a raging sales success so I imagine if the venerable name is recycled, it will be on something way different than the character that comprised either this first-gen car or the current version. It’s probably subjective, but like movies, it seems that the first edition is usually the best, and sequels, well, they’re just reruns. And with that thought, a ’67 Camaro SS350 will probably be eternally popular, continually reminding car guys and girls of what was once available, simply for the asking.

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    Lot more car here than the above Mustang. Still might be pretty pricey but you aren’t starting with junk.

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    • Yblocker

      What “above” Mustang?

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  2. Johnny Cuda

    I believe that is an RS/SS 350. The RS package included the hideaway lights and the parking lights/turn indicators down low. It also included the backup lights in the rear valance below the bumper as opposed to in the taillights. My brother owns a 1967 Camaro RS/SS350. He has owned it for for over 45 years.

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    • Jim ODonnellAuthor

      It is.

      JO

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      • Danielle M Buurma

        any under carriage pics? open trunk pics , dash pics , is engine currently running installed?

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      • Jim ODonnellAuthor

        Check the listing, there are plenty of images. Contact the seller about the engine.

        JO

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  3. DW

    Currently at $23K and the reserve not met? Might be ok if the car didn’t need work. Also the engine has the alternator on the wrong side; for 1967 it should be on the driver side. Seller has a strong case of Barrett-Jacksonitis/Mecumitis.

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    • George Mattar

      The sixth generation Camaro doesn’t sell because it is butt ugly. Can’t wait til it goes away for good. This is a project no matter how much work was done. Parts are missing for sure. Seller is way optimistic.

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  4. Memphis

    I’ve had on the past 2 of these in the mid 70’s. The second was a 230 six wwith a four speed . You know back then in Arizona those cats were cheap. Aftermarket parts non existent. A lot of junk yard crawling. I drove some of the hottest back then. I honestly think muscle cars were absolutely awful.dangerous to drive hard. They were big, up under braked, sleds.I lost a couple pals in crashes. Idk.

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  5. Cooter CooterMember

    That’s an SS/RS unless someone added that grille. I owned a black 67 RS/SS with L79 code 327/350hp 4 speed. That’s the one that I should’ve kept.
    This car is definitely a true SS with the straight red tail light and backup lights down low.

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  6. JOHN M.STECZ

    The stamped plate on the firewall will tell you a lot about what the car is and what it came from the factory with,especially on the 1967

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  7. Danielle M Buurma

    Um , I see 4 images ?? no under carriage photos or truck inside or dash .. ? How can we get more images ? please thank you

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    • Jim ODonnellAuthor

      Click on the link for the listing and look at the actual eBay listing.

      JO

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      • 370zpp 370zppMember

        Jim, you have an inexhaustible supply of patience.

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  8. Melton Mooney

    Hmmm…mono-leaf springs.

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