Original 327: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

I can think of plenty of reasons why buying a project car like this 1967 Camaro Convertible could be a wise move. It is a complete classic that runs and drives. The engine bay features its original V8, and the parts required to return it to its former glory are readily available. The icing on this cake is that with values continuing to climb, it is a car that could represent a fantastic long-term investment. If I have put forward some arguments that are too compelling to ignore, you will find the Camaro located in East Aurora, New York, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. A single bid of $12,500 has started the ball rolling in what is a No Reserve auction.

If you ignore the aftermarket wheels, this Ermine White Camaro appears to be an original and unmolested classic. The buyer will be faced with the task of tackling a complete restoration, but the starting point for this undertaking looks pretty good. There is the rust that we’ve come to know and “love” in areas like the lower rear quarters and rockers, but this is not particularly extensive. The frame rails are said to be structurally sound, and I can’t spot any nasty surprises lurking around the cowl. The floors have accumulated a collection of pinholes, and the trunk pan is slightly worse. So I suspect that the buyer will probably replace these to achieve a high-quality restoration. The frame is present for the soft-top, but the top itself is gone. The external trim looks like it would respond well to some polish, but a new windshield will need to be added to the shopping list due to the massive crack present in the existing one.

Lifting the Camaro’s hood reveals the numbers-matching 327ci V8 and the Powerglide transmission. This is the L30 version of the V8, so the buyer can expect it to produce 275hp. The Powerglide will knock the edge off outright performance, but the Camaro should still romp through the ¼ mile in 16.6 seconds. To gain an insight into the impact that the Powerglide has, consider that if you were to swap that for either the 3-speed or 4-speed manual, the same journey would take 15.4 seconds. The owner says that the Convertible runs and drives, and you can tell in this photo that the 327 is spinning away quite merrily. The car is running off a fuel can at present, which suggests that the fuel system will require some attention if the vehicle is to be returned to a roadworthy state.

I’ve said in the past that one of the few drawbacks of owning a classic convertible is that it is difficult to hide any interior shortcomings. That is the case with this Camaro. It appears that a few dash pieces are missing, but the overall impression is that the whole thing needs to be stripped and gone through with a fine-toothed comb. The starting point will almost certainly be a trim kit, and the price will depend on the buyer’s sense of taste and whether they are seeking to complete a faithful restoration. The Trim Tag indicates that the interior featured Red Standard trim with no headrests, and matching kits are easy to find. A basic kit will cost the buyer around $800, but a complete kit will push that price to approximately $1,200. If the buyer isn’t fixed on originality, they could opt for a Deluxe kit, which would increase these figures. However, it is still affordable, and it is this affordability and availability of parts that make cars like the 1st Generation Camaro an attractive proposition as a project car.

I admit that this 1967 Camaro Convertible has me scratching my head. It is a solid and complete classic that offers a lot of promise as a project car. Compared to many similar vehicles that we’ve seen in the past here at Barn Finds, its rust issues appear relatively minor. It confuses me because, from the time the owner listed the vehicle, it took almost exactly one day for the sole bid to be submitted. A further two days have passed with no other action, although 71 people are watching the listing. Maybe some of those individuals are waiting until the last moment to stake their claim. Are you tempted to join them?

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Comments

  1. Ralph

    What is wrong with the sellers? This should be priced at 85K for asking price.
    (just kidding!) Very nice to see one for sale at a reasonable price. Will take a lot to bring back, but at least it is not a 35K non running, rusted, engine missing hulk that has been under water literally….Thank you seller!

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  2. Scott L.

    The Andy Granatelli Tuneup Masters sticker brings back a few memories.

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  3. Mark

    Another camaro, how original.

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    • robert

      Another whiner….how original.

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      • Mark

        Big difference between commenting about another run of the mill Camaro than whining Mr. Vaginal Bloodfart.

        Like 2
    • robert

      True, but you’re post would be classified as simply whining, and much less about merely commenting. Your comment is more thumb-sucking than anything else….no go…you’re dismissed.

      Like 4
      • Mark

        OK douche

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      • Mark

        Sure it is douche.

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  4. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    If my pockets were lined with $100.00 bills and my wallet full of the same, my bank account loaded then I would buy this car just for fun and restore it to a very nice finish. I have no use for one that’s done so well it cannot be driven, but a beautiful restored daily driver is always a head turner and conversation piece. That’s all for now.
    God bless America

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    • Claudio

      I am lucky enough to have the funds to restore this but simply have no interest in dealing with the lying people !
      Bodywork, mecanic, electric are all out for easy money now!
      So you start with a $5k estimate and finish at 12k and he has been good to you he says !
      I look at these cars now and i will buy a newer one just to save myself the aggravation …

    • Dins74 Member

      Touche Señor Johnmloghry. I am with you on that

      and yes God Bless America

  5. AMCFAN

    Reading the title I see the text buying this could be a wise move. For who? You must be thinking a kid in their 20’s right? Think about why young guys are not in the old car hobby. Someone older in their mid thirties? Takes two to make a go of it anymore with kids, rent and car payments.

    For the kid spend ones life savings to obtain said wore out needing everything project. No normal bank will finance a 1960’s dead car. Hard to work at McDonalds or entry level job and afford the gas to run it now not to mention how much money it would take to be reliable. No junk yards to support. It’s all 1-800 build a GM catalog. Which from the nice wheels this rag has been sitting since the 1990’s.

    Would take years for a young guy saving and building as he goes. Sadly the older established guy with family doesn’t get any better. With kids growing up/sports to job loss eventually divorce. Most likely will always be sitting unfinished.

    No wonder kids with little means can drive and enjoy Honda Civics. Buy parts on the internet. Watch Youtube videos and do junk yard swaps all day on the cheap and end up having a mighty fine little performance car that if kept out of Vtec mode will get them 40 mpg. The older guys can just buy a new Mustang or Challenger. Drive it daily. When something goes wrong let the dealer take care of it. In the long run way cheaper.

  6. Melton Mooney

    Softspot here for the L30 when paired with the 4-speed.

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