Original 327: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

It might look pretty battered and bruised, but this 1968 Camaro is a real surprise packet. Below the dings and dents, is a car with very few rust issues. It will need to be fully restored, but the buyer will be starting this process from a solid base. If you feel up to the challenge, you will find the Camaro located in Enumclaw, Washington, and listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding currently sits at $6,850, but the reserve isn’t met.

The Camaro rolled off the production line wearing Ash Gold paint, and it also featured a Black vinyl top. The paint has seen better days, and the owner removed the vinyl. This revealed one of the few rust problems with this car. Some holes have appeared in the steel under the vinyl, which is not that unusual. This will require repair, although the buyer could also choose to fit a new roof skin. These are available for under $300, and while fitting one can be time-consuming, at least they will know that they once again will have solid steel to work with. The Camaro has been in storage at its current location for around 25-years. It spent most of its active life in California, which has paid dividends when it comes to rust. The floors, frame, and trunk pan all wear a coating of surface corrosion. However, there seems to be no penetrating rust in evidence. The story would seem to be the same externally. All of the usually prone lower body extremities look particularly sound, meaning that the buyer won’t be facing a lot of metal replacement. There are plenty of dings and dents, so they might choose to replace rather than repair some of the panels. Some of the trim will need to be replaced, but the glass seems to be in good condition.

The Camaro is a numbers-matching classic, featuring a 327ci V8, a Powerglide transmission, power steering, and power brakes. This combination would have delivered 210hp in its prime, allowing the vehicle to cover the ¼ mile in 16.6 seconds. The news here isn’t great, but it isn’t all bad either. The motor received a rebuild in the past and was bored .030. All was well for a while, but it overheated and blew a head gasket. The top end was stripped to fix this, but then the project stalled. All of the removed components are sitting in the trunk, so reassembling it is a possibility. Given that the engine will need to be pulled if the engine bay is to be properly restored, I would be inclined to have the bottom end checked for good health before I started bolting things back together.

Apart from a missing radio, the Camaro’s interior looks to be mostly complete. That doesn’t mean that it could be revived with some basic cleaning because a full retrim will be on the cards. I have frequently mentioned the idea of interior trim kits in these cases, and this has always been for a good reason. Today, there are some fantastic kits on the market, and picking them from OEM trim can be close to impossible. Kits also usually include all of the small pieces like screws and clips, making installation a straightforward proposition. A complete kit, including a dash pad, can be found for under $2,300. That’s not cheap, but once installed, the interior should present in as-new condition.

This 1968 Camaro might not be the most potent model available in that year, but early Camaros are still performing well in the market. This car demonstrates that fact because there have already been 19 bids submitted as I write this. It might not be an RS or an SS, but if properly restored, it should easily be worth more than $30,000. On a good day with the right buyers, that figure could go considerably higher. Alternatively, it could make a fantastic bonding experience for any family that wants to tackle a project car together. At the end of the process, the whole family would have a classic that they could drive and enjoy. You can’t put a price on that.

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Comments

  1. Steve

    By the looks of that piston, that be stuck!!

    Like 7
  2. Pete R.

    The title incorrectly says “1967”

    Like 1
  3. CraigR

    You gotta be kidding about that motor, it’s rusted solid.

    Like 8
  4. Autoworker

    Shouldn’t that boat anchor be Chevy Orange instead of GM corporate blue? Doubt the “numbers matching” claim.

    Like 5
    • Steve R

      It’s a 50+ year old car, I wouldn’t read too much into the paint color of an engine block. Then again, it’s a 327 2bbl, does it really matter if it’s matching numbers?

      Steve R

      Like 5
    • victor

      My thoughts also should be Orange

  5. Steve R

    This is the third time this car has been featured on this site in the last year going back to December 2019. The last two times he had a BIN of $10,000+. He hasn’t even changed the pictures. You’d figure by now he would have figured something wasn’t working and adjust either his ad or expectation.

    Steve R

    Like 14
  6. Rich

    Good lord man, I can easily drop 30K on restoring this, and that’s doing a majority of the labor myself. This is not a car that merits that amount of expense and time to me, but I realize to many folks this could be their version of the Holy Grail. Just a bit way too crusty.

    Like 5
  7. rex m

    Listed 3 times on BF and the owner still doesnt know it a ’68?

    Like 4
    • Steve R

      The owner has it listed as a 68, it’s this site that got it wrong.

      Steve R

      Like 1
  8. Mike

    If it blew a head gasket , why take the cam and lifters out? Or the fuel pump, water pump , timing cover ? A case for Ripley’s believe it or not.

    Like 3
  9. Frank

    Engine is correct for 68 since the block has the pad behind the distributor is not machined for the vent and 69 is a different casting with no pad. Is it worth it, that is up to the buyer.

    Like 2
  10. CaCarDude

    Unless you really want a Father and Son type project I would steer away from this and go find a nice clean driver to put your money into. There are way to many out there and in this pandemic market you can deal with any motivated seller today.

    Like 1
  11. Thomas Lyons

    Going by the marker lights. It’s a 68

  12. Sophie Szymeczek

    Guys..no vent windows..definitely a 1968 camaro.

    Like 3
  13. DON

    The bidding went up to $9100.00 and the reserve wasn’t met ? What does this guy think he has ?

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