Pony Project: 1967 Camaro RS/SS

1967 Camaro RS/SS

After traversing Oregon in our little white Mustang, I became a Pony car believer. I have always had an appreciation for Pony cars, but I had no idea just how awesome they could be. I have always leaned more towards the original Pony, the Mustang, but I find the Camaro to be an attractive alternative, especially RS and SS examples. The problem is, as with many of my favorite cars, prices are getting out of control. This 1967 Camaro RS/SS is rusty, but the seller is asking an impressive $8,500 here on eBay. I guess if prices keep climbing, this might not be a bad buy if you do not mind holding on to it for a few years.

1967 Camaro Interior

While I am sure prices will continue to climb, unless they really sky rocket in the near future, this one could be a labor of love for the time being. If the seller were willing to take a few grand less for it, it would actually be a good buy, especially for the intrepid do it yourselfers. Not only is it going to need lots of rust repair, but it is also missing its original drivetrain and some of its interior. As you can see, most of the big interior pieces are here, but they are going to need to be refinished or replaced. Thankfully, Camaros are much like Mustangs in that parts are plentiful and affordable.

1967 Camaro Engine

The only evidence the seller presents to prove it was used as a racecar is the lack of the original engine and a few blurry shots of some raceway stickers. Motors have been swapped out for a wide range of reasons, so I would want to see more evidence before I concluded this was a former racecar. Not that it would make any signification difference on value or desirability, at least not as much as having the original 350 V8 would. They do provide a breakdown of the Trim Tag that proves it is a real RS/SS car and that it did in fact leave the factory with a 350 V8 and a 4 speed. Finding a replacement engine shouldn’t be much of an issue, as the 350 is one of the most popular small blocks ever built. Although, since the engine isn’t going to be the correct unit anyways, I would be slightly tempted to drop a big block in it. It would definitely make better use of the entire engine bay than the current inline 6 does.

1967 Camaro Project

This car is going to need a lot of work, but I’ve seen Camaros in much worse condition saved. Given parts availability and the vast collective knowledge found on the internet, just about anyone with a garage, some spare time, and the drive to do the work could get this car back on the road. The only issue I see here is the asking price, when drivers can be had in the $15 to $20k range. If you could get it for the right price, what would you do with this Camaro? Would you put it back to original condition or would you drop a bigger engine and make it a mean machine?

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Comments

  1. Desi DosSantos

    That is a 67, not a 69.

  2. Don Sicura

    This Camaro is a 67.

    • Josh Staff

      Thanks for catching that Desi and Don, I meant to type ’67 but put ’69 on accident. When I was writing this one, I kept dreaming about owning a ’69!

  3. Dave Wright

    I am not an expert on these but an SS with a 6 cylinder?

    • Josh Staff

      Dave, this car originally had a V8 in it, but has since had a 6 cylinder installed. The seller provided the Trim Tag to prove it really is an 350 V8 SS car, but I have no clue why someone installed an inline 6 in it.

  4. Mark in Medford

    Yes it is a 67 and Yes Rally Sports were a trim level available with any powertrain.

    • Joe64NYWF

      I’ve NEVER seen a ’69 RS Camaro with a 230 or 250 6 cylinder!
      Has anyone here?
      Could none have been ordered/made/sold?
      I’ve seen a few ’67 & ’68 RS’s with a 6 cyl, however.

  5. jeff6599

    The Old Cars Price Guide put a no. 5 condition RS/SS car at $6050 for a ’67.
    Incidentally, I know of a local 1968 Z28 in no.4 condition and asking $20k. It is also overpriced compared to the OCPG valuation of $12,400.

  6. Charles

    Manual steering. Manual brakes. No a/c, although that’s not an indicator. It sure looks like a base 67 under the hood.

  7. Heath

    Its not a bad buy really, being a real rs/ss. Most are missing the drive train by now anyway. I have a 67 SS that is a carbon copy of this one that I bought a few months ago. Been sitting in a shed since 1981…still has the numbers ss350, 4spd (#20), and 12 bolt posi, deluxe int with console, protecto-plate, etc. But it also has the same rust, perhaps more. Paid $5300 plus $1200 for freight to Idaho. Josh, you are welcome to come see it, still in ‘as found’ condition with dirt, rust, and all…just some was blown off from Michigan to Boise.

    • Josh Staff

      Hi Heath,
      Thanks for the invite, we might just take you up on the offer to come check it out! Send me an email at mail@barnfinds.com and we can find a time to come see it!
      Josh

    • escobars restoration

      The car is a 67 and it is not original rs/ss with a 6 cy. It is a ss with backup lights in lower rear valance and not in rear tail lights. Rs is the trim pkg with hideaway headlights and lower crome and wheel well crome.

      • Nova

        Actually the lower valence B/U lights ARE part of the RS package!

        Here’s a brief explanation of the RS package:

        Rally Sport (RS) Camaros
        The Rally Sport (RS) option was an appearance package that included hideaway headlights, backup lights under the rear bumper, and special exterior trim. It was available in combination with any other option, including Z28 or SS (thus referred to as a RS/Z28 or a RS/SS) or L6 engines.

        Interesting car, triple black, RS/SS 4spd…but

        Even the hood is garbage

        Terminal cancer!

        Nova

  8. redavanti

    I would put a big block in it. I could care less that it as a race car.

  9. Al Member

    He says a good car to restore to original, but no original engine. I see this more and more. Often see “restored” with new big block crate motor. Or new comp suspension. To many of us if restored to original then it is original not upgrades or modifications.

  10. boxdin

    A brand new dynacorn body is 12 grand and a much stronger body.

  11. mtshootist1

    hey, I liked those six cylinders, my 63 Chevy II had a 194 six that i used to race, it was quick off the line because you weren’t spending time spinning tires. it was pretty durable too. I especially like the header coming off that one.

  12. jim s

    i think for the difference in money the trans am might be the better buy. this needs a real good PI by someone who knows were to look to make sure it is a rs/ss. if the 6 cyl is not going to stay in the car it might bring some money. nice find

  13. stanleystalvey

    Back in the day a car like this might get $150 dollars. To this very day, even if I wanted it, and I don’t, I would only give $150 dollars for the car if it was not rusted out. I’d say it’s worth about $75 dollars… hehe..

    • mrrbob

      MAN, I remember those days, in fact, as kids we used to buy fairly nice muscle cars for 150.00 to 750.00 and beat the living hell out of them for the summer. The cheaper ones usually were good but had some problem that was fixable. We usually managed to blow them up. Then, due to the cheap prices, we would have the car hauled off to the junk yard via the automatic method, it is called leaving the car on the side of the road exactly where it broke if the motor was blown. Then, because these cars in running condition where so cheap, cheaper then rebuilding the engines, I would just find another and “do it again”. If Only I was not such a dumb ass and could have just parked a few of those cars in my own back yard, things would really be good for me today, but I had no backyard, only the front of my dad’s small house.

      Never forget his reaction when he found out 5 of the old muscle cars parked on our street were mine. I was 19 at the time lived at home and had a fairly good paying job as a welder and had $$ to burn. Totally got my ass kicked and was told to “get rid of those junk cars NOW”. In the central valley area of cali where I lived we had this free ads paper called the mini merchant, it was 30 pages thick and you could find anything or sell anything any time, the craigslist of its day and muscle cars where cheap and plentiful. Put ads in the paper for all those none running muscle cars for like 50.00 each and it still took me weeks to get ride of them all. Some ran and most just had simple to fix problems that I intended to fix and get running as my next beater street racer. Amongst then were a 1969 and 1970 440 chargers, my favs as the toughest cars you really had to work hard to blow up and a sweet looking green 69 Z-28 that needed a trans but ran perfect. If I only still had those 3 cars I would he happy

  14. Roy

    I am not convinced this is a true ss… Looks like a baseline camaro to me with the rs package… All ss came with 12 bolt diffs, so they would have had to of replaced the complete drivetrain???? It’s a gamble with norwood not including the engine code.. This one smells to me and I love my chevy’s….

  15. Chuck Foster Chuck F 55chevy

    Here’s some trivia for you, the new 350ci Chevy engine was only available in the new 67 Camaro, so finding a matching number block will be very difficult for a correct restoration. One of the cars I should have kept was a 68 Camaro convertible that had a 67 RS/SS doghouse on it, I foolishly traded it for a 78 Corvette. I was trying to sell it for $6500 at the time, it needed a lot of rust repair above the rear axle area. A difference between 67 and 68 Camaros beside the vent windows, the RS hideaway headlights in 67 were vaccum operated, while the 68s were electric. Or was it the other way around?

    • Jim Johnson

      67′ had electric. I had one a 67′ RS/SS
      350/295 hp 4sp .331 posi 12 bolt, good running car

      Like 1
  16. The Chucker

    I happen to believe the race car history as it looks as if lots of hands have been on this car through the years. Still, no doubt someone will save this. I’d get the structure and mechanics sound, give it a flat black “splash and dash”, then drive it as a semi-beater for awhile.

  17. Tony

    It is definitely an RS/SS. Both options were coded on trim tag in 67. 3L and 4P respectively.

  18. rik brandt

    For those who say..”I should have kept…”
    To the left is me and my Camaro circa 1978, and the right is at a show last summer. The Camaro has aged better than I have…

    • Dave Wright

      That has to be the best comment ever about the hobby…………

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