Powerglide Project: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

By early 1965, Chevrolet was in full response mode to the incredible success that Ford was having with its new Mustang. Code-named Panther, the car borrowed from the Chevy II/Nova parts bin as had the Mustang from the Falcon and the renamed Camaro debuted in the Fall of 1966. In its first year, the Camaro had about half the sales volume of the Mustang, which meant Ford had a worthy competitor. This ’67 Camaro, likely off the road for a long time, is a numbers-matching original that will need a complete restoration. It’s not an SS or RS, just a regular V8 model with a 2-speed automatic. Located in a storage building in Chesapeake, Virginia, this Chevy is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $8,000. Thanks for the Bow-Tie tip, Chuck Foster!

The seller’s Camaro is an ordinary model, one of 220,906 that Chevrolet assembled in 1967. Of those, the M35 Powerglide found its way into 122,727 cars as the LF7 327 cubic inch V8 (210 hp) landed 19,776 orders. So given those numbers, this automobile is not especially rare even after 55 years. If the car could talk, no doubt a story is there for it to tell. It’s been well-used at 87,000 miles, but still has its original drivetrain, perhaps the car’s biggest plus.

What’s left of this Camaro’s yellow paint and black interior are not salvageable, and once the car is devoid of the dirt and grime it has accumulated, a lot of rust will certainly be found. And there is a big dent in the grille area of the front end. The glass looks to be complete and usable, and the car is wearing a set of Chevy Rally wheels, the version available beginning with 1971 models.

Fortunately, the engine is said to turn over, which provides some optimism, and the car rolls easily. We’re guessing this Camaro was found languishing in a barn and was brought back to nicer quarters for restoration or to provide someone else with that opportunity. The interior is especially messy, attesting to the number of years this car has been squirreled away. The nicest non-SS or RS on the planet is about a $40,000 car, according to Hagerty, so buying this Chevy as-is will be about 20% of its potential future value.

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Comments

  1. Steve

    My sisters best friend had one of these back in 74-75 and the exhaust had been converted to duals using cut off driveshafts as straight pipes exiting just in front of the rear wheels. Man that thing broadcast that lousy powerglide all over the neighborhood.

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  2. Al

    Neighbors next door have 3 dogs & the snow is still here since Xmas day. If parked in his back yard, this car would blend right in the snow.

  3. Bing

    Ok, is this some kind of early Aprils Fool Joke! Seriously, this is not even a parts car.

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  4. Steve W

    Total piece of junk. Crush it and put it out of it’s misery.

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