Sense Of Humor: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

It is hard to know where to start with a car like this 1968 Chevrolet Camaro because when the owner states that “it’s been sitting for 100-years,” then it would seem that even he isn’t taking it particularly seriously. However, he does point out that it is a largely complete car, so maybe we need to take a look and see how viable it is as a restoration project. The Camaro is located in Akron, Ohio, and has been listed for sale here on eBay. If you read this article and decide that you really need to own it, then the owner has set a BIN of $4,200. Of course, given the fact that he does appear to possess a sense of humor, it might also be worth the effort to make an offer.

I am aware that the term “patina” gets seriously overused when describing classic cars, but once again, to quote the owner, “If patina is your thing it’s got it in spades.” He also admits that everywhere that you look on the Camaro, you will find rust. This has impacted the floors, the rockers, quarter panels, and fenders. What he does say is that the rails actually look like they are pretty decent. The reality is that if someone is considering restoring this car, then they are faced with a mountain of work to return the body to something remotely resembling solid. The owner states that he believes that a tree probably fell on the vehicle at some stage, but judging by the fact that there is damage to both the hood and the rear deck, I would suggest that it might have been more than one tree. On a positive note, he does say that the glass is good. On a less positive note, the best part of the car would appear to be the wheels and tires, but these aren’t included in the sale.

This is a car that is nothing if not consistent. The interior is pretty much junk, and there are probably very few components that could be salvaged. Given the fact that it looks like it has remained pretty dry inside, the gauges and electrical components might be okay. In a very tongue-in-cheek moment, the owner says that there is nothing dead inside the Camaro…that he knows of. That would seem to suggest that the car may have escaped rodent infestation, which will have helped the cause on the electrical front. The driver’s seat is present, but the passenger and rear seats are both gone. As I said, the next owner will be starting from scratch if they intend to undertake a restoration.

The Camaro is a numbers-matching car, but being a base model, what you get is a 230ci six-cylinder engine, which is backed by a 2-speed Powerglide transmission. As you can see in this photo, the tree that damaged the hood has also bent the radiator support and crushed the top of the radiator. The fuel tank was also removed at some point in the past, but the owner does remain positive about the mechanical aspects of the car. He says that the carburetor “needs some love,” but that he believes that with that work and some tinkering, that the 230 might be able to be coaxed back to life. What did someone once say about hope springing eternal? I suspect that if someone is brave enough to take this on as a project, then the current engine and transmission might make way for something a bit more potent.

I am sure that we have readers who will look at this Camaro and see a vehicle with great potential. These are people who would love to get their hands on the car and transform it into something pretty special. Judging by the owner’s tongue-in-cheek approach to the listing, he already sees it as something special…just not in a good way. It isn’t a project that I personally would be willing to take on, but it will be interesting to see what you think. So, trash, or treasure?

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Comments

  1. Classic Steel

    Its a beater but at least its not a fastback mustang price. It says negotiations are possible.,.

    It could be a fun car to just get running and drive with mismatched seats and possibly a used hood💺👍👀
    Paint to match or flat black till later 👀

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  2. Tom Member

    What is with all the “top down” damage? Tree fall on it? Hood, quarter mid, quarter rear, etc? Swiss Cheese gentlemen. Even the firewall is rotted out up high….how does that happen?

    Talk about humor….what is actually holding in that LF marker light?

    LOVE the wheels and tires !!!!

    Even with them I don’t see $4K worth of parts to take off of it.

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  3. Mark M.

    Bet barn fell on it, but not recently, looks like old damage.

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  4. Gary S.

    Ummm……seller says what you see is what you get… apparently we have different definitions of that..i see nice tires and wheels but i don’t get them!

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  5. Don H

    Tree fell on it ,I think an Xwife with a sledge hammer did it.🔨💃

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  6. FordGuy1972

    Not much going for this rust bucket, it’s really rough. If you want to learn how to weld, you’ll be an expert by the time you’re done with this car. If you really want an early Camaro, I’d say save up your money and buy something better.

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  7. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Wow, I love odd 1st generation Camaros and Firebirds and this one with the 6 and column automatic definitely would have a place in my heart — if it wasn’t such a big fat, aquamarine TURD. I’m thinking ex wife or former girlfriend did the damage, which is too random to be blamed on a cluster of errant trees!

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    • JoeNYWF64

      How bout a 1st gen RS with a 6? Bet u never seen one, or at least a ’69 RS with either 6. I haven’t seen the latter.

  8. Redwagon

    Trash. And yet 91 people are watching it.

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    • ccrvtt

      People are drawn to watch disasters.

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  9. Stephen Puglisi

    Get is as close to factory look even with the 6cly and put a turbo on it.
    That would be different to some degree.

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  10. Paul

    I have see a lot worse sell for a lot more….snow plow on truck in background is never a good sign! However being in Ohio is not either!

  11. Chris M.

    Seeing how rotted it is I wouldn’t touch the finish. Tack in a few patches were there are holes in the floors and set it up for thrashing!

  12. TimM

    Wow this is the second straight six first gen Carmaro I’ve seen on here!! Body work is going to be killer on this one!!

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