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Start From Scratch: 1967 Camaro Coupe

Ever feel like picking up a 1960s Camaro and taking it down to the bones, then building it back up your way? That chance presents itself to you in the form of this 1967 Camaro 327 Sport (as named in the ad) which came to us via a tip from TJ. The car is currently in Mesquite, Texas, and it’s up for bid here on ebay. The number as it sits on Monday morning is $6600, with the reserve not met. The auction on this one goes until Friday mid-afternoon.

Your first clue that this one needs everything? There’s no gas cap. Then there’s what appear to be rusty front fenders, patina rust on most body panels, and suspiciously large patches of what is likely body filler covered by primer. Is that accident damage on the driver’s door? You’ll only know if you start to inspect or when it comes back from the stripper. Hopefully there’s enough structure there to hold it all together long enough for you to get your welder fired up. It’s hard to tell how good (or not good) the floor is, given the amount of undercoat glopped on there.

You surely won’t try to rebuild your new toy as currently configured, a 1970s street machine with an over-large spoiler on the trunk lid, some kind of hood bulge, and tufted vinyl seat covers, will you? Maybe if it were in a more whole state of presentation, it would be worth taking back to “Day Two” status. As it is, you’re going to do well to put it back to stock. That means hoping that the 327-CID engine that’s sitting there will be rebuildable. In one photo, the front end sits suspiciously high, making me wonder if that engine was later placed in the bay for imaging purposes.  The interior, too, will need your attention. That apparent Hurst t-handle shifter is compelling, but wait—this is advertised as an automatic-equipped car. (Someone, please decode the data plate if that’s going to give us some clues.) Oh boy, more work and money.

Free shipping! Is that another way of saying, “Get it out of here—quick!” The seller indicates that it’s “hard to find a Camaro under 10K any more,”  which is so, but do you expect this level of deprivation for that kind of money? Maybe when you’re done, you’ll have a stock-appearing, $30K car—or am I behind the value curve? In any event, what will it take you to get there from here? Experts, your opinions gladly accepted.


  1. Winfield S Wilson

    I like that button tucked vinyl it screams “70’s”. For me, not every single Camaro and Chevelle has to have a cowl induction hood and Z/28 or SS stripes. Please?

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  2. Bub

    I don’t see a single item of value here.
    And I’m the fish (sucker) who thought the white ’72 Vette looked decent.

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  3. Melton Mooney

    I’d almost say that I owned this car when I lived in San Antonio circa ’77-’78, right down to the marina blue paint, self-installed JC Whitney L88 scoop, 4 spoke steering wheel, and SS Cragars. Only difference is that mine had a factory tach and console gauges, and stock seats.
    I loved that car, but I was a starving SWTSU (now Texas State) student and sold it when the price of gas skyrocketed up to 44 cents.

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    • Ashtray

      This vehicle needs a lot of serious work. Panels changed, real old fashioned body work with this one.
      The good thing about this car is, you can actually see what you have in the beginning.
      I’m sure we have all looked at more than a few vehicle’s recently that started out this bad, or perhaps worse? They were just hacked over with body filler and repainted. Then, they pop up for sale on Craigslist with all of the jargon about how elaborate their vehicle is?
      After a couple of years you get to see what you spent all of that hard earned money on?
      I suppose if this is a highly sought after vehicle after it is restored, it has great potential?
      It will just be a long time before someone is taking this vehicle to a car show.
      Just my oponion!

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  4. Carl Bacon

    In ’78, I hoped in with my neighbor in his ’66 Chevelle and drove 6 miles to town and put a dollars worth of gas in it and came back home and we had more in it then when we started the day. Ha. We still talk about that day…

    My brother and I just picked up a ’67 Camaro from and estate auction that would make this here Camaro look great. Just sayin….

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  5. moosie moosie

    Its got the proper amount of pedals to be a standard trans & in one of the underbody pics you can barely make out shift rods in the upper left corner. I think the price is creeping up a bit too much to make this a worthwhile project, but I’ve been wrong before . Too bad.

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  6. William Stephan

    LOLOL… Looks like the sellers girlfreind put a pissed off cat inside for a few rounds of lunch on the seat top. YIKES!@ Theres a small brake pedal on the floor, maybe next to the stomper pedal? No PS or brakes only adds to the auro of crusty Cragars. Dont start a vast project with a half vast idea…

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  7. RacerDave

    From Scratch? I started building one 68 Camaro from a junkyard Shell that only had a Back Window, Rear Bumper & Tail Lights, (No Gas Cap). Another 68 Camaro that had been Stolen & Stripped. A 69 Camaro that had entire Drivetrain gone including Back Axle & some body parts. Also built 68 & 69 Camaro’s that had Repeatedly Hit Deer, lots of Mangled front end parts, doors. This Car Shown has almost everything. Have not had much problem with Rust on Texas Cars.

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    • V F

      Don’t walk away from this train wreck
      RUN !!!!!

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  8. Timmyt

    Someone bid 7400.00 on that?

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  9. Marques Dean

    Wow,umm I have to scratch my head on this one! There isn’t much to in that car to justify paying that much. That same money you could put as a down payment on a newer Camaro and have a running car still possibly under warranty!
    I say that as a Camaro owner!

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  10. JoeNYWF64

    Even a dirt cheap smaller gas cap from a ’69 would fit here. Come on now. lol

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