Tidy Driver: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 Convertible

I’ve always felt cars like this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 Convertible blur the line. The Camaro is definitely a pony car, but slotting a big-block under the hood provides performance to match almost any available muscle car. This one is a tidy driver featuring its original V8 under the hood. It has undergone some changes during its life, but it’s a turnkey classic awaiting a new owner. The Camaro is listed here on eBay in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bidding has raced to $42,850 but remains short of the reserve.

Potential buyers have a lot to consider when deciding whether this ’67 Camaro is the car for them. It is worth noting that the vehicle is rust-free. The panels are clean, and the underside shots reveal it as rock-solid. That’s a significant victory in a model with a reputation for problems, meaning the new owner won’t face a mountainous bill for repairs. Its exterior wears Bolero Red paint that the seller describes as looking good from fifteen feet, although flaws and defects are visible on close inspection. It remains presentable if the buyer chooses to retain the Convertible as a tidy driver. However, for those seeking originality, it marks the first of many modifications performed on this classic. The seller supplies a shot of the Tag, indicating the SS started life finished in Code C Ermine White. It’s unclear when and who performed the color change, but reversing it as part of a cosmetic refresh is possible. The exterior has a few minor bumps and bruises but nothing requiring panel replacement. The Black power top works as it should, although one bow is slightly bent. The trim and glass look good, and the Camaro features the correct RS grille with concealed headlamps. The car rolls on aftermarket wheels that could stay or go, depending on the buyer’s taste. The seller has a set of Rally wheels that they would include by negotiation.

The mechanical specifications of this Camaro reveal more upgrades, although it retains its numbers-matching 396ci V8. It would have produced 325hp when it rolled off the showroom floor, which fed to the 12-bolt 3.31 Posi rear end via a three-speed Hydramatic transmission. It would have scorched the ¼-mile in 15.1 seconds before winding its way to 134mph. I believe this car could probably blow those figures out of the water. The owner recently rebuilt the big-block, adding an upgraded Edelbrock intake, a new carburetor, and headers. Those changes are the tip of the iceberg because apart from power steering, this Convertible also features power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes. The suspension upgrades include a host of Hotchkis components like springs, shocks, and A-arms. Those improvements should make the SS a more “complete” package with handling and braking that complements its performance potential. Adding to its appeal, the seller includes much of the car’s original paperwork, along with documentation and receipts dating back to the 1980s. It is a turnkey classic ready to provide immediate enjoyment.

Considering the Camaro as a total package, it is no surprise that the interior features a few upgrades. The seats originally wore standard Red trim, but they now sport Red and Black Deluxe vinyl. The factory radio has disappeared in favor of an aftermarket unit, but the rest is standard Camaro fare. The wheel rim has marks and damage and is a prime candidate for restoration in a home workshop. The carpet is faded and tired, and the new owner may consider investing $220 in a new carpet set to improve the presentation. There’s some strange stretching on the passenger seat, like something heavy has marked the vinyl. It requires an in-person inspection, and it might take an upholsterer to return the cover to its original state. Otherwise, it is a tidy interior that is perfect for a driver-grade classic.

Although it has undergone many changes throughout its life, this 1967 Camaro RS/SS 396 Convertible remains a tidy driver that has attracted its share of attention. Returning it to its original specifications would not be impossible, although I believe its new owner will probably do nothing beyond addressing its few cosmetic shortcomings. Considering its overall condition and solid nature, the twenty bids already submitted are unsurprising. If it were unmolested, I would expect the bidding to race past $52,000. However, once an owner modifies a classic, it becomes worth what someone is willing to pay. I still think it could make it to $50,000, but do you agree?

Comments

  1. angliagt angliagt Member

    I just saw a set of those Keystone Classic wheels
    for sale on the Roanoke (VA) recently.I really like them.I
    had a set on my ’72-1/2 Toyota pickup.

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    • BILLY PARRISH

      where did you see the Keystone Wheels for sale in Roanoke VA.

  2. Rw

    I always preferred Crager SS over keystone klassics just my opinion.

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    • Swisher

      Yep…BIG BONE CRAGARS..had them on my 79 Z28..Gabriel gas shocks and ladder bars…NOSE bleeder..lol..good times

      Like 1
  3. camaro

    1967 had low-back seats
    1969 had these buckets

    Nice car

  4. Gasser300

    Keystones. For those that didn’t want Cragars or aluminum slots.

    Like 9
    • Pnuts

      I had them all along with “black outs” Indies chrome reverse. Had more Cragar or Cragar wantabes (Rocket) than otheres but like my Keystones on my 55 Belaire 2 Dr hdtp. As well if not better than all the others. Also was my 1st car and set of wheels so that may be playing in. Had Firestone wide 0 ovals on them. Lots of hard farm/tobacco work represented. Would do it again.

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  5. CCFisher

    I hope whoever buys it returns it to stock colors. White with black roof and red interior is a great combination.

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  6. Jeff Van Allen

    My car nut late grt unc divorced, retired early & went to his buddies Chevy dealership in Youngstown Ohio to buy new a first year (’67) Camaro. He picked a butternut yellow RS/SS w/blk vinyl top, 396/325hp TH400. Had it for a week and returned it saying it’s too slow. The dealership installed a 427/390hp. He came up to WI. & picked me up (I was a kid on summer school break). We drove to the Pacific ocean (LA) & back, a ride I’ll take to the grave. When I got my license in ’74 I learned unc had traded it in for a ’74 Mustang II, Arrrggg!

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  7. Richard

    Love this one. Buy it and drive it!

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  8. Steve

    I don’t think it’s a $50k car, not for a 1967. You’re pushing decent 69 prices, and the 69 is a much more desireable year. Also, you may think a car is rock solid, but until you’ve torn into it, you won’t know. I found that out the hard way.

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  9. schooner

    Had a buddy with a ’67 who dropped a 396 in it. Cam, the usual headers and intake and ran 12.7 @ 108 so yeah, this one should be a lot quicker than 15s.

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  10. Jay McCarthy

    I have never really liked the look of these Keystone wheels
    Great looking Camaro though

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    • Glen

      Agreed. Those Keystone classics are hideous. Totally ruin the look of this Camaro – and most other cars – IMHO.

  11. Howie

    I put Keystone Classics on my red Bricklin, they looked great over the stock wheels. Too bad this is a automatic.

    Like 7
    • schooner

      With a reminder from Norman below I don’t recall the heads on the 12.7 Camaro I mentioned but that makes sense. It was a long way from 15s to 12s back then.

  12. Desert Rat

    My first mags i ever bought were Keystones.

    Like 3
  13. Oxmshog

    Like the car, but a big no on the ugly rims and big back tires.

  14. Norman K Wrensch

    If the intake ports match the heads that is a 375 hp not 325. that is a rectangle port intake rectangle port heads where only on th 375/425 hp 396. of course he could of mismatched it and put this intake on oval port heads, I have seen it done before. I would definitely check into that.

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    • sakingsbury20 Member

      thats a performer 2-0 intake……for oval port heads

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  15. Tooyoung4heyday Tooyoung4heyday Member

    This brings back bad memories from my youth. I was up late one night surfing the web and did a refresh. Up pops a Camaro looking like this but with slots. Red on black convertible. Car was Baldwin motion car with documents. Seller was over seas and I was first to contact. Wanted $8,000, this was in the very early 2000’s. Car had 427, 4 spd, 4.10 posi. Could not convince my parents to co-sign. 2 weeks later it was for sale at an east coast dealer for $60k. Kick in the nuts moment. Not my first choice of year and not really a convertible guy but I would’ve settled for that one.

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  16. Michael Freeman Michael T. Freeman Member

    Had a charcoal grey(MAACO color, don’t judge me I was broke) one with a black top and interior right after high school. Like to have never found the motors and washers to make the headlights work but mine had a 327. No longer have car as girlfriend totaled it for me while I was working on a 69 Camaro I found for her.

  17. Jeff Van Allen
  18. Swisher

    I would research more…ermine white es/ss…Alex, I will take pace car for 500..????… White was rare

  19. Hoss

    How about those Cherry Bombs?

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