True Survivor? 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS

Don’t be fooled by its shabby appearance, because today, this 1967 Camaro RS looks very different to how it was the day that this photo was taken. The owner refers to the car as a survivor that spent many years parked unloved in a workshop. It has now been revived and is ready to move on to a new home. Located in Tacoma, Washington, you will find the Camaro listed for sale here on eBay. With bidding currently hovering at $15,100, the reserve hasn’t been met.

According to the owner, the red primer had been applied by a previous owner. The new owner took the trouble to remove as much of this primer as possible while trying to preserve what lay beneath. Personally, this seems to have been a lot of effort considering what was beneath the primer wasn’t the original paint, as the Camaro did undergo a repaint in around 1979. Rust in the car is now said to be zero. The only area of rust that was identified was in the center of the trunk floor. This has now been cut out and replaced, and the trunk floor wears a fresh coat of AC Delco trunk paint. The rest of the body does look to be very straight and clean.

The interior of the Camaro continues to follow the owner’s policy of replacing what was necessary, but preserving as much of the original car as possible. To this end, the Camaro has been fitted with new carpet, a new headliner, new dash pad, and the rear seat wears a fresh cover. The rest of the interior presents quite well, although you can see some obvious wear on some surface, most notably, the top of the center console.

While the owner refers to the Camaro as being a survivor, he doesn’t push the boundaries by referring to it as an original survivor. This is a good thing because plenty has changed under the car’s skin. The 327ci V8 under the hood is not original but is a dealer replacement that was fitted to the car at some point in the past. This has been thoroughly checked and is said to be in good condition. The original Powerglide transmission has now also been replaced with a 700R4 transmission, while the front brakes have been upgraded from the original power drums to discs. Anything in the suspension that might have been the subject of wear such as bushes, shocks, tie-rod ends, the idler arm and pitman arm have all been replaced, while the car also sports five new tires. There are a few items that will still need to be attended to. These include the air conditioning. While the system is complete, it will require a rebuild. The same is true of the original smog pump.

I’ve always liked the appearance of these 1st Generation pony cars, and this Camaro is no exception. While I think that it appears to be quite a decent car, in my own humble opinion I find it to be a bit of a stretch to refer to it as a survivor. There have just been too many changes made for me to consider it as such, but if I am wrong in my opinion, then so be it. The work that has been done to the car should ensure that it is a solid, reliable, and enjoyable car to drive. Would you class this as a survivor, and is it a car that you would like to own?


  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    Another seller worth his salt, and a nice driver-type car worth considering. Another good one, Adam-thank you.

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  2. Jack M.

    While I enjoy a good survivor car as much as the next guy, I would have no problem if the smog pump ended up in the trash.

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  3. M vickery

    Maybe not a survivor, but a usefully modified car. You can’t go wrong with disc brakes, and the updated transmission will make the cabin a much nicer place to cruise at seventy miles an hour on the highway. Since the paint isn’t original anyway, I’d paint it if I bought it, and possibly update the a/c with a more modern compressor. If I bought all the cars I’ve bought in my head like this, I’d be living in a garden shed while looking at a yard full of cars, but it’s fun to fix up all these cars in my head.

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    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Perfectly said, M vickery, especially the part about living arrangements!

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      • John B

        Who needs indoor plumbing anyway? Are we not men? To your sheds and buy everything you can!

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  4. Paul

    This car has a stolen car vin number in the place of the original one…that lowers the value significantly…If not for the switched out Vin tag I would of liked to own it.

    • Tony Primo

      Perfect if you want to drive it like you stole it!

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    • Steve R

      Where did you see that the VIN has been swapped? The ad doesn’t say that. If you look at the eBay ad the VIN listed matches that of the original invoice for the car from 1967.

      Steve R

      • Paul

        When the door is open you can see the re-issued vin tag on the door jamb in place of where the original one was. Stolen cars are given these.

  5. gbvette62

    The engine and trans have been replaced, the car’s been repainted, most of the interior is new, the trunk floor’s been replaced and the trunk was refinished, the locks, sound deadening and weatherstrip are new, it’s been converted to newer disc brakes and the gauge bezel’s not the original either (should be tan, not black). How is this car a “survivor”?

    Underneath the upgrades, new parts and things that were refinished, maybe the car’s basic structure has survived, but I consider this a partially restored car, still needing to be painted.

    Depending on the final price, this could be a nice little driver Camaro for someone, but please don’t try to pass it off as some kind of survivor.

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  6. TimM

    If it could be bought right it could be a worth wild project!! The nice thing about carmaros is there are a hand full of companies that have any part you need!!!

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