1967 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe
The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared in Chevrolet dealerships in September 1966 for the 1967 model year on a brand-new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, hardtop (no "B" or center pillar) or convertible, with the choice of either a straight-six or V8 engine. The first-generation Camaro was built through the 1969 model year.
This 67 as we can see, had undergone a recent restoration with some major changes to the original configuration of the power plant. The body and frame have been kept OEM. Bought from the Obie O'Brian Bon Jovi collection, it has a little provenance, and a lot of power. Also, plenty of trophies to show for its meticulously done restoration.
Marina Blue respray of 3 coats base and 3 coats clear, and it shines like a crazy diamond. Very nice paint, complete with the wrap around front hood stripe in white and SS badge. This car also carries the RS package, consisting of hidden headlights that work perfectly and RS specific taillight bezels (the all-important Z22 RPO code). Rocker chrome, and wheel well surround trim is excellent. Small bumpers are also excellent. A white hardtop draped with vinyl is blemish free and tops this Mustang eater off perfectly. On all 4 corners are stock blue steel wheels with dog dish caps, wrapped by black sidewall tires, correct for the period but updated. Also need to mention the small but sexy rear spoiler floating above the trunk (actually its attached).
I'm breaking protocol and starting with the trunk which you have to see to believe. All wrapped in green and black houndstooth vinyl it contains the spare (wrapped in the houndstooth vinyl) a wheeled jack, and crowbar neatly displayed within the houndstooth. Now we can move to the meat and potatoes of the interior…the passenger compartment. Swinging the doors, we are greeted with excellence. Excellent door panels in blue, excellent buckets in blue vinyl with some snazzy white stripe highlights bordering the bolsters and flanking a dual cupholder. This rests on the black textured console which houses the Hurst shifter. As we move to the dash there are 3 aftermarket gauges hanging below the dash, and in front of the shifter. These monitor oil, volts, and water temp. Moving up the angled inward dash in blue, there are a few chromed knobs and dual deep dish round gauges framed by an original steering wheel, all just in peachy condition (actually they are blue and black). Noted on the original steering column is a tachometer so you can avoid the red zone. Beautiful carpet below, and a tight headliner above and we have covered the interior.
Take a deep breath, here we go! The original numbers matching block and crankshaft were utilized, but inside were placed KB hypereutectic .020 pistons and rings with a 9.5 to 1 compression, Scat rods, a polished and balanced crank. Aluminum heads are attached with titanium seats stainless valves, and .500 lift springs. A Comp Thumper Cam with .491 int, and .491 exhaust lift, is of the hydraulic variety, Howard lifters, roller rockers, and sealed with all Fel-Pro gaskets. Topping it off is a Quickfuel 650 CFM carburetor, and Edelbrock intake manifold. This 350ci mill exhales through Hedman Headers and a Flowmaster exhaust. Transmission is a 4-speed manual Muncie (1969 vintage) and the rear is a 12 bolt 3.73 posi edition. Whew!
Visually edible (aka eye candy), near perfect, and well taken care of on any rust fronts because it does not exist…anywhere! Solid as a rock. 4 Wheel 9” drum brakes non power assisted are installed.
Lights quickly, and just listening to the exhaust sound of the idle, you know you are in for a ride. This car does not disappoint, as it runs like a deer, stings like a bee, and handles like a butterfly, all while looking great and turning heads. It has to be a female car, because it can do more than one thing at once…but I digress, and back to the wonderful handling, ride, and acceleration. She is just a great driver whose power goes on longer than our test area. And the color…deeper than your eyes can see.
Kudos to the restorers…with an excellent example of the Camaro 350 SS coupe, as it has no stones unturned, plenty of power, and great looks interior and exterior. She's a multitasker, and a cool driver right out of 1967, and she will eat a Mustang of the same era anytime. Oh Oh here she comes, she's a man eater!
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
119093-Sequential Unit Number
R-Bright Blue Interior
ST 67 12637-1967 Camaro Sport Coupe, Custom Interior
BDY NOR19219-Norwood Body #
TR 732Z-Bright Blue Custom Buckets
PNT F2-Marina Blue, Black Vinyl Top
10C-Third Week October Build
S-Z23 Interior Decor Group
L-Z22 RS Equipment Group
5Y-Deluxe Seat Belts