The current, sixth-generation Chevy Camaro is dipped in a world of (mostly sales) hurt, and GM does not seem intent on helping it come out unscathed. Meanwhile, older Camaros seem to have a better chance at a second lease of life.
No one knows – save for Mary Barra and her corner-office aides, perhaps – what will really happen with the ailing Chevy Camaro pony/muscle car. Even the rumor mill does not know what to believe, anymore. Meanwhile, the virtual realm seems to give us a better chance at restoring the iconic Camaro’s glory of old times.
Emmanuel Brito, the virtual artist better known as personalizatuauto on social media, feels ready to take us on yet another quick journey of rendering-to-reality discovery, this time around for Gil Anchondo’s Los Angeles, California-based TCH Custom and his latest salvage to savage resurrection project. Do check out the video embedded second below, and you might even shed a tear of sadness for the sorrowful state of this 1967 Chevy Camaro Convertible RS/SS barn find.
Luckily, after you check out what they have in store for it by way of this official virtual design, the other eye might shed a second tear – of joy, this time around. While still nowhere near completion, as there is no project update from the shop, this ’67 Chevy Camaro Vert RS/SS has the makings of a beautiful yet brawny restomod.
There are no details yet, but we can easily check out some goodies for ourselves. Those include the stunning, crimson (with black stripes) paintjob, the interesting hue for the deep-dish aftermarket wheels from AC Forged, plus the traditional vintage tan leather cockpit treatment. No word on the technical goodies, though we can easily take a hint from the quad exhaust setup, manual tranny, and cool Brembo-powered brakes, right?
Rare 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS P-Code Found At Midwest Junkyard
Here’s a barn find paradise but with a twist. Some of the vehicles don’t necessarily have all of their axles.
Actually, many barn finds end up losing axles and more, but the scale of this classic car storage field is breathtaking and there are many classics sitting here wiling away the years, in the rain, snow, or glorious, yet burning sunshine.
The proprietor of this fine collection of icons from yesteryear is Todd – who is no stranger to Auto Archeology. Now he explains all in the short film for their YouTube channel, and we take a look at two Chevrolets of differing levels of condition and spec.
As awesome as it would be to walk around the entire compound and investigate everything, the video does eventually focus on two noteworthy pony cars from decades ago.
Up first, huddling among the other sleeping vehicles is a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 barn find, in rusty brown over rusty blue, with the original 350 CI engine and four-speed transmission.
This is a ‘cheap’ Camaro SS as Todd explains, which got bought cheap with steel wheels, small hubcaps, no spoiler, and a basic interior but with the cool engine under its hood – almost like a vintage sleeper car.
It possibly made between 250-300 hp stock with its 350 CI engine, but sources vary on specific power outputs. The original owner had it fitted with a 454 CI engine and ran it on alcohol, presumably for racing.
The Camaro is a cool find although upon closer inspection it is missing a lot of the rear floor and subframe, with the rear axle almost completely detached from the car due to rot damage.
The next cool barn find is an orange first-generation Camaro, which looks to be in slightly better condition and the rear axle looks like it is still on the vehicle. According to our tour guide, the 350 CI engine which is in this car in fact first debuted for Chevrolet in 1967 in the Camaro. If you had a P-code, it meant that you had the 350 CI engine, which only came in the Camaro at the time.
This one hides a marina blue exterior and blue interior, although on the outside it is mostly a combination of orange and rust color. Interestingly, the car was a real hot rod back in the day and came with a 396 CI engine. The owner states that he had to give the car back because he didn’t have the money.
At the end of the video, the owner acknowledges that it is a shame that the cars here are mostly in bad shape, but the silver lining is pretty clear. The cars survived and did not get thrown away as scrap.
Greg Cope of Holiday, Texas, has always been a big fan of classic American muscle, and he loves trying to find forgotten gems hidden around the state. Yeah, you would think all the really cool (code for: popular) cars have already been found and scooped up, but the truth is that there are still quite a few classics hidden in barns, buried in garages, or just languishing in fields. These “barn finds” are always cool and we love seeing the cars rescued so they can be put back on the road.
Cope already had a 1968 Camaro he had bought off of the original owner back in 1992, but when he heard about this hidden-away 1967 Camaro he didn’t hesitate to go check it out. The 1967 Camaro had been parked outside from 1974 to 2004, when it was acquired by the second owner in a trade for a diesel Mercedes then stuffed into a barn.
At first, the ’67 appeared to be a big-block car, as it came with a properly date-coded 375 hp 396ci engine said to have been removed from the car, as well as a four-speed trans that was still installed. But Cope knows the drill, so he ran the VIN tag and found the Camaro came from the factory with a straight-six and a three-on-the-tree. It was still a good find, and the price was right, so he rescued the Camaro from barn jail and hauled it home to keep his 1968 Camaro company. As it turns out, the ’68 and the ’67 were both sold new from the same Texas Chevy dealership.