1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS350 Convertible
Chassis no. 124677L121246
Engine no. V1019MT
350ci OHV V8 Engine
Single 4-barrel Carburetor
295bhp at 4,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Desirable options including the SS and Rally Sport packages
*Original Bolero Red over Red vinyl color scheme
*Expertly restored and well maintained
*Seminal example of a first-year Camaro
*King of the stoplight grand prix
The Chevrolet Camaro
Ostensibly an answer to Ford's sensationally-popular Mustang, Chevrolet's Camaro has roots that date back to 1962, when then-Chevy design chief Irv Rybicki suggested a small 'personal car' based on the Chevy II. General Manager Semon 'Bunkie' Knudsen, however, was unconvinced, feeling that the Corvair, Chevy II and the upcoming Chevelle had the bases well covered. Rybicki, however, continued to work on proposals, and his 'Super Nova' made it to the 1964 New York Auto Show, a few weeks before Mustang's introduction. Once 100,000 Mustangs had been sold and the market for such a car firmly established, GM management gave the Super Nova a more favorable glance. The rush was on to develop a pony car in less than two years.
Mechanically derived from the second-generation Chevy II, the Camaro was similarly a unibody design, with a stub frame ahead of the cowl. Front suspension came from the Chevelle, the single-leaf rear springs from the Chevy II. Engines and transmissions were from the company catalog; in 1967, there were seven engines offered, from a 230 cubic inch, 140bhp six to a 396 cubic inch, 375bhp V8, and a myriad of transmissions and axle ratios. Exterior trim could be augmented with a Style Trim Group consisting of stripes and chrome, or one could choose the Rally Sport option to add disappearing headlamps and special taillights. Introduced on September 12, 1966, the Camaro was available either as a coupe or a convertible. Of the nearly 221,000 sold about a quarter were soft tops; three quarters were V8s.
The Motorcar Offered
The first owner of this convertible Camaro must have loved attention. Judging from its original specifications, it would seem that understatement was not at all the order of the day.
Built in GM's Los Angeles factory in November of 1966, only the third month of production, the Camaro's trim tag affixed to the firewall indicates that the Bolero Red exterior with red vinyl interior and black vinyl top that the car carries today is precisely the way it looked when new. The Camaro was beginning to gain some traction by this time; this was one of 9,518 Camaros that rolled off the production line during that month of November.
Not just made to look mean, the fearsome red on red color scheme is backed by the 4P option code for the SS package and L48, 350ci V8, along with the 3SL option code for the RPO ZS2 Rally Sport Package. The former included the legendary small-block V8 along with beefier suspension, Wide-Oval tires, faux hood scoops, and the white stripe graphics around the nose declaring to the world that this was Super Sport, and one should therefore think twice before revving their engine in jest at a stoplight. The latter added the hidden headlights, lower side body moldings, valanced front parking lights and rear taillights, as well as other cosmetic additions to add to the car's good looks and allude to its intentions and abilities. Mated to the L48 V8 was the M20 four-speed floor shifted manual transmission, giving the wheelman the ability to choose between tire melting burn outs, carefully controlled drag starts, and softly-as-she-goes movements through the grocery store parking lot.
Acquired by the seller in 2005 from Southern California, this nicely restored Camaro has been carefully maintained since purchase. In 2008 the power steering was serviced with a rebuilt pump and new hoses. Three years later, a tune-up, carburetor rebuild, and suspension service were performed and in 2012 a new exhaust system was fitted to ensure that the baritone under the hood could properly sing to the world. If the eight-cylinder orchestra under the hood ever needs complimenting, though, there is a modern stereo system discretely installed to supply the tunes.
A nicely presented example of a first-year Camaro Convertible, this double red tire scorcher is reported to be a fine driving machine. A natural choice for Scottsdale cruising, we'd gas it up, rev it up, and drop the hammer.