The famed muscle car, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS 350, continues to be one of the most wanted cars since its 1967-1969 production. The two-door coupe boasts a 350-cubic inch, V8 engine that cranks out 300 horsepower. The Camaro can reach a top speed of 121 m.p.h. and accelerate from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in 7.9 seconds. At its launch, the Camaro’s price tag ranged from $2,500 to $3,310. In today’s times, its value is approximately $39,400. If you’re a big fan of barn finds, you certainly couldn’t imagine stumbling on a prized ’67 Camaro. That’s the reason this family story will amaze you.
The story unwrapped itself in 2006 when Zach S. met his birth mother in Arizona. The mother and son reunited over family tales. His mother told him that his grandmother had a ’67 Camaro RS/SS in their Arizona backyard. Zach unveiled the car from its 20-year old storage place and couldn’t believe how well preserved it was.
In 1967, his grandmother had purchased the car new at a Los Angeles car dealership. It was her pride and joy, as her heavy foot raced through the streets of L.A. The proof of the famed “little old lady from Pasadena” came when Zach found a couple of old speeding tickets his grandmother received in a single month from the same police officer.
Though the Camaro had been in storage for 20 years, it was in amazing condition. The car itself was special: ordered with rare bench seat, tinted windows, air conditioning, power steering, and hideaway headlights. It had most of its original parts and all repair and maintenance documentation.
After his mother’s death in 2008, Zach asked to buy the car from his brother. In 2010, his brother sold him the ’67 Camaro. Restoration work started immediately. It needs minor work such as areas worn from the desert heat, such as cracked rubber and vinyl. The small bumps and scratches won’t take much time to fix.
Zach’s plan is to enjoy the car himself for a few years and then pass the car to his nieces to drive. While it was almost lost in the backyard storage, it has stayed in the family since its original purchase. Zach’s goal is for the classic car to remain in the family for years to come.