Volume I, Issue 3, Page 53

Today, muscle cars have risen to the heights of the true classics of the auction circuit like Cords, Caddies, and Duesys.  The biggest driver of price these days seems to be rarity of the vehicles.  We all know of the limited production machines such as COPOs, Yenkos and the ultra-rare ‘67 Z-28’s…..  But what we sometimes overlook is the rarity of some of the cars that seem commonplace.  Cars that were ordered by individuals not by dealership fleet buyers.  For example, this 1967 Camaro appears at first glance to be just another big-block car.  Well let’s do the math.  More than 220,000 Camaros came off the assembly line in 1967.  Of these, 25,141 were convertibles and 34,000 were SS-badged models.  To this point it seems common.  Well according to Chevrolet Motor Division, 5,141 cars were sold with 396 cubic-inch big-blocks in ‘67, this was indicated by the RPO code L-35.  Of those Rat-motored, cars 1,003 were convertibles.  Of those 1,000-plus machines, less than 700 were equipped with a Muncie 4-speed.  Now given that this car’s color code is R-1, or Apple Red, ordered with a white top with black interior this particular car most possibly is one of only a handful made in 1967.  Does that make it a Z? No! Does it make it more rare?  We think so!

Originally purchased in central Ohio, this unique ’67 was purchased with the sole intent of being a D/Stock

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Eliminator competition drag car.  Ordered with a 325-horse 396-inch big-block, 4-speed, 3:73 12-bolt Posi, power steering, manual front disc brakes, standard black interior, no gauges, manual top and only a radio as a convenience option, the car was stripped of everything except plenty of horsepower.  Unfortunately, the car had more power than traction and the tires would not hook up enough to be effective on the track.  The car saw many quarter-mile passes before it was parked and used as the family’s Sunday driver.

Gary Anderson, owner and president of SoffSeal in Harrison, Ohio, purchased his 27,000-mile red convertible from the vehicle’s second owner more than 20 years ago.  The relatively untouched car sat in a climate controlled building for nearly two decades before Anderson decided that it was time to restore the car to its showroom condition. 

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