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1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396c.i. Convertible
Trim Code Numbers Matching Bolero Red, Black-Deluxe Interior
P/S/, P/B, Rally Wheels, Redlines, 100%
Includes Maintenance / Build History, Original Owner’s Manual / Repair & Restoration Manuals, Clear California Title & Many Extras!
OVERVIEW OF THE 1967 CAMARO RS/SS 4-SPEED CONVERTIBLE
Before we begin with a rather lengthy history of this particular RS/SS, we want to point out a few important significant differences between this ’67 Camaro and others that may be offered in the market today (Additional details regarding the Camaro can be found later in the listing).
This desirable, first-generation Camaro has a unique combination of features that separates it from other examples available in today’s marketplace. Not only is it a rare 4-speed, one of an estimated 10% of Camaro’s produced for 1967. When the Camaro was introduced on September 26, 1966, as a 1967 model, the 396c.i was not offered making this example one of approximately 1,138 “big blocks” produced of close to 20,000 Camaro convertibles for 1967. Adding to the cars uniqueness is the combination of the 4-speed, 396c.i. engine, convertible, and desirable Bolero color.
In considering a correct RS/SS, big block 4-speed Camaro, we believe we feel it is essential that the Trim Tag and VIN Tag be clearly decoded to ensure no surprises. The “tags” decode as follows:
Line 1: 04 = April (Build Month) D = 4th Week (Build Week) E = Black (Interior Color)
Line 2: 67 (Model Year) 12667 = Convertible, Deluxe Interior, NOR = Norwood Production Plant, 113983 (Fisher Body)
Line 3: 765 = Black Deluxe Buckets w/o Headrests, R= Bolero Red, 2 = Black Fabric Top
Line 4: Group 1 Data: ED = Power Top & Tinted Windows
Group 2 Data: 2LG = 4-Speed Floor Manual Transmission & Center Console
Group 3 Data: 3SKL = Rally Sport, Interior Décor Group, & Style Trim Group
Line 5: Group 4 Data: 4N = 325 HP / 396CID
5Y = Deluxe Seat Belts
VIN # DECODING
12467 = Chevy Camaro V8 Convertible – 2 Door 1967
7 = 1967
N = Norwood Assembly Plant Sequential Production Unit Number 213830
SIGNIFICANT DRIVE LINE NUMBERS
Engine Pad #: T0417CLB T= Towanda, NY production, 04 = April, 17 = 17th day, CLB = 396c.i. / 300 hp NOTE: Every indication is that the engine is from a 1971 Chevrolet, originally produced with 300hp. However, it is important to note that while the engine that is currently fit to the Camaro had a maximum horsepower rating of 300hp, it is certainly possible that subsequent upgrades to the engine have increased the horsepower and based on the drivability of the car, this would not come as a surprise to us.
Block Casting Date: C2971 – Produced March, 29, 1971. Consistent with engine pad number.
Block Casting Number: 3969854: 396c.i. block
Intake Number F2974 – F = July, 29 = day, 74 = 1974
Transmission Stamp = P8E03E = P = 4 speed Muncie, 8 = 1968, E = May, 03 = Day Other trans stamp 18N440876
Muncie 4-speed tail-shaft = GM3846429
Shifter side linkage = 3950306
Bell Housing = 3899621 11” clutch big block
Rear end = 3969340NF GM77 8.2 10 Bolt from early 70’s Nova
To clarify, some of the items that are part of the various packages listed above as part of the trim tag and currently on the Camaro RS/SS include:
– Super Sport (SS) with 396c.i. engine
– 4-Speed GM Muncie transmission with Hurst shifter (RPO M20)
– Factory RS Package (RPO Z22)
– Factory SS package (RPO
– Factory console
– Gauge panel with fully functional gauges
– Posi-traction differential (RPO C80)
– Factory power steering (RPO N40)
– Power front disc brakes (RPO J52)
– Factory Deluxe interior with proper white striping trim
– Factory “as produced” Bolero red with white SS “nose bumble bee” stripe
– Front & rear bumper guards (RPO
– Stainless steel wheel trim
– Dual side Chevy logo mirrors
– Rally wheels
– Redline tires
The Camaro also comes with excellent restoration, maintenance and recent service history and includes:
– Clear California Tile
– Original Factory, Properly Dated Owner’s Manual
– Original 1967 Custom Feature Optional Accessory Booklet
– Brochure – 1967 Camaro Illustrated Facts
– Chevrolet Camaro SS & Z/28 1966 – 1973 (including Road Tests, Comparisons, Data
– Camaro Restoration Handbook
– Big Book of Camaro Data 1967 – 1973
– Chilton General Motors Repair Manual
– Black (recreation) license plates “RSSS396”
CONDITION SUMMARY – 1967 CAMARO SS/RS “BIG BLOCK” 4-SPEED – OVERALL CONDITION
We regularly see Chevy’s that have been modified, abused, and mistreated over the years and have been “driven hard and put away wet.” Not only is this car a frame off restoration the car has been sorted mechanically and needs nothing to be used, enjoyed, and shown at car events. This Camaro RS/SS will be extremely well received at any cruise-in, tour, and, at a car show has considerable potential for gathering more than its share of awards / trophies.
This 1967 Camaro SS/RS 396 c.i. was restored to a high level and remains in virtually “as restored” condition. The timeless proportions of the 1st generation Camaro are not only inherently attractive, but, unlike lower quality restorations, this car has nice panel fit, including doors, hood, and trunk gaps. The automatic convertible top was replaced earlier in its life with appropriate hardware (lift springs, components, etc) to make it manual. The motor is still in place behind the rear seat and it could easily be converted back to automatic should the next owner want to make the conversion back. The paint is exceptional, laid totally flat and free from orange peel and virtually any significant imperfections in no way detract from the cars appearance. Exterior trim is equally as good with bright, pit free chrome, and exterior aluminum trim. Perhaps most important, the car shows no signs of rust anywhere on the body, suspension, frame, or undercarriage.
The engine compartment and undercarriage is immaculate and highly detailed throughout with many factory markings, tags etc. This car has been gone through from front to back & top to bottom…New fuel tank, lines, hoses, brakes, rotors, calipers, brake lines, hoses, filters, gaskets, bushings, lights, interior, and too much to list, all done to a high standard at the time of restoration and focus on maintaining the integrity and original appearance of the Camaro RS/SS.
MECHANICAL DETAILS / BUILD
Considerable care was taken to maintain the car true to its original build specifications down to and including the original Muncie 4-speed transmission and period correct 396c.i. / 300+hp “big block” engine. The engine is properly fitted with chrome, open-element air cleaner, a color-keyed intake, and a correct Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor. At the sides of that factory 396 intake, factory heads hang polished valve covers over correct 396 exhaust manifolds. At the back of the heads, an upgraded, but discreetly concealed MSD electronic ignition distributor for improved spark through improved cables. The ancillary components are highest quality, including GM-branded hoses, a refinished brake booster and a fresh, Delco-topped battery cover, and a correctly shrouded radiator. And an evenly sprayed and correct combination of Chevy Orange skin and Satin Black framing is carefully interrupted by a variety of correct decals.
When it comes to the drive-train and suspension it is appropriate that the 396c.i engine is mated to a GM Muncie, 4-speed floor mounted factory proper transmission and a posi-traction rear. The suspension components have been recently improved event further and feature (< 1,000 miles) the following:
- Replace front shock absorbers with Viking coilover shocks & adjust for ride
- Install new ball joint
- Service transmission & differential – new gear oil
- Tighten power steering belt
- New suspension including Eaton Detroit rear Monoleaf springs (Chevy blueprint design)
- Power front disc braking system including master cylinder, pads/shoes, wheel cylinders, stainless brake lines/kit (completely gone through to meet the stringent safety requirements of the owner)
- Factory spec-power steering
- New rear shocks, leaf springs, shackles, etc.
- New alternator & fan clutch
- Proper Gardner dual exhaust system
- New correct style transversely mounted muffler
- Proper and correctly mounted fuel tank
- Chevy Rally wheels & D70-14″ BF Goodrich Redline tires
- Dent free trim rings with correct rallye caps
- Restored and detailed undercarriage, trunk, engine compartment (refer to detailed photos)
- Receipts for all above work are included along with original owner’s manual, repair books, technical books, and informational periodicals pertaining to the 1967 Camaro RS/SS
At the front of this RS/SS, a black Rally Sport grille centers bright “SS 396” lettering between a fresh header emblem, ’67-exclusive parking lamps and a fully guarded bumper. Above that grille, a louvered hood leads the eye to like-new glass that’s bordered by straight trim, and a pliable, damage-free convertible top. At the sides of the hood, sculpted fenders and dent-free rocker guards combine with traditional door handles and an array of correct emblems to add final details to a striking, high quality Bolero Red factory correct paint. And at rear, are housed stock Rally Sport-exclusive taillights and subtle rear spoiler, Camaro-branded trunk, an “SS” branded fuel cap and a second guarded bumper.
The Camaro’s deluxe interior codes factory correct and is an upgrade from the basic, entry level interior of the day. The black seats with white trim are a lovely accent to the cars Bolero red exterior and black convertible top. The seats are solid, look fantastic and have been completely restored. A Delco push-button radio is in place with a modern AM/FM CD-Player nicely concealed with the glove box. A correct optional console houses a simple chrome shifter behind small accessory gauges. The seat, dash and console trifecta is surrounded by fade-free carpet, Fisher-branded lap belts and deluxe door panels. A familiar steering wheel includes satin spokes, and a Chevrolet centerpiece. Behind the passengers, a rear seat leads to a solid trunk that’s been correctly restored with a proper mat, jack, and deck-lid decals.
Mechanically, the car is very strong and runs and drives very well. The undercarriage is clean and details include original factory markings and tags on selected components. The car’s “big block”, 396c.i certainly does not disappoint delivers the kind of performance and torque that is unique to the big V8’s of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Everything on this vehicle works properly the Camaro runs great. The engine and transmission are in excellent running order. All lights wipers, horn, signals etc. function as designed including the head light doors open and close quickly as they should. The car hits the street ready to use and enjoy with no indication of mechanical issues!
The recent California safety inspection, completed within the past 50 miles, resulted in a clean “Bill of Health.” Comments from the mechanic, a muscle car specialist and enthusiast, included: It’s refreshing to see a properly restored, big-block convertible that has remains in virtually stock condition.” As a 1967 model year, the Camaro is exempt from California smog, and is likely exempt from smog inspections in virtually every U.S. state and country. Of course, the car comes with a clear California title / registration and, for California buyers; the registration is valid until September, 2022.
In addition to being a beautifully restored car, this car will appeal to the muscle car / Camaro enthusiasts who have one thing on their minds…..performance. In the most positive sense, this car epitomizes the no frills, higher performance 60’s muscle cars that were not weighted down with heavy unnecessary options.
FIRST GENERATION 1967 CAMARO RS/SS HISTORY
In 1964, GM gave the go-ahead for their very own “Pony Car” to directly compete with the Mustang. Two years later, and the Chevrolet Camaro was ready for purchase.
From its start, the Camaro was available in hardtop or convertible, three different option packages with nearly 80 different factory options, and 40 dealer accessories, and four different options.
It was first marketed as a “road machine” and promised buyers “wide stance stability, and big car power,” but, it was more of a “Junior Corvette” that gave the family man with a hunkering for a real sports car the opportunity to buy one with four seats.
The sought-after RS package included numerous cosmetic changes including a blacked-out grill with hidden headlights, revised parking and taillights, upgraded interior trim, and RS badging. The SS package contained a modified 350 V8 with a mid-year available 396 producing 325 hp. The “big block” also included simulated air intakes on the hood, special bumble bee striping, and a blacked-out grill. Those buyers seeking the highest optioned examples of high-performance trim, and convenience features could order the Camaro as an RS/SS.
- AM/FM/CD Player
- California Licensed & Registered
- Convertible Boot Cover
- Convertible Top
- Dual Exhaust
- Dual Side Mirrors
- Excellent Documentation
- Exempt From Smog in California
- Factory 4-Speed
- Factory Bucket Seats
- Factory Seat Belts
- Front Disc Brakes
- Front Spoiler
- Front Sway Bar
- Full Instrumentation
- Highly Detailed Trunk
- Hurst-4 Speed
- Interior Light
- MSD Ignition
- Muncie 4 Speed-M20
- New Carpet
- New Interior
- New Interior (seats)
- Original Owners Manual
- Parade Boot
- Period AM Radio
- Power Steering
- Premium Sound
- Rally Sport / Super Sport
- Rebuilt Engine
- Repair History
- Repair Receipts
- Runs / Drives Very Well
- Rally/Super Sport Package
- Trim Code Matching Car