So you want to buy a first generation Camaro

Buying a first generation Camaro is a great choice of muscle car, compact, sporty, and a huge V8 engine.

The first generation model was released in late 1966 for the 1967 model year and it’s Fisher built body, shared with the Pontiac Firebird, offered strength, durability, and quality. 

The model is so popular that average prices for excellent condition, quality customized examples are well over $60,000. This is surprising considering a highly valued vehicle does not need to have matching numbers or factory installed accessories. Quality workmanship and modern luxuries will hit the mark.

Camaro was Chevrolet’s market response to the success of the Ford Mustang. The name, Camaro, is made up by Chevrolet designers and the overall shape and design of this breed is just as attractive today as when it was first released. A strong reason for the buoyant collector’s market appeal.

Professionally finished customizations command higher values than basic factory matched Camaros.

A mix of period correct, original options, and customized performance and comfort improvements will help the value of a first generation Camaro. Customization must be high quality.

Factory original is not always best with Camaros. The Yenko being one example. Yenko was an aftermarket performance upgrade series which commands some of the highest prices for period correct originals.

Drag and race tributes reach huge budgets and are a great car show attraction. These come at a high price with detailed fabrications, finish and performance upgrades.

You can still buy a wrecker Camaro, drivable but not pretty, for under $10,000. A little more for a base model with matching numbers, a six cylinder engine and a column shift auto transmission. These cars form great starter cars for major customization and race tribute cars although some show stoppers can still take the form of a plain base model with the original delivery stickers and fully matched numbers. You could find one like this for only $18,000 or so.

If you’re buying an original car, look for heater unit leaks and rusted floors, and seating and interior trim faults. Being a decades old car, there’s probably many in-dash accessory changes, so look behind the dash for untidy wiring. Wiring can be time consuming and expensive. The usual Chevrolet engine and drivetrain wear points can be found in Camaros, but generally these are great quality cars due to good design durability.

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Post Author: Alan O'Neill

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