Barn and garage finds are still there, hidden under tarps or covered in discarded items. It’s an inglorious fate for these classic cars, but they end up being rediscovered and brought back to the sun.
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Well, the best way to stumble upon a forgotten or misplaced classic car or truck is to keep your eyes and ears open. It’s also helpful to have friends who might know one or have heard rumors of a “cool car”. This is the case with this 1967 RS Camaro which was saved by Lewis Roberts. If his name sounds familiar to you, it’s because we recently did a feature on his 1990 Mustang with turbocharged Coyote engine. Well, turns out he likes Camaros too.
As he told us: “Phil, my childhood neighbor, contacted me about the Camaro. He told me that his uncle was going to an assisted living facility and that he had to sell the car and his house to pay. The Camaro was purchased new. in 1967 by his uncle’s parents, who started the first vending machine service in Putnam County, Tennessee after World War II. The company name was HL Qualls. They never sold vehicles; when one was worn out, they would park it right behind the vending machine business and buy another. The Camaro stayed in the vending machine building until they sold the building and Phil’s uncle took the car to his garage for a drive home. While removing the carburetor, he broke two bolts in the manifold. It was 1997. After that he lost interest and he just sat there until we got the car out. So it’s been 25 years since the RS Camaro hid under a tarp in the garage.
The Camaro was in excellent condition. “The first time we went and looked at it to make an offer was like stepping back in time and walking into a Chevy dealership in 1967. It’s rare to see one that’s all original fact and which has never been manipulated,” Lewis explained. The interior was dirty, but everything is there and they will try to clean and salvage as many of the original parts as possible. The car is an RS, but it didn’t have many other options, as evidenced by the standard door panels.
The engine looks like it did in 1997 when the owner broke the carb studs and ditched the Camaro. The carburetor was found inside the car and a broken stud is still patiently waiting to be removed from the factory intake. Again, you can see how unoptional the car was; manual brakes, no power steering and no air conditioning. We don’t know what happened to the passenger side fender brace, but it was likely left after the fender was replaced following a small accident. It’s pretty cool to see an engine bay in this original condition.
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In addition to the Camaro, there were plenty of old Mopar parts, including two Barracuda hoods, three doors, two sets of front and rear seats, four transmissions, and a complete 383 engine. There were also plenty of other interior trim and parts, some new in the box. Lewis and his friends spent the whole day rummaging around and uncovering bins of vintage parts. They even found the stock front fender from the Camaro that was removed after a minor fender bender at some point in its past. For a few thousand more, they were able to get all the Mopar bits and a few Ford parts back as part of the deal! As for the Camaro, it turns out that Lewis already has a 1969 Camaro project and his wife, Molly, is rocking her own Camaro RS 67, so this one will go to her buddy Gerald who is going to pick up the survivor. 1967 RS Camaro back on its rightful road. –Photos by: Lewis Roberts