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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 15, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

I am chomping at the bit to buy a 67 or 68 Camaro SS or RS/SS coupe.
I had a 68 in my teens and wished I never sold it. That was over 25 years ago.
I have no experience with the buying of such a car and would like any tips you all could give me so that I have a good understanding of what to look out for.
In your opinion, is $20k an amount that would secure a solid car?

Derek-- Rhode Island.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 15, 11:25 AM
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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

I was in your boat last year. It's a lot of reading you need to do to understand value and differences in those cars. It could be a whole college course to be honest. You can certainly ask questions here, but I bought ahttp://www.amazon.com/Restore-Your-Camaro-1967-1969-Restoration/dp/1934709107/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420745146&sr=8-2&keywords=camaro+restorationand it goes through the first gen cars and explains value and how to spot fakes and what to look for and all that. You will appreciate knowing what you are doing vs having someone tell you what to buy in the long run...
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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

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I am chomping at the bit to buy a 67 or 68 Camaro SS or RS/SS coupe.
I had a 68 in my teens and wished I never sold it. That was over 25 years ago.
I have no experience with the buying of such a car and would like any tips you all could give me so that I have a good understanding of what to look out for.
In your opinion, is $20k an amount that would secure a solid car?

Derek-- Rhode Island.
20K for a real SS/RS? No way, not from what I went through trying to buy one.

We ended up with a 68 RS with an incorrect engine for $15,500. The body was straight and rust free, the paint is all there (red over original ash gold) but not shiney. Deluxe interior and trunk is a 9/10.

Basically a nice driver that needs some TLC.

68 is the cheapest year, but also the only year where you cant prove the car is original SS/RS. There is some clues, but very easily faked. I think 68 is the best looking year (round fenders,no wing windows, no gawdy gills or Jordy Laforge headlights haha)

If you are looking for a turnkey SS/RS in any year I would think prices would start at around 30k and go up from there. Anything under that I would expect rust and or paint/mechanical issues.

Even cut to pieces race cars seem to go for 10-15 as a roller around here.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 15, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, people for responding. I don't mind doing research. I thought this would be a good place to start.
So then, a 68 RS model is more in my range of $20k? Would that be more of a turn key situation??

I am still socking cash away as well, so who knows what that # will be when I find a car. That also cash/ $100 bills :-).

I like 68's best as well. Don't care for the look f the 69 much at all.
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Ttwo... I'll get that book and read up !
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 15, 11:40 AM
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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

What ever way you go, look closely for RUST.
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Thanks, people for responding. I don't mind doing research. I thought this would be a good place to start.
So then, a 68 RS model is more in my range of $20k? Would that be more of a turn key situation??

I am still socking cash away as well, so who knows what that # will be when I find a car. That also cash/ $100 bills :-).

I like 68's best as well. Don't care for the look f the 69 much at all.
I would think 20K would get you a nice driver quality small block RS. Probably not numbers matching or anything special. But decent paint and interior and a good running engine. Just from the cars I went and I looked at. Also keep in mind that the cars look way better in the pictures that they do in person.

Maple Motors in Nashville has a little online site where you can get a feel for what you money can do (I'd know about 15% off their asking prices for what I would actually expect to pay and what I found cars for when showing up with cash)

They don't have the nicest cars, but what I would consider solid starting points.
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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

20k should be good for a nice, presentable driver. Not an SSRS in perfect condition but a nice driver none the less.

Search craigslist using searchtempest and you can expand your search quite a bit. I saw one in Western MD a while back that looked like a real nice driver non-SS, non-RS, 350 4 speed car for about 15k. With an extra 5k you can fix a lot of little issues and make it into a nice little car.

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1968 Base hardtop 250 with a P̶G̶ built 2004r
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 15, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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I am taking all this info under advisement. Thanks for taking the time to give your opinions
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 15, 04:52 PM
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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

Best of all, consider the fun and enjoyment of the "search" cause once you have found "the car", the "search experience" is pretty much over until the next passion comes in to focus. The fact you like the 68 model year is to your advantage price wise as they are usually the least expensive of the three model years. The most important thing YOU must make certain of is an inspection to verify there is no RUST or an awareness and acceptance of what RUST there maybe on a given vehicle. Which means it MUST be INSPECTED by you or a qualified and accountable inspector. We have seen many disappointments in the purchase of the dream car that wound up having fresh paint over rusted bodies which turned in to a NIGHTMARE and now that you know the deal, we know you should do well.

ps: do a search on here for "smokey mountain" and you can read up with great detail the experience one of our fellow members experienced with a "sight unseen" purchase.

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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

If you are not in immediate need of buying the Camaro, my suggestion would be to attend the NATIONAL STREET ROD ASSOCIATION in Louisville,KY last og July, first of August.... This is the Superbowl of Car Shows, 4 day event, 10,000 plus cars/vehicles on display and alot of vehicles FOR SALE. Awesome sight.and your mouth will water..................NSRA also has 10 other events held in different part's of the United States, you can go to NSRA.com and read about the different events...Sellers will have Title in hand, and ready to deal....Good Luck, Max in Las Vegas,NV Would bet there will be 1st Gen Camaro's there For Sale......NSRA also has a monthly magazine with a large classified section, they have thousands of memers from all over thr WORLD......
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As the others have noted above, do your homework and have the car inspected by a qualified person who knows what they are looking at. DO NOT buy it without seeing it in person. Lots of crappy work can be hidden with a shiny paint job.

Steve

Oh, and do not get temped by Smoky Mountain Traders who advertise all over eBay. I learned the hard way. (https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=280538)
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Re: Want to buy a 67 or 69 Coupe... Preferably an SS or RS/SS

1968 is the best year for Camaro

As far as the easiest year to fake RS/SS, that has to be 1969 followed by 1967. Just buy from the plethora of tags available online!
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 15, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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1. I would never buy ANY car without seeing it in person.

2. I will conferring with a friend of mine to learn where to look and what to look for when it comes to the bodywork on these old camaros. He inor was an avid owner at one point. I should be able to get some good info from him.
3. I would love to attend a car show/ auction
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 10th, 15, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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1. I would never buy ANY car without seeing it in person.
2. I will be talking with a friend of mine to learn where to look and what to look for when it comes to the bodywork on these old camaros. He was an avid owner at one point. I should be able to get some good info from him.
3. I would love to attend a car show/ auction
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