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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Launched in 1966 for the 1967 model year, Chevrolet’s sporty Camaro was a runaway success with no signs of slowing down today. Featuring incomparable history from new, this 1967 Camaro SS396 rolled off the assembly line as a 396/325-horsepower car with a Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission. It was purchased new in Portland, Oregon by Robert Olsen, a local racer and professional mechanic, who immediately ordered an L88 427 and installed it in the Camaro within a couple of months of taking delivery. The current owner, who was then aged 12, cared for this car washing, waxing it and lettering the wrinkle-wall slicks with a white crayon stick in preparation for the Camaro’s next race. Lanny Mathieu, a friend and employee of Robert Olsen, purchased the car in 1968 and used it as a daily driver and raced it locally until 1980 or so, when he decided to built a 454 to replace the L88. However, the local machine shop convinced Lanny to remove the 454. Next, he sold the Camaro to the current owner, the kid who always wanted the car and had been its dedicated caretaker for so many years.
The Camaro patiently sat for years until 2013, when its complete rotisserie restoration was initiated. In keeping with both the Camaro’s original factory specifications and the mighty spirit of the hotter L88 427 it raced with for years, a correct 4-bolt 396/375-hp big-block was built up to L88 427 specifications. The original 12-Bolt rear end assembly remains is in place and delivers the engine’s massive power and torque output via 4.10:1 gears and Poisitraction. Complementing the factory-original Marina Blue exterior paint color, the factory Bright Blue Deluxe interior was restored to showroom condition, and includes the original floor console and gauges. The underside of the car and all underpinnings were treated similarly and restored to flawless original condition. Factory front disc brakes, 14-inch Rally wheels, and a bright new OEM exhaust system nicely contrasting the Satin Black chassis provide great finishing touches. In short, all components and virtually every nut and bolt were refurbished to factory appearance and operation, rendering this clean, honest-to-goodness muscle car so appealing and well finished that it is a sure-fire attention magnet, worthy of die-hard Chevy collectors and Camaro enthusiasts alike. Blessed with great history from new, with a long-term personal connection to the current owner and his local heroes, this awesome first-year Camaro SS is ready for show and go!