As sporty as a Camaro looks on mag wheels and raised-white-letter tires, sometimes a lower-trim example on steel wheels and hubcaps can draw even more attention – maybe just because we aren’t used to seeing them preserved that way.
The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1976 Chevrolet Camaro listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Stow, Massachusetts. (Click the link to view the listing)
“Documented one-owner 1976 Chevrolet Camaro sport coupe powered by its numbers-matching 8-cyl 305cid 2bbl motor mated to the automatic transmission,” the listing reads. “44,000 original miles with documentation!”
This muscle car comes from the Camaro’s second generation which spanned model years 1970 through 1981. It shared the F-body platform with the Pontiac Firebird and was longer, wider, and lower than the prior generation. In 1973, federal regulations required updates to the front and rear bumpers for impact absorption so cosmetic changes were applied. For 1976, the base engine was a 250cid six-cylinder, and V8 powerplants were available in both 305cid and 350cid displacements. Power brakes became standard for all V8 models that year.
The exterior of this well-preserved coupe is painted Fire Thorn Red, and the listing describes the cosmetic condition in greater detail: “Floors, trunk, frame, and rockers are 100% solid and rust-free. The only rust present is at the bottom of the front fenders. If this is an issue, new OEM fenders can be included in the sale. Car is all original and unmolested, original sheet metal.”
The documentation accompanying the car states that it was sold to a John W. Moore on June 2, 1976, from Means Chevrolet-Olds, Inc in Ipswich, Massachusetts. An odometer mileage statement, maintenance schedule, warranty booklet, brochure, and owner’s manual are included. I looked up some history on the facility (located at 96 County Road) and learned that it was last sold in 2014 after changing hands a few times prior. It would be a lot of fun to buy this Camaro and take it over for a few photos in front of the building where it was originally delivered new 47 years ago.
The seller has provided a two-minute video demonstrating a start-up, functionality of some of the features, an interior/exterior walkaround, and a look inside the engine bay.
As for those 14-inch steel wheels, if those aren’t your cup of tea, the sale includes a set of 15-inch honeycomb style wheels (as well as a rear spoiler) to dress the car up a little.
“Runs and drives excellent, needs nothing,” the listing concludes.
The seller is asking $16,900 or best offer for this largely-original Camaro.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.
When I met my wife in 1980 she was driving this car, in white with red interior. It also had the 305. Now, at the time, this car was only four years old and had maybe 40K miles on it – and it was a piece of crap. The whole car was rusting out and I could get out and run faster than that car would go. I wouldn’t give you $1,600 for it, never mind $16K.
So John, fond memories eh? lol
How’d ya guess?? LOL.
Rot through on the LF fender, not “rust,” note the quick walk by o the video, compared to the longer look at the right side. Why was the heater core disconnected, leaking? Dig the FM converter, though. Pontiac had the Honeycomb wheels, the ones pictured are of the Camaro “Rally” style. The ones I had were also 14″, but there might be others out there.