Lately, at Barn Finds, we have encountered several classic vehicles that have remained within the same family since their inception. This 1971 Chevrolet Camaro epitomizes such a legacy, and it is poised to embark on a new chapter with a prospective owner. Although it lacks the distinction of a Z28 or an SS, this specimen is a genuine survivor, boasting a robust V8 engine. Restoring it to its former glory is a feasible short-term objective, with the current owner intending to rejuvenate it to a factory-fresh condition.

The Second Generation Camaro proved to be a stalwart in Chevrolet’s lineup, adorning showrooms from 1970 until 1981. Its tale could have taken a different turn, with Chevrolet contemplating the discontinuation of the badge in the early 1970s due to a decline in the pony car market, stringent emission regulations, and labor disputes. Nevertheless, the Camaro nameplate endured and continued to flourish until the advent of the Third Generation in 1982. This particular classic rolled off the production line in 1971, ordered by its original owner in Placer Gold. Recently, the seller acquired it from the family that had owned it since its inception and, as a dealer, is now determined to find it a new custodian. It is a dry-climate survivor, exhibiting the slightly weathered patina typical of vehicles from such regions. However, it is far from the most sun-damaged example I have encountered in my years within the classic car realm. Aesthetic restoration is required, but the new owner can approach this project on a fundamentally sound basis. The seller assures that the floors and rails are solid, which is not unexpected. The same goes for the exterior rust, although this Camaro is not without flaws. The provided images reveal rust surfacing near the rear window, but more concerning are the visible front cowl issues. This is never a promising sign, and the absence of engine bay photos makes it impossible to assess the extent of the problem. This classic retains its original trim and glass, all of which should be reusable for a driver-grade restoration.

A single engine bay shot would be invaluable! It would shed light on the cowl’s condition and provide a glimpse of the numbers-matching 307ci V8 lurking beneath the hood. This engine delivers 200 horsepower and 300 ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission. However, the seller does not specify whether the transmission is a two-speed Powerglide or a three-speed Hydramatic. This distinction matters to some, as the Hydramatic utilizes the engine’s power more effectively than the Powerglide. The seller claims that this Camaro runs, but it has been dormant for over six months. Returning it to a roadworthy state might be achievable without incurring substantial costs, a prospect many would find irresistible.

The interior of this Camaro is a delightful surprise. I anticipated extensive sun-damaged vinyl and plastic, but that is not the case. It is not perfect, featuring faded carpet and a minor console issue. However, the Black upholstered surfaces are devoid of rips and significant wear, the dashboard and pad have not suffered from harsh UV rays, and there are no conspicuous aftermarket modifications. The console’s most pressing need appears to be a new shifter lens, which can be found for under $30. If the new owner secures one of these, spends $250 on a carpet set, and thoroughly cleans the remaining components, this interior would be more than acceptable for a driver-grade classic. It is not loaded with factory options, though air conditioning is nearly essential in this car’s locale, and the AM/FM radio spares occupants from a round of Carpool Karaoke.

The seller has listed this 1971 Camaro on eBay in San Antonio, Texas, with an asking price of $12,950 but is open to offers. The Buy It Now figure may be optimistic given the current market, where values for this type of Camaro have recently softened. Consequently, the seller might need to negotiate to secure a new home for it. If you concur with my price assessment, what do you consider a fair sum for this classic?