While there is neither surviving documentation nor a chassis plate to indicate who did the right-hand drive conversion on the stunning gold ’67 model Camaro featured here, it’s likely to have been either a Ray Morris or Bill Buckle job, possibly on behalf of Randwick and Sydney CBDbased GM-H dealer Stack and Co.
Current owner Barry from Sydney’s south purchased the car “about 40 years ago” from his father-in-law, who’d bought it off its original owner, a doctor in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Barry’s father-in-law owned the Camaro for almost 10 years before deciding to upgrade to a new car. “They were only offering my fatherin-law $6000 trade in on it,” Barry says. “So I decided I would buy it off him. But then he turned around and sold it to me for $7000!”
If Barry felt he got the rough end of the deal with the in-laws over the Camaro, he’ll likely have the last laugh as today the old Chev is worth quite a lot more than sevengrand. Not that it’s about the money. Over the years Barry has had countless offers to buy it. Even though the car only does about 20km each week these days, barely a week goes when Barry doesn’t have someone approach him with an offer (in fact, there was a gent offering to buy the Camaro when we met with Barry prior to the photoshoot). “I don’t think I’ll ever sell it,” Barry says. “I love it. I’d only consider selling it if there was something on the market I wanted to own more than this car, and I haven’t seen anything.” As an ‘Australian’ Camaro, Barry’s car is very rare, being one of the few surviving RHD-converted early models still in original, unrestored condition – apart from a respray some years ago and a recent upgrade from front drum brakes to discs.