Solid gold

Australian Muscle Car - - Mail -

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.

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