For the record, anyone who buys a car solely to speculate on it’s value like real estate rubs my nerves raw. But, whether I agree with it or not, value speculation is a real thing in this hobby and while I hate it with a burning passion, I have to say that if it means cars and trucks get cleaned up and saved, at least there is some kind of good that can come out of it. The Rough Start budget doesn’t normally lend itself to this kind of thing, but in the case of today’s ride, it does surprisingly well.
I love mid-second gen Camaros. They are my first automotive love. But in the last few years, their values have gone to where split-bumper cars were. Paying ten grand for a big-bumper Camaro used to be laughable…now, it’s a reality. But if you know where to look you can find a working, driving Camaro that will lend itself to a clean-up light restoration nicely. This 1976 Type LT is such a car…overall, this is a nice driver-quality car that upon the purchase price of $4,800, should get you wherever you want to go. That’s just the start, though. The color combination of dark blue with a black gut will make for an easy restoration, the interior isn’t horrible or even that worn, the body looks good enough for a Craigslist ad, and the paperwork is all there.
It would be tempting to tweak this Camaro just a little bit, though. We’d look for a front bumper that doesn’t have the extra padding and we couldn’t leave well enough alone underhood…a Camaro should be making better than 150 horsepower on it’s best day, don’t you think? Nobody will harass us for those decisions. The one that will cause some controversy: would you leave the car without a spoiler or would you immediately go get one of the three-piece units for the tail? We’d be careful and consider any and every modification before doing it, though…with the way the values are climbing, you don’t want to go too far.