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1970 Camaro Coming Out Of Storage After 40 Years In Hiding

We call most of the classic finds we see barn finds just as a blanket term because it’s easy. In most of these cases, the new owner had a stroke of luck in digging out a forgotten relic. Here we have someone who kept their ear to the ground until the right car came along.

After only 7 years on the road, this 1970 Camaro was tucked away for safe keeping. The first owner had put it away so he could enjoy it after retirement. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the chance because he passed away in 2010 shortly after retiring to enjoy his golden years. Four years later, his wife started making sure the car was clean enough to be resold.

Enter Dean Smarr who found out about this well stored classic after others had turned it down. Those other people thought that the engine was seized after so many years sitting but Dean took the chance. His luck held out in that it was only the smog pump that had suffered. With fuel and a new battery, the car turned over and fired up like it was new.

With the original purchase receipt in hand, he was able to do a deep dive on its history. Only 8333 of these Z28s were built for the 1970 production year which makes it somewhat rare. It only had 82,000 miles on the odometer and had never left the state it was bought and stored in.

Other surprises that came up were the manual transmission option and no power steering boxes being ticked. Dean also found that the AM radio, gauges, and lights all still worked after so many years in storage. Other than legal plating and such, the car came out of its hiding place in a nearly roadworthy condition. It only needed brakes, hoses, and belts replaced to be ready to hit the open road again.

Having been a life long fan of the early model second generation Camaro, Dean ended up with the perfect car. It’s not often that a car in storage for nearly 40 years comes out in this kind of condition. We’re happy that other potential buyers passed on it because now Dean gets to have his dream machine. If you’ve ever seen a “barn find” in better condition, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section.

Categories: Production Cars

James Murrell
About James Murrell

I love to read about and research all sorts of vehicles from restored classics to top shelf supercars, monstrous offroaders to weird concept vehicles. I always have a vehicle build happening on one side of my garage for myself and a second bay open for my friends to come and build their dreams too.