An abandoned 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS found in the basement of an ex-rich person is all the proof you need that when times get tough, even the most prized possessions will get left behind.
This classic muscle car was discovered in a basement in Italy after its previous owner abandoned it. Now we've seen much more exotic machinery found in barns, but it's unique when a piece of Americana gets discovered in Europe. We've been to the Italian Peninsula before, and we're not sure a '68 Camaro would fit on what the Italians consider a two-way street. Perhaps that's the reason why the owner gave up on owning a muscle car in supercar country.
In a video posted to YouTube by Steve Ronin, we learn a little more about this mysterious basement find.
According to Ronin, the car's owner was a doctor who came to the small Italian village in the 1930s. The doctor had purchased a massive mansion on the edge of town that is said to have been built in the late 1700s. In the 1960s, the doctor mysteriously vanished, leaving his belongings intact inside the grandiose house, including his Chevy Camaro.
In the video, the pony car can be seen collecting dust in a huge basement filled with all sorts of belongings, including antique furniture. The vehicle is covered in thick dust, as you'd expect, but the interior looks rather mint and primed for restoration. The exterior shows some surface rust, and some of the paint is peeling, but the body's overall condition looks impressive.
This is clearly an RS model by looking at the front grille and hidden headlamps.
One glance at the badges on the front fenders tells us that this Chevy Camaro is powered by a 327 cubic-inch V8 engine.
These engines were rated between 210 horsepower and 320 lb-ft and 275 hp and 355 lb-ft of torque, with power being sent to the rear wheels. The rectangular turn signals also tell us that this is a 1968 model. Chevy built 41,000 RS models for the 1968 model year, with more than 20,000 examples featuring the 327 engine option. So it might not be massively collectible, but it's still a classic that deserves a second chance at life.