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Car History Lesson Part 1
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:58:29 PM »
Cheverolet Camaro

Introduction: After two years of watching the Ford Mustang enjoy tremendous success, General Motors finally launched its entry into the pony car segment, the Chevrolet Camaro. Although available with a mediocre six cylinder for volume sales, the Camaro could be equipped with several V8s and a myriad of performance options. Then, of course, was the famous Regular Production Code, Z/28, that would change the industry's view of pony cars.

1967

Comments: Inspired by the success of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet launched its own pony car, the Camaro. Chevrolet stated that the "Camaro" was named after the French word for "comrade," although some linguists argued that it was actually Spanish for a type of shrimp. Not exactly an awe aspiring name for a new pony car. Luckily, the Camaro had the muscle to back up its case. The Camaro was based on the upcomming 1968 Chevy Nova platform, and featured a unibody structure from the windshield and firewall back, with a separate steel rail subframe for everything up front. The Camaro was available from the start in hardtop coupe and covertible body styles, and could be order with nearly 80 factory options and 40 dealer accessories, including three main option packages and a choice of four different engines. The RS package included numerous cosmetic changes including a blacked out grill with hidden headlights, revised parking and tail lights, upgraded interior trim, and RS badging. Of greater interest to enthusiasts was the SS package which included as standard equipment a modified 350 cid V8 (the first 350 engine Chevy ever offered) with an available 396 cid big block producing 325bhp (L35) and later a 375bhp version, along with simulated air-intakes on the hood, special bumble bee striping, and a blacked out grill. It was possible to order both the RS and SS packages, and get a RS/SS Camaro, in which case the RS badging took precedence. Camaro popularity soared when a RS/SS Convertible with the 396 paced the 1967 Indianapolis 500 race.

In December 1966, Chevrolet then quietly released one of the most famous options codes of all time, option Z-28. Unpublicized and unknown by most of the buying public (and most Chevrolet sales people for that matter) and not mentioned in any sales literature, the only way someone could order the Z-28 package was to order a base Camaro with the Z-28 option, mandatory front disc brakes with power assist, and the Muncie 4-speed transmission. You could not order the SS package, automatic transmission, air conditioning, or the convertible. What you got was a unique 302 cid small block (Non-California emission cars were labeled MO while California emission engines were labeled MP) that was created by taking the 327 block and installing the short-stroke 283 crank. Specifically designed to compete in the Club of America Trans Am racing series which placed a 305 cid limit on its entries, the Z-28 was available to the public solely to qualify the car for racing. Advertised horsepower was listed at just 290bhp, which was not very impressive until one hooked it up to a dyno and got actual readings of 360-400 bhp. The Z-28 also came with a competition suspension, broad racing stripes on the hood and trunklid and could be combined with the RS option package. There was no Z-28 badging at all, lest it attract to much attention. The Z-28 proved to be difficult to launch on the street because its high reving engine was lethargic under 4000rpm and worked best when it was shifted at 7500rpm (!). Once it got going, the Z28 was tough to beat and boosted a 140mph top speed and numerous racing victories. Only 602 Z-28s were sold in 1967, making it a truly desirable collectable.

Production:
RS: 64,842
SS: 34,411
Z-28: 609

Engines:
230 I6 140bhp.
250 I6 155bhp @ 4200rpm, 235lb-ft @ 1600rpm.
(Z-28) 302 V8 290bhp @ 5800rpm, 290lb-ft @ 4200rpm.
327 V8 210bhp.
327 V8 275bhp.
350 V8 255bhp.
(SS350) 350 V8 295bhp @ 4800rpm, 380lb-ft @ 3200rpm.
(SS396) 396 V8 325bhp @ 4800rpm, 410lb-ft @ 3200rpm.
(SS396) 396 V8 375bhp @ 5600rpm, 415lb-ft @ 3600rpm.

Performance:
(Z-28) 302/290bhp: 0-60 in 6.9 sec, 1/4 mile in 14.85 sec @ 101mph.
(SS350) 350/295: 1/4 mile in 15.4 seconds @ 90 mph.
(SS396) 396/325bhp: 0-60 in 6.0 sec, 1/4 mile in 14.5 sec @ 99mph.

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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 11:02:34 AM »
The old styles were cool.  Then they ruined it.  The new ones are finally back to being cool



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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 02:19:23 AM »
True that. I loved the first gen body type. Then the second gen body type sucked.
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but then the 3rd gen came out and these weren't bad. I had one myself. one of the most popular modded styles(as the first gen is soo expensive.)

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then they messed the body style up again..

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but now with everything going retro. the original bodystyle is back. Making the new camaros hotter than ever.

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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 09:05:48 AM »
Great history lesson on the Camaro.   I loved the '67 Camaros!  Always wanted one.

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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009, 10:17:14 AM »
When I was 18 or 19, I owned a 1976 Camaro,I miss that car.

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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2009, 12:37:09 PM »
Why you guys hate the fourth gen?  That thing was a freakin' rocket.  I'm going to buy me another one pretty soon.  I don't care for the newest ones.  I guess I spent way too much time driving the fourth gens, and have quite a fondness for them. 

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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009, 07:37:09 PM »
fourth gen wasn't a bad car, it just looked too much like other cars IMO. It was missing that "Hey I'm a camaro and not like any other car" look. Thats not to say I wouldn't drive the heck out of one if I had one, I'd rather buy a 3rd gen. maybe because I owned one and have helped mod a few.

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Re: Car History Lesson Part 1
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2009, 01:08:07 PM »
Hello all, I am very new to this website. I was invited by a member code named Bigred. I am a camaro fan I was 5minutes short of being born in a 68 rs. I really have to beg to differ imo, I think the first 3 yrs of the second gen are very sexy cars. That picture that was posted does not do it justice. I am currently building a 1974 that has the 70-73 tail light panel/quarters, and a 1970 z28 front clip. I love these cars. 67/68's are sexy cars by far. But I love a 70-73. The new camaro's are tastefully done. I also got my hands on a 1966 pontiac lemans but camaro first. It's a pleasure finding this website. I never knew places like this existed.

 



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