CAR OF 1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO
OK, so Bruce Springsteen blows a Camaro off the strip with his scratch-built ‘69 Chevy in his epic song Racing In The Streets, but back in 1967 Chevrolet executives were more interested in slowing down the runaway success of Ford’s Mustang at a time when the Corvair was falling from grace. The Camaro was the response.
The first Camaro debuted for the 1967 model year, arriving on a rear-wheel drive General Motors F-body platform. It was available as a two-door coupé or convertible, with standard, Super Sport and Rally Sport editions. The engine bay was designed to house a number of different power plants with inline six or V8 options.
Chevrolet also tackled the Mustang in racing, as success here could influence sales. The Z/28 coupé was aimed at the Trans-Am road racing series with a 302ci/290hp rating to be within the series’ 305ci max. Stripes on the hood and trunk lid distinguish a Z/28. There was also the SS Indy 500 Pace variant. Rematch, Mr Springsteen?
Chevy’s Mustang rival sold 220,000 in its first year.