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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.

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