Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chevrolet Camaro

1967 Chevrolet Camaro
General Motors
C L I C K     T O     E N L A R G E

The Mustang had a couple years jump on the Camaro but there was a clear difference in design philosophy between Ford and Chevrolet and Chevy people merely waited for their brand of road excitement to hit the showroom floor.  Still, that length of wait is going to put most people's loyalty to the test.  What's the harm in just driving the competition a bit until the real thing comes along?
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It's doable.  You're a young family man with no chance of putting a Corvette in the driveway but the Camaro says you don't have to do without.  Trade in your three on the tree for four on the floor and you'll be squealing wheels out the gate instead of lurching to work mornings in an overweight sedan with an anemic six under the bonnet.  Break the cookie jar and make it happen.
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Someone slipped a Corvette engine into their Camaro.  Chevrolet offered up to a 396 which was good for zero to sixty in six even.  But, hey, a new wrench set for Christmas is reason enough to shoehorn King Kong into your hamster wheel.
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Actually they offered the Z/28 in '67 but it didn't get a badge until '68.  It's like half the fun is surprising people when the light says Go!   Here's the specs on the Z car:
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  • V-8 302 cid - maximum displacement allowed for Sports Car Club of America
  • Bore and Stroke:  4.00 x 3.00
  • Horsepower:  290 (rumor has it a lot more)
  • Compression ratio:  11.0 : 1
  • Carburetor:  Holley 4-bbl

So what's it going to take to get you to drive this off the lot today?  
I ain't paying sticker or Dealer Prep.
No problem.  How much you looking to put down?
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  • Average Income:                    7,300
  • Average New Car:                  2,750
  • Gas:                                     0.33 / gallon
  • Movie Ticket:                         1.25
  • Best Picture:                         In the Heat of the Night
  • Best Actor:                           Rod Steiger - Heat of the Night
  • Best Actress:                        Katharine Hepburn - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • Top Rated TV Show:              Andy Griffith Show
  • Top Song:                             To Sir with Love - Lulu
  • Top Album:                           More of the Monkees - Monkees
  • Best Selling Book:                The Arrangement - Elia Kazan
  • Super Bowl I:                        Green Bay Packers
  • World Series:                        Saint Louis Cardinals
Jimmy Hoffa goes to prison, China explodes a hydrogen bomb and the Supreme Court rules laws against interracial marriage are unconstitutional.  Rolling Stone publishes its first issue, Carrol Shelby introduces the Mustang GT-500, the musical Hair debuts on Broadway and Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead appear at the Monterey Pop Festival.

There were a few specialized dealerships in America that offered a 427 Camaro that did the quarter mile in 12.75 seconds at over 110 mph.  For about four grand you got:
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  • 427 cid V-8
  • Muncie 4 speed manual
  • 3.55 : 1 Positraction axle
  • Dual Exhaust
  • Heavy Duty Clutch
  • hefty Front Stabilizer Bar
  • lots of things called heavy-duty and big

Toyota and Nissan were the Hyundais and Kias of the sixties.  Volkswagen was a bug with an under-powered air-cooled engine.  If you're young and its 1967 you're thinking Chevys and Fords.  The Mustang was a pony car that started getting beefy in '67.  The Camaro had the dimensions of the Mustang but it was rounded.  There was that long hood and nominal back seat and a trunk that just kind of ended when the car seemed long enough.  They were fun but performance was more about looks.  Most of the time you're stuck in traffic anyway and road hugging handling is just a commercial featuring a professional driver on a closed course.
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