1967 Chevy Camaro: The Beginning of an Icon
The first generation Chevy Camaro was unveiled on September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year It lasted just two years before a second generation was introduced for 1969. At its debut, this now iconic muscle car had a new rear-wheel drive GM F-platform available as either a coupe or convertible. A choice of either a 6-cylinder or V8 was offered along with a mind-numbing 80 factory options and an additional 40 dealer options. One could pick and choose through it all or go with one of three packages. PHOTOS: See More of the 1967 Chevy Camaro
The RS package was purely about appearance, adding in hidden headlights and revised taillights. It also got special RS badging, wing windows, and exterior rocker trim to show that it was a little something special.
Next up was the SS package which came with a 5.7-liter V8 engine with the L35 and L78 6.5-liter big-block V8s available. It got air inlets that looked good but did nothing and badging on the grille, fenders, gas cap and horn button. This trim had both looks and a beefier performance.
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The last option was the Z/28 which aimed for a race-ready Camaro that could be bought directly from a dealer without any special ordering required. It wasn’t even listed as an option in the brochures, so most didn’t even know it existed and only 602 were sold in 1967.
Those who did find out about its existence got power front disc brakes, a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission, and a 4.9-liter small-block V-8 engine. Chevy billed the Z/28 Camaro as having 290 horsepower at 5300 rpm, but it was actually higher. The true number was 360 horsepower with the single four barrel carb and 400 horsepower with optional dual-four barrel carbs.
Those are impressive numbers whether you’re talking 1967 or today.
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