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Username Post: First Generation (1967-1970)        (Topic#306257)
Tony 
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Loc: Orange County CA.
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12-26-13 07:45 AM - Post#2410569    

The Chevrolet Camaro's lineage can be traced through four generations, with the first generation Camaro a unibody structure from the windshield and firewall back, with a separate steel rail subframe for everything up front. Double A-arms made up the independent front suspension while the solid rear axle was suspended by semi-elliptical leaf springs. Braking came via four drums, the steering was manual, and Chevy's rugged 230-cubic-inch straight six (rated at 140 horsepower) feed power through a three-speed manual transmission.

The base $2,466 '67 Camaro sport coupe was lean and aggressive, as was the convertible. Drivers did have the option of picking or combining individual options or trim packages called RS and SS.

Buyers could opt for a larger 250-inch version of the six making 155 horsepower, a 210-horsepower 327-cubic-inch small-block V8 fed by a two-barrel carb, that same V8 with a four-barrel carb and a higher compression ratio was rated at 275 horsepower, or two versions of the 396-cubic-inch big-block V8 making either 325 or 375 horsepower. Those engines could be lashed to a series of wide- or short-ratio three- or four-speed manual transmissions, or one of two automatics: the slushy two-speed Powerglide or outstanding three-speed Turbobydramatic.

The Rally Sport (RS) appearance package brought deluxe interior trim and hidden headlights with it, and the high-performance Super Sport (SS) package had its own distinct decoration (including a domed hood with simulated vents, "bumble bee" stripes at the nose and SS badges), a heavy-duty suspension and larger D70-series tires on 14-inch wheels.

The SS-350 model also offered a new 350-cubic-inch small-block V8 rated at 295 horsepower (Chevy's first 350). The Rally Sport and Super Sport packages could be ordered together to create the fully decked out RS/SS. The RS/SS convertible powered by a 396 paced the 1967 Indianapolis 500. The final Camaro package, introduced in December 1966, was the Z/28 which was powered by a special high-compression 302-cubic-inch and rated at 290 horsepower.

While the 1969 Camaro's structure and mechanical elements were virtually unchanged from the '68 model, new fenders, door skins, rear quarter-panels, grille and taillights gave the car a wider, lower appearance. A redesigned dash and more comfortable seats made it more livable, too. But it was the wealth of performance equipment that marked 1969 as the greatest model year for Camaros.

A new low-performance 200-horsepower 307-cubic-inch small-block (a 327 crank in a 283 block) supplemented the low-performance 327 and a new 255-horsepower 350 replaced the better-performing 327. Chevy produced its second Camaro Indianapolis 500 pace car and offered replicas of the white RS/SS convertible with orange stripes and orange houndstooth upholstery to the public (the actual pace car was powered by a 396, but most of the replicas had 350s). In addition, two radical Camaros were produced in extremely limited numbers under special Central Office Production Orders (COPO) 9560 and 9561.

The COPO 9561 was a basic Camaro sport coupe stuffed with 427 cubic inches of all-iron big-block making 425 horsepower. Most of the 1,015 COPO 9561s were delivered to Pennsylvania's Yenko Chevrolet for conversion into that dealership's signature Camaro. Even rarer was the COPO 9560 featuring the legendary all-aluminum ZL-1 427 also rated at 425 horsepower. Only 69 of the ZL-1s were built, and because of their rarity, tremendous output and relatively low weight, they are today considered the quickest and most valuable Camaros ever built. Sales of the 1969 models extended into the winter of 1969 and early 1970; some of these lingering '69s may have been titled as 1970 models.



Edited by Tony on 12-26-13 07:46 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 




Carnut67 
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Loc: Tyler, Texas
Reg: 06-03-03
04-16-15 01:20 PM - Post#2540016    
    In response to Tony

The Rally Sport did not include deluxe interior trim, other than an RS horn button. The deluxe interior called "Custom Interior" was separate and an option on any Camaro. The RS package was a trim option, mainly the hidden headlights and parking lights and backup lights below the bumper. It also included bright trim below the door and fenderwell brightwork, an RS gas cap and emblems.



 
pdq67 
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Posts: 461

Loc: Columbia, MO, USA
Reg: 08-31-02
04-20-15 06:09 PM - Post#2541182    
    In response to Carnut67

As well as the years were only '67 through '69.

I think there was a strike that postponed the '70 cars until '70-1/2??

This is why we have so many more '69 cars than the other two years.

And fwiw, there is/was a guy over on Team Camaro handled JohnZ that knows one heck of a lot about the 1st Gens.. I think he actually worked for GM...

I haven't been here long enough to know if it has been mentioned, but there is the "CRG" site that deals with the history of the 1st Gens.

My car is registered with them..

pdq67



 
jazz1 
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Posts: 93
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Loc: Thunder Bay
Reg: 11-21-13
10-20-15 10:27 AM - Post#2583712    
    In response to pdq67

No mention of the Black Panther edition Camaro? Only 2 known to remain and one of those got loaded up and shipped to Toronto yesterday.



 
jazz1 
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Loc: Thunder Bay
Reg: 11-21-13
10-25-15 06:10 AM - Post#2584626    
    In response to jazz1

This is the car

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pdq67 
Member
Posts: 461

Loc: Columbia, MO, USA
Reg: 08-31-02
10-30-15 04:59 PM - Post#2585838    
    In response to jazz1

I have read a little about the Panther so knew it existed.

pdq67



 
Ipanema 
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Reg: 01-19-17
04-13-17 12:59 PM - Post#2686485    
    In response to jazz1

Sex on wheels.

Anymore pics?



 




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