The Chevrolet Camaro was a small car presented in The United States and Canada by the Chevrolet Motor Department of General Motors at the beginning of the 1967 model year as competitors for the Ford Mustang. Although it was practically a portable (by the requirements of the time), the Camaro, like the entire class of Mustang competitors, was soon called a pony car. Though the car’s name was contrived with no definition, General Motors scientists located the word in a French thesaurus as a slang term for pal or companion. Ford Motor Firm scientists uncovered other meanings, consisting of a shrimp-like creature and a mysterious term for loose bowels! In some automotive periodicals prior to official launch, it was code-named Panther. Sharing mechanicals with the upcoming 1968 Chevrolet Nova, the Camaro included unibody framework. Chevrolet supplied the car in just 2 body designs, a coupe and convertible. Nearly 80 factory and 40 supplier alternatives consisting of 3 main bundles were availed.
RS Plan consisted of several cosmetic modifications such as RS badging, concealed headlights, passed out grill, revised taillights and interior trims. SS Bundle included modified 5.7 L V8 engine also L35 396 in ³ big blocks was availed. SS showcased non-functional air inlets on the hood, unique striping and passed out grill. It was feasible to order both – RS and SS bundles to obtain RS/SS Camaro. In 1967 Camaro RS/SS Convertible Camaro with 396 in ³ engine paced the Indianapolis 500 race. Z28 option code was introduced in 1966. This choice package was not stated in any sales literature so was unidentified by the majority of the customers. The only method to buy Z28 package was to buy base North Park Chevrolet near San Antonio with Z28 option, front disc brakes, power guiding and Muncie 4-speed transmission. Z28 plan featured distinct 302 in ³ small block engine, designed particularly to compete in the Club of America Trans Am racing series.
Marketed power of this engine was detailed at 290 hp while actual dyno analyses rated it at 360 to 400 hp. Z28 also had updated suspension and auto racing stripes on the hood. It was possible to combine Z28 package with RS bundle. Just 602 Z28’s were sold. The larger second-generation Camaro included an all-new smooth body and boosted suspension. The 1970-1/2 Camaro debuted as a 2 +2 coupe; no convertible was offered and would not show up once again up until well into the third generation. Besides the base model, customers could pick the Rally Sporting activity option with a distinct front nose and bumper, a Super Sporting activity plan, and the Z-28 Special Performance Package including a brand-new high-performance 360 hp (268 kW) 350 in ³ (5.7 L) cid V8. The 1972 Camaro endured two significant troubles. A UAW strike at a GM assembly plant in Ohio interfered with production for 174 days, and 1100 Camaros had to be junked because they did not meet 1973 Federal bumper safety requirements.