1967 Camaro – Muscle Car Power

by Dan Chan

If you have ever experienced being behind the wheel of a 1967 Camaro, you’ll never forget it. It is almost a work of art, an outstanding piece of machinery, and a huge slice of teenage Americana. You can’t get more apple pie than this folks.

The Camaro is like a woman, it is shaped just right. The long hood and short deck styling gives the car a sense of movement even when the car is sitting still. You can almost imagine it burning out even when at rest. The car exudes muscle car to the max.

In 1965, Chevrolet was watching the Mustang phenomenom take off and the Corvair begin to dwindle in interest. The stakes were high when they went to the drawing board and developed the Camro, which was interestingly first called the “Panther.” The new “pony car” was an blockbuster hit. As a testement to its huge popularity, even to this day the Camaro is still in production.

The 67 Camaro was the only first generation Camaro to not have the RPO-Z28 Special Performance Package and the 396-cid displacement engine for SS models. Other distinquishing features include: no front quarter windows, absence of side marker lights, acenter console, VIN tag mounted in door hinge pillar, and came with side-vent windows.

Camaros have held their own in value over the years, and are very popular with classic car collectors. Even in poor condition, a 67 Camaro is often priced at about $8,000. In fact, a Z28 in excellent condition is bringing close to $60,000 today. It is a classic car that really holds its value.

The 1967 Camaro was built on brand new rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform. The body was available as a 2-door, coupe, 2 2 seating, or a convertible. I personally love the coupe, but I will take a candy apple red 67 convertible any day of week.

Factory 67s come with a choice of the inline-6 with the 302, 350, 396 engines or the powerful 396 V8. Let me tell you, the 396 motor can smoke tires like nobody’s business. It is a big toy, for the testosterone enabled overgrown teen. It is simply a hoss of a car. Not just a pony!

If you haven’t ever drove a 67 Camaro, let me tell you, you are in for a treat. The car not only looks great but it is definitely a drivers car. It rides great with great handling and performance for this era of muscle car dominance. If you decide to buy one, you won’t regret it.

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