1967 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Chassis no. 124677N162345
Ostensibly an answer to Ford's sensationally-popular Mustang, Chevrolet's Camaro has roots that date back to 1962, when then-Chevy design chief Irv Rybicki suggested a small 'personal car' based on the Chevy II. General manager Semon 'Bunkie' Knudsen, however, was unconvinced, feeling that Corvair, Chevy II and the upcoming Chevelle had bases well covered. Rybicki, however, continued to work on proposals, and his 'Super Nova' made it to the 1964 New York Auto Show, a few weeks before Mustang's introduction. Once 100,000 Mustangs had been sold, however, GM management gave the Super Nova a more favorable glance. The rush was on to develop a pony car in less than two years.
Mechanically derived from the second-generation Chevy II, the Camaro was similarly a unibody design, with a stub frame ahead of the cowl. Exterior trim could be augmented with a Style Trim Group consisting of stripes and chrome, or one could choose the Rally Sport option to add disappearing headlamps and special taillights. Introduced on September 12, 1966, the Camaro was available either as a coupe or a convertible. Of nearly 221,000 sold about a quarter were soft tops; three quarters were V8s.
The Camaro offered here is no standard muscle car, however. Known as the Black Widow, it has been prepared to goquickly. Under the hood is a big block Chevy 454cid V8 bored 0.030 over and equipped with a mild street cam. Dead dinosaur sauce is sucked through a new Holley 750 pump and Edelbrock intake, an MSD Street Fire Ignition firing through high suppression wires gets the fire started, and the whole shebang is kept frosty by a Champion radiator with a pair of electric thermal control fans. Ceramic coated headers mounted to Flowmaster street mufflers deal with the spent go-juice.
The resulting power is funneled through a Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission with a custom fitted drive shaft to a 10-bolt Positraction rear end. Unidirectional Hanook low profile performance tires shrouding new Boyd Coddington Crown Jewel rims lay down the power while four-wheel disc brakes bring the whole affair to a halt. To ensure she turns as well as she goes and stops, tubular A-arms with new ANC coil springs are found up front and new multi-leaf springs are located astern while Monroe shocks anchor all four corners.
Outside, 12 coats of hand rubbed black paint are finished with a flame red pinstripe by noted pinstripe artist Chuck Llewellen. The new top has been fitted with similarly fresh hydraulic cylinders and pumps while in the cabin custom upholstery has trimmed the original buck seat frames and a Fit and Finish center console round out the package.
Recently completed and ready to go, it is arguably a better machine now that anything one could have gotten off the dealership floor in 67. Before heading out though, it might be good to befriend a local tire shopit is pretty easy to guess that this machine will happily burn rubber all day long.