1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet realized that the Corvair, though compact and sporty, was no true match for the wild success of Ford’s Mustang. The 1967 model year saw the introduction of the first generation Chevrolet Mustang. Built on a new rear-wheel drive GM-F body platform, this first model was available as a two-door coupe or convertible with 2+2 seating. The Camaro was given the same rear-drive, front-engine orientation as the Mustang and Chevy Nova. In fact, the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro shared the subframe, semi-unibody design with the ‘68 Chevy II Nova.

There were numerous factory and dealer options for this generation of Camaro, including the three main packages: the RS (Rally Sport), the SS (Super Sport), and the Z/28. The Z/28 included stripes down the hood and trunk, stylized rally road wheels, and a 302cu in V8 engine. The SS featured non-functional air inlets on the hood, special striping, and SS badging on the grille, front fenders, gas cap, and horn button. It was possible to combine the options for the Super Sport and Rally Sport Camaro, resulting in an RS/SS. In its first year of production, the Camaro RS/SS convertible with a 396 engine paced the Indy 500.

The Z/28 option code wasn’t quite as well known as the other options. It was based on the concept of any Chevrolet dealer having “virtually race-ready” Camaros for sale. This package wasn’t, however, mentioned in any of the sales literature and remained unknown to the majority of buyers. Power front disc brakes and a close-ratio Muncie 4-speed manual transmission were required by the Z/28 Camaro option. Chevrolet opted to keep the horsepower rating at less than one hp per cubic inch, for various reasons including insurance and racing classes. The Z/28 Camaro option came with upgraded suspension, racing stripes on the hood and trunk lid, ‘302’ front fender emblems on the 67 and early 68 cars, and 'Z/28' emblems in late 68 & 69. It was also possible to combine the Z/28 package with the RS package.

The Camaro was built for options, and this model stuck until model year 1969 saw a redesign, but eventually the first generation Camaro would be used as inspiration for the recent fifth generation.