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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 10th – 12th , 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 4th Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Contrary to popular opinion, Chevrolet’s Camaro was designed from the outset as a more conventional replacement for the rear-engine Corvair and not a belated General Motors response to Ford’s wildly successful Mustang. A group of 52 “Pilot” or pre-production Camaros was built at Chevrolet’s Norwood, Ohio and Los Angeles assembly plants and full-scale production began in August 1966, with dealer introductions the next month. First offered for model year 1967, the Camaro was value-priced from just $2,466 for the basic hardtop coupe and available with virtually every factory option Chevrolet offered. Best of all for performance fans, the Camaro’s engine bay was able to accommodate virtually the entire Chevrolet passenger-car engine range, from thrifty inline sixes and lightweight but powerful small-block V-8s, all the way up to the fire-breathing Mark IV big-blocks in 396 cubic-inch displacement.
Chevy racers quickly adopted the Camaro. In the hands of Penske Racing and Mark Donohue in SCCA Trans-Am competition and Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins in Super Stock drag racing, the Camaro became an almost instant motorsports legend. This status strongly influenced Camaro sales on the showroom floor and today, the Camaro, in all of its generations, still generates fierce enthusiast and collector passion. The Camaro proved to be an extremely successful gamble for Chevrolet, with total production for the 1967 model year reaching nearly 221,000 vehicles. Public fervor continued strongly for 1968, with production increasing solidly to 235,147 units. Meanwhile, Ford Mustang sales began to stall, reflecting the greater variety of competitors in an increasingly crowded market for sporty personal cars in America. Most recently, the first pre-production Camaro was inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register in testament to its significance to motordom.
Offered at No Reserve, this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro has been a local California car throughout its lifetime and as such, it is a particularly desirable rust-free vehicle. It was restored during 2014 and in addition to a repaint in its original color, the Camaro also features a new interior. Power is delivered by a new Target 350 crate motor and a new transmission for great cruising and performance. As offered, it is a great example from the Camaro’s historic first model year.