Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
In 1964, GM gave the go-ahead for their very own “Pony Car” to directly compete with the Mustang.
Two years later, and the Chevrolet Camaro was ready for purchase.
From its start, the Camaro was available in hardtop or convertible, three different option packages with nearly 80 different factory options, and 40 dealer accessories, and four different options.
It was first marketed as a “road machine” and promised buyers “wide stance stability, and big car power,” but in reality, it was more of a “Junior Corvette” that gave the family man with a hunkering for a real sports car the opportunity to buy one with four seats.
The RS package included numerous cosmetic changes including a blacked-out grill with hidden headlights, revised parking and taillights, upgraded interior trim, and RS badging.
The SS package contained a modified 350 V8 with an available 396 producing 325hp and later a 375hp version, along with simulated air intakes on the hood, special bumble bee striping, and a blacked-out grill. It was possible to order a RS/SS.
The Z/28 included front disc brakes, Muncie 4-speed, and was available to the public solely to qualify the car for racing. The 302 V8 was rated at 290hp, but rumored to be much more. It also came with competition suspension, broad racing stripes, and could be combined with RS package. No Z/28 badging, because that would have attracted too much attention. The Z/28 was tough to beat and boasted a 140mph top speed and numerous racing victories.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|396ci/325hp||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 95.0 mph||Motor Trend|
|302ci/290hp||6.7 sec||14.9 sec @ 97.0 mph||Car & Driver|
|350ci/295hp||8.0 sec||15.4 sec @ 90.0 mph||Motor Trend|
|327ci/275hp||10.7 sec||18.2 sec @ 77.0 mph||Motor Trend|
|Std. I-6||230ci||1x1bbl||140 hp||220 lb-ft|
|L22 I-6||250ci||1x1bbl||155 hp||235 lb-ft|
|Z/28||302ci||1x4bbl||290 hp||290 lb-ft|
|L30||327ci||1x4bbl||275 hp||355 lb-ft|
|STD V8||327ci||1x2bbl||210 hp||320 lb-ft|
|L48||350ci||1x4bbl||295 hp||380 lb-ft|
|L78||396ci||1x4bbl||375 hp||415 lb-ft|
|L35||396ci||1x4bbl||325 hp||410 lb-ft|
Ask Camaro expert Richard Ehrenberg