With all the hoopla surrounding the new Camaro 1LE, let's look back at the original.
The story of the ZL1 Camaro, fitted with that rarest of the rare, all-aluminum 427 big-block V-8, is one that has often been told: How only 69 were made, how they exploited the GM option-ordering system, and how they've become the Camaro guy's ultimate Camaro.
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There are so many early Camaros running around that it would be easy to think that most were high-end SS models. Well, thats not true and this honest 1967 Chevrolet Camaro is much closer to reality. With a great running 350, an interesting color combination, and honest good looks, its the kind of middle-of-the-road Camaro most guys ended up with yet theyre hardly ever seen today. That alone makes it special. The Granada Gold finish is too cool if you like your cars a little unusual. Despite the cars humble beginnings, the fact that it spend its life in in a warm climate and still wears all its original sheetmetal means that it was an ideal candidate for a makeover. They pulled the carpets and found virgin steel underneath, so they knew theyd found a special car. They removed all the trim, realigned all the panels to make everything as right as it could be, then gave it a full coat of Granada Gold urethane thats about a mile deep. The work was done back in 2008 or 2009, but its so clean today that it seems months old, not years. And aside from a few signs of use it remains in excellent condition with a very OEM look; thats a correct base Camaro grille, there are no stripes, and even the factory badges are stil in place. However, they did add a cowl-induction hood and a ducktail spoiler, but it looks so awesome, you cant argue with that particular choice. The matching gold interior is completely restored and it looks awesome. Again, you need to love the unusual color combinations but this car will definitely stand out in a field of garden-variety red and orange F-bodies. Sporting standard buckets, its remarkably well detailed with only light signs of use on the drivers seat, but no major splits or tears that would suggest it has been driven a lot. A center console is a desirable option and the headliner is in amazing condition. The factory gauges are a little cloudy, but they cover the basics and are joined by a set of white-faced oil pressure, voltage, and temperature gauges under the dash. It also includes an upgraded AM/FM/cassette radio, stock T-handle shifter, and three-spoke steering wheel, all of which are in excellent shape. The trunk is neatly trimmed with a reproduction mat and full-sized spare with a color-matched steel wheel (which is probably how it was delivered in 1967). The 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood is quite a bit more potent than the original 327. Outfitted with aluminum heads, an Edelbrock intake manifold, new Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and a decent cam inside, it loves to rev and sounds nasty. It also starts easily and runs great out on the road. With the automatic transmission, its plenty entertaining to drive and doesnt ever get cranky in traffic. Long-tube headers feed a Flowmaster dual exhaust system, and the TH350 3-speed automatic snaps off lightning-quick shifts that make it a blast to drive. Out back theres a burly 12-bolt rear end hanging on monoleaf springs and you can see how clean the floors are. Front disc brakes are a welcome feature and it sits on a set of Torque Thrust style wheels that look great against the gold paint and carry fat blackwall tires that are all business. This Camaro proves that theres joy in being different, even if it is one of the most popular cars ever made. Enjoy the attention that comes with marching to a slightly different drummer. Call today!
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