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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With its aggressive stance, handsome icy blue paint job, and cackling small block under the hood, this 1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 tribute is an awesome show and go piece that will make you smile every time you see it. Its got the right stance, the right hardware, and a bunch of attitude to go with it, making it an ideal choice for cruise nights and having fun. Second generation Camaros are gaining a lot of momentum in the collector car market, and whether theyre stock or lightly modified like this one, they remain brilliant performers with timeless good looks that will never go out of style. This one was originally yellow, but today it wears a metallic blue that might be close to Ascot Blue. Its got a subtle look that doesnt dilute the cars identity, and finish quality is quite good overall. Dig the blacked-out grille and slender chrome bumperettes which define the early Gen Two F-bodies, along with those perfectly applied black SS stripes buried under the clear for a seamless look. Adding just the right balance to the chin spoiler, the large rear spoiler is a three-piece unit that allows the trunk to open and looks like it belongs on a Trans-Am racer. Along the way, youll also notice crisp body lines, excellent panel prep, and a deep finish that will be a pleasure to wax on a Saturday afternoon. If youre looking for a great hobby car, this Camaro does it all extremely well. The black bucket seat interior is almost 100% stock, and with the redesigned Camaro, GM got it right on the first try. Those deep buckets were some of the more supportive seats on the market in 1972, complementing the cars impressive cornering abilities. A center console with that cool horseshoe shifter are a connection to the earlier Camaro, and the steering wheel is a familiar 4-spoke design that still works rather well. This one also offers a rather handsome burled walnut dash applique, grippy fabric on the seats, and an AM/FM/cassette radio that could probably do with an upgrade. The factory gauges cover the basics, so a trio of aftermarket dials were neatly installed at the base of the center stack and we like the look. The back seat is in almost new condition and the clean trunk needs nothing more than a reproduction mat to give it an OEM look. The redesigned Camaro made great use of improved suspension geometry and a 350 cubic inch small block under the hood gives this 72 impressive handling and light steering that make it a pleasure to drive. The engine bay was clearly nicely detailed, with lots of chrome and polished aluminum. However, its not just for show, as it runs superbly thanks to an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, polished intake manifold, and long-tube headers; heck, if you dont drive em, you may as well collect clocks, right? Bright Chevy Orange engine paint looks fresh and the chassiss condition suggests that this car has lived someplace warm all its life. The TH350 3-speed automatic offers snappy shifts and powers a 10-bolt rear end. The suspension has been lowered a bit, giving the car a predatory stance that eliminates fender gap with those big wheels and the recent Flowmaster exhaust system sounds fantastic. Those are fresh American Racing Torque Thrust wheels wearing staggered 235/45/17 front and massive 275/40/18 rear performance radials. This 1972 Camaro is exactly the kind of car that never lasts long on the showroom floor, so call today!
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