1977 Chevrolet Camaro
Chevy brought back the Z28 performance
model on the 1977 Camaro.
The 1977 Chevrolet Camaro lineup resurrected the Z28 model in mid-season after two seasons without it. Chevrolet executives felt it was needed to rival the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Instead of straight-line action, though, the focus shifted to handling.
Rather than try to build a fire-breathing speed machine, Chevy created a true road car. Even so, engineers injected as much get-up-and-go as they could given the current state of emissions technology.
Enthusiasts cheered the revived Z28's debut at the Chicago Auto Show, despite a $5,170 price. The four-barrel, 350-cubic-inch V-8 shot a reasonably vigorous 185 horsepower toward Goodyear GR70x15 rubber.
Otherwise, changes were few, apart from new interior appointments. The Type LT offered bright new woven-cloth upholstery instead of the previous plaid material (vinyl continued as an alternative). Hidden wipers became standard for all models.
"Pure driving pleasure" was Chevrolet's promise to buyers of a Camaro, touted as "definitely a driver's car." Camaros again had a standard 110-horsepower 250-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine. The V-8 measured 305 cubic inches and delivered 145 horses.
Output set a record for the second-generation Camaro, with 218,853 coupes produced. And, Camaro outsold Ford's Mustang for the first time ever.
The Z28 had adequate power (185 horses)
but its strong suit was handling.
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