1974 Chevrolet Camaro
The Z28 performance version of the
Chevrolet Camaro would be gone after 1974.
The 1974 Chevrolet Camaro had large five-mph aluminum bumpers on both ends, to meet tigher government regulations. A sloping lattice-work grille decorated the facelifted Camaro's front end, gracefully integrated within the prow-like nose. The new front-end shape added about eight inches to overall length.
Wraparound taillights replaced the round units, as the rear end was altered to accommodate deeper bumpers. With a lithely shaped Camaro on sale, rival automakers could no longer blame Washington for clumsy "safety" styling.
This year's Z28 could get bold graphics on the hood, and power steering became standard, but its 350-cubic-inch V-8 was detuned a little more. Even so, it was no feeble performer, still rated at 245 horsepower and adding a "High-Energy" ignition system at mid-year. Because compliance with even-stricter emissions standards would be costly, Chevrolet dropped the Z28 after 1974.
Other Camaros might carry a 145-, 160-, or 185-horsepower version of the 350-cubic-inch V-8, but some still held a 100-horse six. Production included 13,802 Z28s out of a total 151,008 Camaros. The Type LT became more luxurious and more costly.
A total of 48,963 LT Camaros were built, priced $347 higher than the base V-8 sport coupe. All prices started to gallop, jumping almost $500 across the board.
1974 Chevrolet Camaro Facts
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