Category Archives: Camaro

Z28 Pursuit

The glory that was grease

The glory that was grease

Cruising (OK, not really cruising but racing off to dinner) south of the 101 Freeway we encountered an automotive echo of the fairly recent past.  We’re safely guessing it’s an ’84 – ’87 Chevy Camaro Z28.  That means it’s equipped with, at the very least, a 305 cubic inch V8 which was, in a way, de-tuned for the times.  Still if you can find a 4-speed equipped version you’ll be sitting pretty on the collector market in fairly short order.  Unless, of course, you drive it hard and have actual fun with it.

Hindsight seeing

Hindsight seeing

This view confirms it’s a for-real Z28 high performance model; note that dual exhaust action. Lookin’ mighty butch, n’est-ce pas?

1st gen sensation

1st gen sensation

We got pretty much the same “at speed” kind of shot when we captured this first generation (’68 – ’69?) Camaro a while back. Is that a pack of Luckies rolled up in your sleeve?

Bumper car

Bumper car

How about this ’73 Type LT?  That bumper could double as a battering ram but overall we find the whole package kind of ersatz Ferrari funky.  Yeah, we can dig it.

Scary stuff!

Scary stuff!

This flat black ’92 RS has a super sinister affect so it could be driven by a bad guy or a bad good guy (Vin Diesel?) either ironically or in refreshing bad taste.  This is where “tough” is spell “tuff”.

Shapely Chev

Shapely Chev

What about the Ferrari-esque silhouette of this ’72 Camaro?  This particular car is, perhaps, a bit tired in the shine department but the shape is as vital today as it was over 40 years ago.

'60 lookin' so very fine

’60 lookin’ so very fine

This ’69 coupe reflects the resurgence of AC/DC insofar as “Black Is Back” endures.  The dog dish hubcaps give this example an outlaw gloss.  Practice this line: “Which one of you is man enough to take me on?”

Do the exhaust tips and vinyl roof make it go faster?

Do the exhaust tips and vinyl roof make it go faster?

FeralCars Field Scout Matthew Reader documented this ’76 Type LT in the wild.  We’ve never been all partial to vinyl roofs, especially the swoopy kind, and can do without those cheesy wheels BUT, damn, it’s a fall harvest themed car if ever there was one.

When the Camaro was first introduced Chevy rented a volcano and let it rip.  The spawn of all this magma is a SS350 performance model.   That announcer could follow you around telling everybody how “with it” you really are.  That’s a great value.

We kind of like this ’83 Z28 so  why not add it to your personal fleet?  If you do succeed in snagging it you might consider changing your name to Vinny. Entirely up to you.

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DRIVEN to remind

Slide show ride

Slide show ride

Ever so brief reminder here, should you find your way to Palm Springs this Wednesday evening, February 19. Drive over to DRIVEN, an art installation sponsored by Feralcars.com, featuring the noir car art of Eric Nash plus curated car show by Matthew Reader. The evening’s host is Billy F Gibbons.   The fun starts at 5 and we’ll be running a big, boss FeralCars slide show that includes this ’64 Buick Riviera booty shot and lots of other scrumptious car flesh visuals.

Cadillac by Nash, yes it really is

Cadillac by Nash

Host d with ehydrated band members + The Reverend Willy G + Wiilys + freeze dried band members a.k.a "Flavor KryZZtals"

The Reverend Willy G + Wiilys + freeze-dried band members a.k.a “Flavor KryZZtals”

The Archdeacon Gallery is located at 865 North Palm Canyon Drive, deep in the heart of Palm Springs’ très chic Uptown Arts District.   Stop by to ogle, mingle and enjoy a cocktail courtesy of the good folks at Pura Vida

Speaking of "Dat Gibbons boy!"

Speaking of “dat Gibbons boy”

Product placement pro

Product placement pro

 

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Keep your eye on the Camaro

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We know that Starsky & Hutch drove a Torino but this ’75 Camaro is a car worth singning about.  It’s in great condition except for a bent license plate and some road spray behind the front wheels but a real daily driver* and (mostly) not messed with.  Chevy had Ferrari styling specifically in mind for the second generation Camaro which was a big success especially in light of Ford ceding the pony car market it had created eleven years earlier. By this time the Mustang II was based on Pinto architecture and Mercury’s Cougar had moved up to a bigger platform to compete with Chevy’s Monte Carlo and the Pontiac Grand Prix.  Chrysler had dropped both the Barracuda and Challenger and AMC 86’d the Javelin, making Carmaro, and corporate sibling Firebird, just about the only game in Ponytown. Camaros of this era certainly look like muscle cars (especially this one with those butch wheels and tires) but the reality is that power was provided by one of two anemic 350 V8s or by a straight six that turned out a measly 105 hp.  Not so fast on the road but pretty impressive at curbside, no?

*What makes us so sure this is a daily driver?  Apart from the fact that it was parked overnight in front of an apartment building, the giveaway is the Sirius satellite radio antenna nestled in the cowl area next to the passenger side A-pillar. Howard Stern’s enduring appeal notwithstanding, who would install one of these and pay for the subscription if it were only driven for “show”?

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Here’s a look at a similar ’74, also yellow, being put through its paces back in the day for a whole lot of tire squealing but not a lot of “go.”

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