Camaro Z/28: It Overheats at 80

at least according to Car and Driver magazine back in the day. (We’re searching for the reference-  it was NOT the April ’80 issue.) It wasn’t bad enough that the cars were sapped of all power due to hamhanded efforts* to meet EPA numbers.

*who doesn’t remember fondly the belt drive air pumps? How to decrease particulates per volume of air? Make less soot or better yet, add more air! PHYSICS!

The flipside of the equation is how to get the most go per pound and per dollar. Why use a THM400 – a bulletproof transmission if there ever was one – when a THM 200 will fit. Three speeds is three speeds, right? In the later second generation Camaros, the idea seemed to be “if the speed limit is 55 mph, why give it cooling for 120?”

Just add tape and some fake scoops!  – Roger in marketing.

Camaro Z/28
Looks fast/goes fast. What’s the difference? – Eric Stratton

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1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Camaro Z28

Car and Driver said of the 1982 Camaro: “928 aspirations; 924 execution.” That sounds about right, except that a 924 would be preferable.

Ooooh that (924) shifter!

This is a 1983.  We know, because of the “H.O.” badge.  This meant an extra 25-45 hp. to 190 from the small block 305 cid V8.  By way of comparison, out corporate shuttle has 285 hp from a 201 cubic inch V6.  God awful earth tone repaint aside, we do kind of like this car.  We rented a couple of 84-85 Camaros.  As cramped and underpowered plastic cars go, it was one of them.

Unlike the Mustangs of the day, the Camaros at least packed in humor.  “H.O.” is pretty obvious.  Pointless or nonfunctioning vents are always good for yuks. But look inside. Continue reading “1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28”

Russo and Steele 2014: Ultra-Rare 1969 Yenko Camaro with Original Engine and Bulletproof Documentation

[Ed.: Sounds sorta like Superstar’s from long ago.]
1969 Chevorlet Camaro YenkoScottsdale, Arizona (December 30, 2013) – The race-bred brainchild of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania’s Don Yenko, one of America’s premier road-racers and high-performance Chevy dealers, the Yenko Camaro remains one of the quickest and most-coveted American supercars of all time. Just 198 were built for 1969, courtesy of Chevy’s infamous COPO factory-ordering pipeline with the 425-horsepower L27 427 “big-block” engine at their core. While small in numbers, Yenko’s monstrous 427-powered Camaros ruled the street and strip with equal authority and they continue to epitomize Chevrolet’s 1960’s high-performance cars. Today, no serious high-performance collection is complete without one.

Factory-built with Chevrolet’s COPO 9561 (High-Performance) and 9737 (Sports Car Conversion) packages, the cars included Chevy’s brutal 427/425 L72 engine plus heavy-duty suspension and cooling, ZL2 Cowl Induction hood, power front disc brakes, 4.10:1 Positraction rear axle, 15×7 wheels, E70x15 tires, a 140-mph speedometer, front and rear spoilers, and a larger front sway bar. Following delivery to Yenko Chevrolet, signature touches included a Stewart-Warner tachometer, custom wheels, and unique Yenko graphics, stripes, and Yenko-accented seats. Yenko also relabeled the 427’s air-cleaner lid with a more accurate power rating of 450 horsepower. Of the six exterior colors available, the Daytona Yellow of this outstanding example remains perhaps the most desirable.

In addition, this particular 1969 Yenko Camaro stands tall as being one of precious few to retain its original factory-installed 427 engine, hooked to a non-original but nonetheless correct and proper Muncie M-21 four-speed manual transmission. While all Yenko Camaros from ’69 continue to be particularly valuable and collectible due to their factory-built authenticity, only an estimated one-quarter of remaining examples retain their original factory-installed engines. Significantly, fewer are four-speed-equipped cars.

Offered from a noted California-based private collection best known for its careful selection parameters and excellent care, this 1969 Yenko Camaro is now being reluctantly sold only due to current space constraints. Ownership history is beyond reproach with prior caretakers forming a veritable “Who’s Who” list of the collector world. High-profile media exposure includes 2005 coverage of the car with then-owner Greg Joseph and pro-wrestler/car-guy Bill Goldberg for the History Channel’s Automaniacs TV show. Shortly thereafter, the consignor acquired the car, with whom the car was invited to the ultra-exclusive “Muscle Cars at the Mansion” car show, where 23 handpicked muscle cars from around the world were selected for display at the famous Playboy Mansion. In addition, famed photographer Ron Kimball’s images of the Camaro have graced various calendars. Documentation is bulletproof, including a copy of an original Yenko Chevrolet Inventory Sheet, a 1991 COPO Connection report by Chevy muscle car expert Ed Cuneen, and inclusion within the Yenko Registry.

Fully restored, retaining most of its original sheet metal, and containing correct, date-coded components along with its factory-original engine, this 1969 Yenko Camaro is, simply put, one of, if not the best of its breed in the world, marking a fantastic opportunity for collectors of the hottest and most rare American muscle cars ever conceived. For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more information on the offering at Scottsdale of this stellar 1969 Yenko Camaro, please contact Michelle Gothan at michelle [at] russoandsteele [dot] com.)