Classic Muscle Car: Chevy Camaro Z/28

by • December 13, 2013 • Cars & Rides, VideosComments (0)

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General Motors is reintroducing the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 for 2014. Most know that the Camaro was discontinued by GM after the 2002 model, but an interesting thing happened in the mid-to-late 2000s; Ford redesigned the Mustang to look more like its 1960s predecessors, and Chrysler also reintroduced the Dodge Challenger. Both the Challenger and the Mustang looked like a modern interpretation of the older models from the pony car heyday of the late ’60s and early ’70s. It seemed that the only pony car missing, at least from the brands still in existence, was the Chevrolet Camaro, and it wasn’t too hard to predict that the Camaro would be back. Chevy brought the Camaro back in 2011, but the fastest version of this car from days gone by, the Z/28, has been conspicuously absent. Until now, that is. As we discussed previously, Chevy debuted a new 2014 Camaro Z/28 that beat Porsche and Lamborghini in a lap around the Nürburgring. The Z/28 maxed out around 160 miles per hour during that run and is undoubtedly the fastest version of the Camaro in Chevy’s lineup.

This video takes a look at some of the earlier versions of the Z/28 from years past. Some examples of this classic pony car are in pristine condition, while others are still being driven daily and can be considered “beaters.” There are also some specimens highlighted that have all kinds of rare, one of a kind features, like the 1968 Z/28, the only version of this car with a convertible top. There’s something about the look of the new Camaros that I don’t like, and watching this video, I think I realized what it is. You’ll notice that the old Z/28s don’t have Chevy’s bow tie logo prominently displayed. Where is does appear on the old Z/28s, it’s very small and hard to notice. The new Camaros have huge bow ties displayed in the middle of the grill and on the rear of the car in between the headlights. Given that it’s the same logo that we’ve seen prominently displayed on cheaper, poorer quality vehicles that GM has produced over the past couple decades, it doesn’t seem to be a good choice for a car that will likely cost upwards of $60,000. It cheapens the car by associating it with lesser models and calls into question the new Z/28′s quality. Check out the video and let us know what you think. If you like it, ‘Share’ it.

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