Classic Cars

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (1967)

May 13, 2015

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe 1969The first Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was introduced in 1967. It was created to compete in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am 2 class. Camaro Z28 featured a smaller and lighter V8 for improved weight balance, as well as quick-ratio steering and a heavy-duty suspension for track use. In keeping with its road-racing focus, the 1967 Camaro Z28 was not available with an automatic transmission or air conditioning.

The most-powerful engine available in a factory Camaro in 1967 was a 396 cid V8 with 375 horsepower. To prepare the Camaro Z28 for road racing, engineers specified a lighter, 302 cid V8, officially rated at 290 horsepower. While the 302 was not the choice for drag racers, it proved ideal for sports-car racing.

This 302-cubic-inch (4.9L) small-block was created by marrying the iron cylinder block of Chevrolet’s 327 V8, which had 4.00-inch bores, with the crankshaft of the smaller-displacement 283 engine, which delivered a 3.00-inch stroke, creating the 302-cubic-inch displacement that accommodated the engine-size regulation for SCCA’s Trans Am class.