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AJ's Car of the Day: Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28
 
Year: 1971
 
What makes it special: It was the first year that the Chevrolet's Camaro engines (among other models) were now running on lower-octane regular-leaded, low-lead, or unleaded gasoline, forcing reduced compression ratios and horsepower due to a General Motors corporate mandate, basically the spectre of things to come for all manufacturers.
 
What made it famous: New high-back Strato bucket seats with built-in headrests replaced the 1970-only low-back seats with adjustable headrests, and the 330 HP LT-1 350 V8.
 
Why I want one: Nearly traded a 1966 Ford Fairlane for a 1971 Camaro Z28...chickened out at last minute, never realizing that I was passing on a future classic...dumb.
 
Fun fact: More "fact" than "fun", but production and sales dropped due to a 67-day corporate-wide strike at GM with the introduction of the 1971 models in late September 1970, along with a continued declining interest in the ponycar market fueled by skyrocketing insurance rates for high-performance cars.
 
 
 
 
Photos from fastlanecars.com

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