Originally crafted to compete against its famed rival the Ford Mustang, the first generation Camaros have a special place in the hearts of most car lovers. While the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda would later become one of my personal favorites, these cars were a bit like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to me. They were, in many ways, my first introduction to something that would come to dominate my life.
While eventually I’d become more attuned to the swirling sounds of The Doors and even the otherwordly vocal styling of Joni Mitchell, they weren’t my introduction to music. That’s why for my money, there’s nothing better than the sight of a truly souped-up Camaro to remind me of my early days as a car lover.
For this week’s Car of the Week award, I chose to honor the Chevy Camaro Z28, which may not have been the fastest muscle car of its day, but definitely packed a style all its own. With a unique handling and suspension, seven-inch wide rims, twin rally stripes and four-wheel disc brakes, the car is also ideal for collectors looking for a new project.
The car looks excellent in any paint job (see Gtdhw‘s blue-and-white ride) and can easily be augmented with new pistons and pumps. And while it doesn’t come standard with cup holders (Sorry, wwb1969), like any great Car of the Week, it makes me want to play “Start Me Up,” while cruising down the freeway.
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