The Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 1966 for the 1967 model year, hitting the market in response to the wildly popular Ford Mustang. Offering a more traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout (unlike the rear-engine Corvair), plus a sexy two-door body (unlike the more squared-off Chevy II Nova), the first-generation Chevy Camaro would be the genesis for one of the most iconic muscle cars ever created. Now, we’re getting a look at an eye-grabbing Camaro concept from the nameplate’s early days.
Recently posted to the official GM Design instagram feed (@generalmotorsdesign), this sketch was created by Allen Young in 1968, and shows a concept proposal for a new Chevy Camaro Z/28. Unlike modern digitized concepts, this one was drawn by hand on a sheet of vellum using pencils, markers, and gouache, and simply oozes old-school cool.
For those who may not know, the Chevy Camaro Z/28 was born on the race tracks of the SCCA Trans-Am Series, taking the fight to the Mustang with a 302 cubic-inch V8 engine and select parts from the Chevrolet Corvette. To meet regulations, GM was required to produce at least 1,000 examples for the street, thus giving rise to the famous Z28 RPO code – a $400 option that included the 302 engine, upgraded suspension, Rally wheels, 15-inch tires, and quick-ratio steering. A Muncie four-speed and power front disc brakes were also required.
Naturally, all that go-faster goodness necessitates the right style, so as a follow-up, Young created this impressive Chevy Camaro Z/28 concept. The front end incorporates an unusual, boxy central intake, flanked by the wide, slim grille inserts more commonly associated with the first-gen Camaro.
Large vents are placed along the hood, while fat tires and a set of chrome exhaust pipes enhance the track-ready vibes. Final touches include red accent stripes around the fenders.
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