Chevy Camaro and Plymouth GTX Relive The ’70s With Drag Race: Video

We’re taking it back to the era of disco and bell-bottoms, but leaving the fashion and music behind in favor of some drag racing action between a 1978 Chevy Camaro and 1970 Plymouth GTX.

Coming to us from the Cars And Zebras YouTube channel, the video is just under 5-and-a-half minutes long, and provides an up-close inspection and specs for both vehicles, as well as heads-up racing action at the end. However, unlike the typical Cars And Zebras format, this particular video doesn’t include any commentary, but keeps it low-key with the raw sounds from the racetrack. For those viewers who prefer the comedy and quick meme cuts, there’s a link to a version of the video with exactly that in the comments.

Getting back to the cars, let’s start with the GM product. What we have here is a 1978 Chevy Camaro Z28, which is showing up to the party with characteristic late third-gen style and racing stripes on the hood. Hailing from the much-maligned Malaise Era of U.S. auto manufacturing, the 350 V8 under the hood was rated at 185 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm from the factory, with a compression ratio of 8.2:1. This particular Chevy Camaro is fitted with a three-speed automatic transmission, which feeds a set of 3.42 rear gears. Curb weight comes in at 3,549 pounds.

In the other lane is a 1970 Plymouth GTX, which has a 440 V8 topped by a four-barrel carburetor. Output from the factory was rated at 375 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 480 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm, with a compression ratio of 9.7:1. Sending the power rearwards is a four-speed manual transmission, feeding a set of 3.54 rear gears. Curb weight is set at 3,783 pounds.

Despite the Chevy Camaro’s weight advantage, the Plymouth GTX has a considerable power advantage – or at least it would, if both vehicles were completely stock. However, these two machines compete in the Factory Stock class, which does allow for some limited modifications, which means it is a bit of a toss-up as to which racer will come out on top. Hot play to see the results:

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (7)

  • No way a stock 78, Camaro wins this, talk about no power. Luckily for the sake of writing, some mods are allowed in this class.

  • Notice no one mentioned the gtx is a 3,800 lb fullsize all original without the track pack. The Camaro is modified, 2980 lbs , with the suspension package and a couple other goodies that it didnt come with. Nice try. Maybe next time get a 70 dart 340 car and that same Camaro. 1000 lbs matters more than 100 cid

  • Had a Camaro with a 305 and I was lucky enough to keep up with a Mazda Rx7. The driver of the Plymouth don't know how to shift each race should have been a close tie going both ways

  • Hey you seen it, heck a ls6 chevelle could over power a hemi A GTO could over power a hemi
    Hemi overrated a 69 Camaro 302 could jump a hemi sheeeeeeeet.