The Chevy Camaro bowed on September 26th, 1966, for the 1967 model year. The Camaro was Chevy’s answer to the overwhelming success of the Ford Mustang. There were numerous differences between the two pony cars. The Camaro was more streamlined than the Mustang. The Camaro had a partial frame in front as opposed to the Mustang’s full unibody design, with the idea the partial frame would help isolate and reduce noise while offering improved ride quality. The rear was a unibody design, to save space and production expense.
The new Chevy Camaro was chosen to pace the 51st annual Indianapolis 500 in 1967. Chevrolet specially prepared four Camaros to handle track duties, and 100 replica pace cars to be used by race officials and VIPs for the month prior to the race. The Camaro Pace Cars were Ermine White with Bright Blue interiors, white soft tops, in RS/SS trim, with “Chevrolet Camaro Official Pace Car 51st Annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race – May 30, 1967” decals on the doors. The Pace Car nose featured a blue stripe and pin stripe as part of the SS package.
Our feature 1967 Chevy Camaro RS/SS Pace Car is finished in standard Ermine White with blue RS/SS stripes and trim, Indy 500 Pace Car decals on the doors, and Medium Blue convertible top over a Bright Blue vinyl interior. It is powered by the numbers-matching L35 396 cubic inch Big Block producing 325 horsepower. The monster mill is backed by an M40 Turbo Hydramatic three-speed automatic transmission. The Camaro Pace Car is equipped with power steering, power brakes, and an aftermarket AM/FM/cassette radio. The whole affair rolls on redline radial rubber with N96 magnesium five-spoke wheel covers. In the engine bay, the 396 is dressed with a chrome air cleaner cover and chrome valve covers. Included in the sale is an NCRS Shipping Report.
This Chevy Camaro RS/SS Pace Car will cross the auction block at the Mecum Auctions Harrisburg, PA sale taking place July 26th through the 29th.