AJ's Car of the Day 1967 Nickey Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport

Car: Nickey Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport

Year: 1967

What makes it special: Nickey Chevrolet of Chicago, Illinois was one of the largest factory dealerships  specializing in high performance Muscle Car sales and service. Their Service Department performed numerous hot rod conversions with their parts department as their huge speed shop. They specialized in engine swaps, like transplanting 427 V8 engines into the very first 1967 Chevrolet Camaros.

What made it famous: With at least 450 bhp, these Camaro's were total performers. Since they were made for severe use, Nickey cars included heavy-duty racing equipment like explosion-proof bell housings and competition clutches and flywheels. Other mods included high-performance intake and exhaust components, low rear-end gears and M&H Racemaster slicks, and taller coil springs up front to maximize weight transfer.

Why I would want one: They are the ultimate first year Camaro. It was the most expensive dealer-modified Chevrolet Supercar of the time at a cost of around $6 K, but it was also the most complete and well engineered of all.  

Fun fact: Rumor has it that the cars accelerated so hard that owners were advised to drag race the cars with less than a half-full tank of gas to avoid fuel escaping from the rear filler cap.

 

( 1967 Nickey Chevrolet Camaro SS photo from dupontregistry.com )