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AJ's Car of the Day 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

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Car: Chevrolet Camaro Z28

Year: 1973

What makes it special: The 1973 Chevrolet Camaro was given a standard impact-absorbing front bumper system to meet new no-damage standards in 5 miles per hour NHTSA safety standards. The Z28 option could be ordered on both the sport coupe and LT models. When the Z28, Type LT, and Rally Sport options were combined, the usual Z28 badges, stripes, and graphics were deleted. Other changes included a new console-mounted shifter for automatic transmissions replacing the Buick-like horseshoe shifter of previous Camaros, and the reintroduction of power windows to the option list for the first time since 1969, with the switches mounted in the console.

What made it famous:  It's signature Z28 badging and decals remained, but it's former big block 396 cu in V8 option was no longer available. Due to new emissions standards, the top-rated 245 hp, 350 cu in V8 was the offering for the Z28.  This engine also was switched from solid-lifters to hydraulic tappets. Air conditioning became available as an option with this engine, and the Z28 was equipped with Rally-style wheels, variable-ratio steering, sport mirrors, and hidden windshield wipers.

Why I would want one: I had a chance many years ago to have this very year Z28, which I declined. It is one of my favorite body styles of the Chevrolet Camaro model, and I love the egg crate grille. It embodies both sports car and muscle car attributes, and I am a fan of that.

Fun fact: Chevrolet's second generation Camaro was produced starting in 1970 and lasted through 1981. GM engineers have said the second generation is much more of "A Driver's Car" than its predecessor, and was longer, lower, and wider than the first generation Camaro. A convertible body-type was no longer available.

( 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 photo from dinograz.com )

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