Steves Camaro Parts - 1967 Camaro SS-350 - Remembering Motor Trend's First Road Test

Excerpts from our original Chevrolet Camaro Test-Dec. '66 Enthusiasm for the Camaro comes easy. It invades the luxury kingdom of Cougar by offering more comfort options and the sporty area of the Mustang by having at least the same amount (if not more) of enthusiast-oriented accessories. 

 A Camaro exclusive is the 350-cubic-inch V-8 that comes as part of the SS-350 option. This engine is supplied with a four-barrel carb and is modestly rated at 295 horsepower. Torque is listed at 380 pound-feet at 3200 rpm. 

 All engines are available with either a four-speed manual transmission or a Powerglide automatic. Our test cars were both coupes, each had disc brakes, deluxe interiors, special instrumentation, and the Rally-Sport option, which consists of "RS" emblems, all-red taillights with backup lights in the valance, and a grille with concealed headlights.  

The SS-350 option includes heavier suspension components, Wide-Oval tires, and, of course, special "SS" emblems, a bumblebee stripe up front, and simulated hood scoops.  

Our SS-350 test car really surprised us. Quarter-mile times were exceptionally good, especially considering the over 3500-pound weight with two passengers plus test equipment aboard. We've tested comparably equipped cars that were considerably slower. Some finesse with the gas pedal was needed to get the SS-350 off to a good start. High-rpm runs produced excessive wheelspin and slow times. Coming out of the hole with the tach needle running just below 3000 rpm and then stabbing it produced the best times in the acceleration runs.-Steven Kelly, Assistant Editor  

Today's PerspectiveThe Camaro was Chevrolet's "up-yours" response to Ford's Mustang, and that rivalry is alive today. General Motors positioned the Camaro as an affordable sports car that could be outfitted with a six-cylinder engine and no radio for very little money or optioned up with a powerful V-8 and convertible top for upscale buyers. This vision still holds true. Over 4.5 million Camaros have rolled off the assembly lines since the car's introduction on Sept. 29, 1966.

Basic price$2572
Engine350-cid V-8
Horsepower @ rpm (gross)295 @ 4800
Torque, lb-ft @ rpm (gross)380 @ 3200
Acceleration, 0-60 mph, sec8.0
Quarter mile, sec/mph15.4/90.0
Braking, 60-0 mph, ft156